Writers' Retreats.


Luxury Writing Retreats and Writers' Residential Courses Courses.


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


Join the next retreat in November.

'One of the world's top ten best creative writing holidays.' 

The Telegraph.

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

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.

Enjoy time with your fellow writers and guidance from author tutor Louise Dean.

Your story starts here.

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"Areally wonderful retreat in the gorgeous Dorset countryside"

"A perfect peaceful environment for writing; a beautiful room of ones 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 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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Private rooms in cottages. Some rooms have writing spaces (desk and chair) in the room. A private writing space is allocated to each writer. Toiletries, luxury bedding, all towels and high-speed wifi are available in all cottages. Each cottage has a utility room with washer and dryer at guests’ disposal.

There is a games room on site, plenty of parking and hosts available around the clock. 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, full biscuit tin. Breakfast and supper are taken in the Victorian Barn. 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 but guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. Enjoy the 7pm G&T and literary gossip  with author tutor Louise Dean. There is a licensed bar on site.

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A Writer's Environment

The Manor is set in 13 acres of garden and woodland for total peace and quiet and stunning scenery. . The cottages have large, communal sitting rooms with log-burners and tv but we ask that tvs/laptops/radios are only used with headphones when other guests may be writing. 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. 

Sophie Hannah.

Guest Tutor and Author for The Full English 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

Kit de Waal.

Guest Tutor and Author for The Full English 2020.

Kit de Waal, born to an Irish mother and Caribbean father, was brought up among the Irish community of Birmingham in the 60's and 70's.

Her debut novel My Name Is Leon was an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2017.

Her latest novel (2018) The Trick to Time has had rave reviews and been described by Andrew Marr as 'beautiful.'


Kit de Waal

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 Austin 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.  


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

The 6-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. Just ten places to guarantee writers pace and the attention their work deserves. Book now for early easy payment plans.

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

A 7-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 realizing your highest ambitions. One to one afternoon sessions with author Louise Dean to explore your plot and concept and give 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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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. Man Booker longlisted. Winner of The Society of Authors Betty Trask Prize, Winner Le Prince Maurice Prize. Nominated for The Guardian First Book Prize, the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award and an Oprah Book Club choice.  


"Louise is exceptionally intelligent, talented and literate and always wholeheartedly encouraging."

Helen Callaghan
Author of 'Dear Amy' and 'Everything is Lies'.

"Louise's dazzling expertise at every level of the novel-writing odyssey. It's like going to a very good school where the head truly has a calling."

Ann Hodson

"Louise listens, encourages and gives good critical feedback not some airy fairy feedback but something that makes sense...she’s all about getting it done. She explains how and why things should be done in a certain way - it finally fell into place for me. That dream of writing a novel isn’t a dream anymore."

Ros Try-Hane

"Louise certainly knows her stuff and my style of writing has improved dramatically. I have achieved so much more than I thought I was capable of. "

Viv Singfield

"Your guide knows what lies ahead, but has retained her thirst for the unexpected, she is discovering just as much as you are. I managed to leave the inner critic behind very early in the process. That's down to Louise. I don't know how she did it, but it's the first time ever."

Sam Hudson

"Louise has been there and done that, and she knows what you are experiencing every step of the way. "

David Hogarth

"Wow! Louise is a gifted facilitator. This course has made me really think about what I want to achieve with this book and has given me the confidence to stretch myself far more than I thought possible."

Sara Bailey

"I feel alive, inspired and creative again. That’s all thanks to Louise. "

Lindsey Pitt

"With Louise, you have a fabulous tutor, mentor and friend all in one."

Janice Cumberlidge

"Louise is a supportive and insightful tutor and the daily lessons brim with enthusiasm, knowledge, and years of experience."

Jo Martin

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

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