Testimonials for The Writing Retreat
The Writing Retreat was formed in 2014 but Kath and Jane started working with writers long before that. We help writers learn the craft, start and finish projects, polish novels, set writing goals, and much more. Here are just some of the things a small selection of our clients have to say about us.
The Writing Retreat is one of the best investments I’ve made in my writing apprenticeship. I was battling with plot stumbling blocks on a novel I just couldn't finish. Thanks to the guidance and encouragement of the lovely writing tutors, Jane and Kath, it's now published.
The course on Structure was invaluable. I will never be a planner (tried it, disaster) but the framework(s) provided by Kath and Jane means that I have a strategy for rescuing myself from the chaos that can result from not planning. And, spookily, the chaos is much less chaotic than it used to be!
Kath & Jane embrace all levels of writers, and there is a collegiate feel. You also have to be careful - writing is addictive and with their input, I grew in confidence, found my voice. I'm now doing a PhD (Creative Writing) so it is a strong path they lay. I can definitely recommend The Writing Retreat.
I quickly learned that there was a lot I did not know about craft, from story arcs to characters, techniques and approaches I’d heard about but never studied. I learned to trust my own interior editor, to make decisions based on what I want to say, not on what I think someone else will want or think is right. To find my inner north star.
I completed one of Kath's creative writing courses and could not recommend her more highly! Like most people I felt very vulnerable the first time I shared my writing with a group, but Kath creates a fun and supportive environment, which is thoroughly enjoyable. Go on, sign up for one of Kath's courses - you'll love it!
Kath Morgan is a fantastic teacher as she shares her knowledge and experience freely. She helped me find my style and I learnt the craft of writing during my time with her. I began knowing nothing and now I have the skills and confidence to do something I have always wanted to do, write! I have Kath to thank for getting me started.
Kath made learning the craft of creative short story writing compelling, fun and swift in development. I can highly recommend a writing retreat or a one day workshop. I was gripped by the way my imagination could be channeled into writing fiction which opened up my creative spirit. Thank You for that Kath.
My daughter wanted some guidance for an assessment in creative writing. Kath took the time to understand our objectives and built a course to suit our needs. When we were driving back from the assessment my daughter said it was like Kath knew what she would have to do. Our daughter passed the assessment. Thank you so much for being such a great teacher Kath.
Kath is both an experienced writer and an experienced teacher. She offers clear explanations about how to write more effectively and creative exercises which enabled me to improve my writing. I highly recommend her as a writing tutor and wish her every success with her writing retreats.
I loved the residential retreat. Every moment. My writing is a joy once again. I had lost my way with it and within the first day of the course I had a better storyline and character. I am excited to write again. The food was exceptional, like dining out every night. Fantastic.
The house was perfect. Needless to say, you can’t improve on the food. I’d like to thank you all for everything that you have done for me this last week. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you and I would not have had so much fun and laughed so much.
Wonderful memories of a house full of warm, friendly, funny people. Incredible encouragement and inspiration to really take my writing more seriously. Thank you to all of you for sharing yourselves on such a well organised and well fed retreat!! I would love to come back
I took the Seven Stories course from The Writing Retreat and it was an excellent introduction to the types of stories writers produce. The communication with Jane and Kath was clear and trouble-free, and the course was clearly presented and easy to follow, with really useful exercises that kept me engaged but also developed my skills. The course was fantastic value and taught me a lot. It was presented in an engaging and accessible way. Thoroughly recommend.
I have taken part in several of The Writing Retreat workshops including the recent sessions introducing me to writing for Children and Young Adults and, earlier in the year, the half-day session on The Hero’s Journey. The workshops are very informative and easy to follow with practical exercises providing participants with the tools to put the theory into practice. On every occasion I have come away having learnt something new and with my enthusiasm for writing rekindled. Kath and Jane are friendly, engaging, and constructive mentors. I would highly recommend these workshops and The Writing Retreat for both new and experienced writers
I have experienced both Kath and Jane's writing courses over a number of years and my writing has improved considerably. Their sessions provide a safe space to be creative and play with new ideas and contexts. Feedback on writing is always professional, supportive and encouraging. I've also worked on a few of their residential writing retreats, assisting with the catering and dropping in on workshops and talks with some amazing guest authors when time allowed. The venues are super special and provide ideal settings to get writing done!