We Teach The Skills & Knowledge Writers Need

We will help you learn to write fiction that shines

Nobody comes to writing fiction just knowing how to do it. We all need to learn the craft. Here at The Writing Retreat, we will help you to:

  • Acquire the skills you need to be a confident writer

  • Relax in the knowledge that your writing reads well

  • Feel in charge of your writing and your storylines

  • Enjoy being in control of your story's structure

  • Write to a professional publishable standard

We've been doing this a long time, and we know we can help you grow as a writer. Whatever stage of your journey you're at – beginner, intermediate or advanced – we will be with you every step of the way.

Live events and residential retreats in Cornwall

Our 5-night residential retreats take you away from the pressures of everyday life. You’ll enjoy beautiful Cornish locations with supportive tutors, inspiring workshops and one to ones, great company, and fabulous food.

If you’re local, you can join in with our one-day retreats on Sundays overlooking the spectacular panorama of Falmouth Harbour. And in July 2023 we are delighted to be hosting our first Just Write summer weekend, near Falmouth.

Treat yourself to The Writing Retreat and see your writing transform.

Courses and Writing  Services Online

Our groups and courses online enable you to enjoy the support of a writing community from the comfort of your own home. You will need to bring your own cake (sorry about that) but what you will get from us is a clear focus on honing your writing skills to bring your work up to a publishable standard.

While Lockdown undeniably kickstarted our online adventure, we have fallen a bit in love with this online learning thing and we’ve been able to connect with writers from all over the world, which has been fantastic.

We also provide a bespoke writing support service, so if you don’t find the sort of help you want listed anywhere, then we can tailor something for you through our one to one service.

In their own words …

Ellen McGarrahan

Ellen McGarrahan

“With Kath and Jane’s wise guidance I have learned all the aspects of craft. With them I’ve learned that it’s okay to call myself a writer. It’s that belief I cherish most.”

Ella Wallsworth-Bell

Ella Wallsworth-Bell

“Without The Writing Retreat, I never would have progressed beyond the ‘dreaming about writing’ stage. Writing is a craft that anyone can learn, but not everyone can teach it.”

Jill Treseder

Jill Treseder

“The Writing Retreat’s course on novel structure was invaluable. I will never be a planner (tried it once, disaster) but I now have a strategy for rescuing myself from chaos.”

Eve Collett

Eve Collett

“My confidence and belief in my own ability soared with The Writing Retreat. I came away with a head full of new ideas. They are excellent teachers whose advice is invaluable.

Robin Flakey

Robin Falvey

“If you’re looking for writing tuition, you really can’t do better than Kath and Jane at The Writing Retreat. They are friendly and generous, and are extremely good teachers."  

Cass Grafton

“The Writing Retreat is one of the best investments I’ve made in my writing apprenticeship. I was battling with stumbling blocks on a novel I just couldn’t finish. It’s now published.

Caroline Little

“If I had known five years ago what I know now, my novel wouldn’t have taken so long. Learning by experience and trial and error is all very well - but you do need the right tools.”

Chris Nelson

I had done some planning myself - but not to this extent! This course has lit a fire within me that is demanding to be fed. I am writing with much more enthusiasm than I have in years.

Julia Webb-Harvey

You have to be careful - writing is addictive and with their input I grew in confidence and found my voice. I’m now doing a PhD (Creative Writing) so it is a strong path they lay.  

Unsure about the best course of action to take?

Drop us an email at contact@thewritingretreat.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.

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