SPRING RETREAT AT ASTHALL MANOR, BURFORD, OXFORDSHIRE May 10 – 13, 2019 Long weekend retreat for novel writers at Asthall Manor, Contact us for bookings >
Writing retreats in historic homes twice a year for small groups of writers
For many writers, the biggest stumbling block in writing a novel is finding the time and mental headspace to actually sit down, be inspired and write.
Our retreats in May and October offer you the chance to write in peace and to explore and develop your skills alongside support from one of our editors. We also invite guest authors to give workshops and evening readings and there’s an opportunity to meet a literary agent or publisher to give an insight into the world of publishing.
At our upcoming May retreat at Asthall Manor, Louise Doughty, award winning author of Apple Tree Yard will give an afternoon workshop on structure and plot. Selina Walker, publishing director at Penguin Random House will talk about trends in the publishing world and how a best seller is sold. Caroline Wood, leading literary agent at Felicity Bryan Associates will also be on hand to talk about what agents are looking for and some tips on how to get out of the slush pile.
Guests stay in beautiful private homes, often with a strong literary heritage, in comfortable and spacious boutique-style accommodation. There’s an emphasis on good, healthy food with three meals a day provided by an accomplished cook with ingredients sourced locally as well as from our hosts’ kitchen gardens.