The year that was:
2016 was a busy and productive year for us at The Writing Retreat; a year in which we welcomed back several past guests – always such a pleasure – and met many new ones, and a year in which we consolidated some old partnerships and formed new ones.
In May we launched our new venue, the beautiful National Trust house at Bosloe, over looking the Helford. The Arts and Craft charm of the house and the stunning sea views were a hit with guests old and new, as was our guest author Patrick Gale. The setting at Bosloe is spectacular, even by Cornwall standards. We promised we would be back, and we will be in 2017 (see below).
In March and November, we retreated to lovely Rosemerryn, tucked away in the woods above Lamorna, where everyone worked hard and made fantastic progress with their writing projects. We are thrilled to be returning to Rosemerryn again in March for our popular Craft of Writing retreat.
In November 2016 we were delighted to be invited to judge the 9th annual Barbara Scannell writing competition for the Falmouth and Truro U3A group. At the presentation lunch, we discovered pockets of real talent and one unexpectedly familiar face – yes, one of our recent guests (you know who you are!), who turned out to be among the prize winners we had judged anonymously. It was a lovely occasion.
The year ahead:
In a world where things are changing at a dizzying pace, we look forward with relish to the opportunities in 2017 to retreat from the world for a few short spells and forget about everything except being writers, surrounded by our fellow writers, thinking only about writing. Bliss.
Craft of Writing retreat at Rosemerryn, 13-18 March
This retreat is now full, and it’s lovely to have the carrot of a springtime retreat dangling just six weeks in front of our noses. This retreat is the one where guests can really hone their skills as writers of fiction. Our guests will take home a whole raft of new tools and techniques to help them move forward with their writing, as well as inspiration and ideas. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for this retreat, do fill out a contact form here.
Life Writing and Time to Write at Bosloe, 31 October-5 November
Building on our partnership formed last year with The National Trust, we’ll be back at Bosloe for our November retreat, and bookings are already coming in. Writers who simply want a Time to Write retreat, with one to one tutorial support, will find this retreat offers a perfect space for that. Alongside this, we will be focusing on Life Writing, and will offer morning workshops on various aspects of this exciting genre.
We have one or two other plans up our sleeves for 2017 (shhhh, we can’t say too much just yet), but if you ‘like’ or ‘follow’ us on our website, Facebook page, or Twitter account, you’ll be among the first to hear about it.
We love to keep in touch with our guests and hear what you’ve all been up to, so if you have any writing related news you would like to share, please drop us a line. We’d be thrilled to hear how you are getting along.
Warmest winter wishes,
Kath and Jane.