Summer workshops

New for 2108, The Writing Retreat invites you to join us for our summer sessions: a writing retreat in one day with opportunities to learn new skills, enjoy time to write, and delicious food in the beautiful surroundings of Mylor Yacht Club, near Falmouth on the south coast of Cornwall.


Life Writing: Sunday 10 June

Do you know the difference between memoir and the personal essay? Have  you thought about which of these two fascinating sub-genres best serves your writing style? Join us for a day as we explore and experiment around that question.

Turning Life into Fiction: Sunday 8 July

Truth may be stranger than fiction but how can we use it as a basis for stories when we do not necessarily know all the facts? Come and use your imagination and speculation to help fill in the gaps and take the leap from a half-told story to a work of fiction that is ever bit as rich as lived experience.

Pure Fiction: Sunday 5 August

It could be argued that there’s no such thing as pure fiction, that our lived experience weaves itself into our work, invited or otherwise. ‘Write what you know,’ is one of the first rules of fiction, but faced with the blank page, how do you get started? Come and experiment with different ways into ‘pure’ fiction.

Book your place here


One workshop – £40.00 

All three workshops – £110.00

The price includes all refreshments, lunch and tuition. There is limited free parking nearby, or you can park in the harbour in one of two car parks at the cost of £5.00 for a full day.


  • Arrive at 9.45am
  • Finish at 4.00pm
  • Lunch and all refreshments provided

Bring a pen, a notepad, your appetite for tasty food and your creative juices.