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We can teach you to write

The Writing Retreat provides the skills and knowledge you need to transform your writing. We're here to help you learn to write and become the best writer you can be.

Online courses

Our online writing courses help you learn the skills every writer needs, at your own pace and when it suits you. No more dreaming about learning to write someday - you can get started right away.

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Stay Home Sundays

Our tutored half-day Sunday retreats live on Zoom are the perfect way to practice and learn with other writers; the best sort of company. Our 2021 programme has something for everyone.

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Residential retreats

Our 5-night residential writing retreats, in beautiful houses in Cornwall, UK, are on hold because of the pandemic, but they will be back. Subscribe and be among the first to book when we resume. 

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Need help with a writing project?  

Sometimes you need a bit of hands-on support with your writing. We can coach, mentor, edit or critique and, as well as the two of us, we have associate editors and tutors on hand to help. Whatever you need, get in touch, and we'll point you in the right direction. 

Copy editing

This is micro-level editing of your final copy, preparing your work for public consumption. Copy editing not only erases any grammatical inconsistencies but also involves revising the text for your use of style and language, pace and punctuation. This is an essential stage that every manuscript needs to go through in preparation for publication. We will help you polish your text until it shines. 

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Manuscript appraisal 

Our skilled and objective reading and assessment of your entire manuscript will give you plenty of advice designed to help you revise your writing. Do your characters have their own narrative arcs? Is your plot hole-free? Is your story well structured? Will the reader want to turn the page?  We will consider all this and much more, and our feedback will be thorough, honest and always constructive. 

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One-to-one support

Stuck or blocked? Struggling with one or more specific aspects of writing craft? Need a sounding board for ideas, or are you looking for a writing tutor but prefer individual tuition to working in a group setting? This is where a writing mentor can really help. We'll sit down with you and mentor you personally through any aspect of your writing journey. Whatever the issue, you will have our undivided attention.

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Expert writing tutors

About us 

We're Kath Morgan and Jane Moss, two writers from Cornwall in the UK.

We're here to help you be the best writer you can be.

Whatever your ambition as a writer, we'll help you find your way.

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Don't just take our word for it...

We've had the honour of being a part of the writing journey for many writers over the years. Here's what a few of them say about The Writing Retreat.

Ellen McGarrahan - photo credit Alan Williams
Ellen McGarrahan

"With Kath and Jane's wise kind guidance I have learned all the aspects of craft. And I’ve learned that it’s okay to call yourself a writer. It’s that belief that I cherish most." 

Ella Walsworth-Bell
Ella Wallsworth-Bell

"I'd never have progressed beyond the 'dreaming about writing' stage without Kath and Jane. Writing is a craft that anyone can learn; but not everyone can teach it."

Jill Tresedar
Jill Treseder

"Kath and Jane's course on structure was invaluable. I will never be a planner (tried it once, disaster) but I now have a strategy for rescuing myself from chaos. Great value."

Cass Grafton
Eve Collett

"My confidence and belief in my own writing ability has soared and I came away with a head full of new ideas. They are excellent teachers, and their advice is invaluable."

Robin Falvey
Robin Falvey

"If you're looking for writing tuition, you really can't do better than Kath and Jane's writing events. They are friendly and generous, and are extremely good teachers."

Eve Collett
Cass Grafton

"I was battling with stumbling blocks on a novel I just couldn't seem to finish, which is now published. It’s one of the best investments I’ve made in my writing apprenticeship."

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