Life Writing November 2017

This is our outline programme for the week. Timings may vary slightly but this gives you an idea of how to plan your time and make the most of your retreat.

The focus of the retreat is ‘life writing’, with daily morning workshops exploring aspects of writing about real life, in memoir, biography and autobiography, and using life as the starting point for fiction. We also welcome writers of all genres who wish to use the time to push on with their own project in a room of one’s own.

All our guests have the option of signing up for one-to-one sessions with Kath and Jane; time in which to use one or other of us as a sounding board for ideas, or to receive feedback, and to troubleshoot. You can sign up for these when you arrive.

In the evenings we have a variety of after dinner talks and readings. Midweek, we welcome our guest writer, who will join us for dinner and give a reading and a talk. They will return the next day to host a writing workshop. On the final evening, we invite those of you who would like to share your own writing to read to the group; a lovely way to end the week by the fireside in the Bosloe sitting room.

Tuesday

From 3.00pm: Arrive / unpack and settle in / afternoon tea  

4.00pm – 4.45pm: Meet in the sitting room in Chatham for welcome and induction

5.00pm – 6.00pm: Warm up workshop in The Studio in Court

7.00pm: Welcome drinks followed by dinner in the Bosloe dining room

8.30pm: Introduction to the retreat (Jane)

Wednesday

7.30am-9.00am: Breakfast – help yourself from the kitchen

9.15am-11.15am: Morning workshop (J) / time to write

11.45am-12.30pm: One to one sessions with Kath and Jane

1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch in the kitchen

2.30pm-5.15pm: One to one sessions with Kath and Jane

7.00pm: Dinner followed by a talk and readings by hosts Kath and Jane

Thursday

7.30am-9.00am: Breakfast – help yourself from the kitchen

9.15am-11.15am: Morning workshop / time to write

11.45am-12.30pm: One to one sessions with Kath and Jane

1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch in the kitchen

2.30pm-5.15pm: One to one sessions with Kath and Jane

7.00pm: Dinner followed by a reading and talk by our guest writer, Philip Marsden

Friday 

7.30am-9.00am: Breakfast – help yourself from the kitchen

10.00am- 1.00pm: Philip Marsden workshop

1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch in the kitchen

2.30pm-5.15pm: Time to write / one to one sessions with Kath and Jane

7.00pm: Dinner this evening is a fish and chip supper at The Red Lion in Mawnan Smith

(a vegetarian alternative is available), with your first two drinks included

Saturday

7.30am-9.00am: Breakfast – help yourself from the kitchen

9.30am-11.30am: Morning workshop (J) / time to write

1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch in the kitchen

2.30pm-4.00pm: Time to write / one to one sessions with Kath and Jane.

7.00pm: Our final celebratory dinner followed by readings by those of you who would like to share some of your own writing

Sunday

7.30am-9.00am: Breakfast – help yourself in the kitchen                              

10.00am: Depart

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