Writers’ Retreats.

 

Luxury writing retreats and residential courses. Bliss.

Whether you’re an old hand or a complete beginner, we’re here to help you find the joy of writing.

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All the Things You Could Ever Want for Your Dream Writing Retreat; Lovely Private Rooms, Log Fires, Personal Writing Space, Great Food, Beautiful Scenery, Lively Chat or Rural Solitude.

Our writers’ retreats and courses are set in a beautiful manor house in rural Dorset, not far from the sea. 

Enjoy time with your fellow writers and guidance from author tutor Louise Dean. Our week-long residential course includes inspiring acclaimed writer tutors.

Your story starts here.

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Peace and Plenty For Writers.

 

In the glorious West Country sits the stunning county of Dorset. Its coastline is the world famous Jurassic Coast; a Natural World Heritage site with beautiful beaches, ancient cliffs and craggy caves. The county of Dorset resonates with the romance of Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen and Daphne du Maurier, all of whom used it as a backdrop in their works. The Vale of Marshwood is a unique and special place with its ancient small fields much as it was during the Iron Age. The Vale’s remoteness brings a level of peaceful tranquility that is hard to find and some excellent star-gazing on clear nights.  

“A Really Wonderful Retreat in the Gorgeous Dorset Countryside.”

“A perfect peaceful environment for writing; a beautiful room of one’s own and acres of living space. A safe and encouraging place to share work and insightful conversations with fellow writers, sustained by great food. Louise Dean’s generous spirit guided us all throughout and the epic hospitality and log fire left us warmed and renewed for the task ahead.” Charlotte Purchas.

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“The retreat was a lovely mix of great conversation, quiet contemplation, gorgeous food, and serious writing. It was a special experience too to hear everyone read their work out loud, warmed by the poetry of lamplight, blankets and log fires.” Hannah Dolby.

“The standard of the writing is so high and the teaching is so focused on your personal needs. The undisturbed writing time, the formal and informal discussions with Louise Dean and the great conversations with the other writers on the retreat. I was hugely inspired.” Gabrielle McLaughlin.

“The retreat really does what it says on the tin. I get away from daily distractions and focus on production. I have done a general overhaul of my manuscript, adding missing pieces plus some fresh ideas. Dinner is a winner every night. So write on my fellow literary spirits! Enjoy our time together in these hallowed grounds of creation.” Babar Javed.

All-Inclusive Residential Writing Courses.

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Accommodation.

Private rooms in beautiful cottages. A private writing space is allocated to each writer. Toiletries, luxury bedding, all towels and high-speed wifi are available in all cottages.The cottages have large, communal sitting rooms with log-burners and tv. Each cottage has a utility room with washer and dryer at guests’ disposal.

There are country walks, a beautiful church on a hilltop and charming pubs close by. Bridport is packed with wonderful cafes and restaurants if you are going to an event at the literary festival. Don’t miss the Golden Cap walk or the Jurassic Coastline.

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Home-made Food.

All meals are home cooked using local ingredients. The cottages are stocked on arrival with tea, coffee, milk, fruit teas, full fruit bowl, and full biscuit tin. Breakfast and supper are taken in the Milking Parlous. Breakfast basket includes bread, croissants, butter, jams, eggs, juice, cereal, yogurts and one or two other treats. Cake will be available at tea-time 4pm. Home cooked locally sourced supper is served each night so guests can come together at the end of the day. Red and white wine is provided.There is a licensed bar on site. Enjoy the 7pm G&T and literary gossip  with author tutor Louise Dean. 

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A Writer’s Environment.

The Manor is set in 13 acres of garden and woodland for total peace and stunning scenery. Writers will be at leisure to keep their own hours, writing, sleeping, walking as they wish. Breakfast and supper and tea will be at fixed times and guest tutor sessions in the afternoon so as not to interrupt the glorious morning's writing. But all are optional. You can schedule your one-to-one hour with author tutor Louise Dean to discuss steps towards publication. After dinner readings by the fire are cosy and riveting. 

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The Bridport Retreat 5-11 November 2019. £695.

The six-day writing retreat. Enjoy peace and plenty and the like-minded company of other writers in the Manor in rural Dorset. Luxurious bedding and soft pillows for serious slumber. Includes breakfasts and home-cooked dinners, and homemade cake at tea time. After-dinner readings. Benefit from a one-to-one session with author and tutor Louise Dean to make a plan for your path to publication. Rest, and write. Enjoy a trip to Bridport and the scenic coastal walks. Book now to reserve the last place. 

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The Full English Course 2-9 February 2020. £975.

A seven-day coached course with daily lessons and guest speakers to take your writing to the next level. Morning lessons with an award-winning author will remind you of the obvious and wonderful and help you focus on your highest ambition. One-to-one afternoon sessions with author Louise Dean to get feedback on your writing. Team evenings of food, fun and chat with like-minded writers. Guest speakers. Includes home-cooked meals. Crack your novel and find new inspiration.       

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The Bridport Retreat 3-9 November 2020. £695.

The six-day writing retreat. Enjoy peace and plenty and the like-minded company of other writers in the Manor in rural Dorset. Luxurious bedding and soft pillows for serious slumber. Includes breakfasts and home-cooked dinners, and homemade cake at tea time. After-dinner readings. Benefit from a one-to-one session with author and tutor Louise Dean to make a plan for your path to publication. Rest, and write. Enjoy a trip to Bridport and the scenic coastal walks. Book your place!

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The Full English Course 7-14 February 2021. £975.

A seven-day coached course with daily lessons and guest speakers to take your writing to the next level. Morning lessons with an award-winning author will remind you of the obvious and wonderful and help you focus on your highest ambition. One-to-one afternoon sessions with author Louise Dean to get feedback on your writing. Team evenings of food, fun and chat with like-minded writers. Guest speakers. Includes home-cooked meals. Crack your novel and find new inspiration.       

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Sophie Hannah.

Guest Tutor and Author for The Full English Course 2020.

Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling crime fiction writer. A prolific author, her crime novels have been translated into 34 languages and published in 51 countries.

Sophie’s novels The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have been adapted for television as Case Sensitive, starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd.

Sophie is also a bestselling poet who has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE and A-level throughout the UK.

Sophie Hannan

Louise Dean. Your Tutor.

Experience the energy of Louise Dean’s care and coaching.

‘I remember Louise telling us on the first evening, “this week you’re going to walk the walk: you’re all writers,” and the ripple that went around the room, the collective intake of breath.’

Emylia Hall. (Author of A Heart Bent Out of Shape, The Sea Between Us and The Thousand Lights Hotel.)

 

 

 

Louise Dean’s novels have been published internationally by Penguin, Simon & Schuster and others. Booker Prize longlisted. Winner of The Society of Authors Betty Trask Prize, Winner of Le Prince Maurice Prize. Nominated for The Guardian First Book Prize, the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award and an Oprah Book Club choice. 

 

 

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