SEDA Writing Retreat

A two day residential event offering support and dedicated writing time in beautiful surroundings

27 May 2010 - 28 May 2010

Location: Holland House Cropthorne Worcestershire WR10 3NB

A common frustration for SEDA members is finding quiet time to write for publication. In response to members’ requests the retreat will provide a quiet and beautiful space for new and more experienced writers keen to complete writing for publication or conferences. Set in beautiful gardens on the edge of the River Avon, the black and white timbered Tudor buildings of Holland House offer a ‘safe space’ where you are encouraged to feel at home and gain that dedicated writing time with support from a facilitator and none of the usual distractions. Holland House offers unobtrusive hospitality in a unique, homely, and quirky setting. These two days will be about you and your writing. You won’t be interrupted but support will be available as will opportunities to share issues and ideas, including a guided walk through the local countryside. Although wireless internet is provided participants will be discouraged from e-mailing and using mobile phones, ensuring the focus is upon the writing task.

The aim of the retreat is to provide an opportunity to complete a piece of writing or conference contribution that has already been developed. For this reason participants are being asked to identify their writing task on registration. Once your place is confirmed you will be asked to submit further details of the proposed project and feedback will be provided prior to the retreat.

All participants will have their own comfortable but fairly basic room with a bed and desk, some with beautiful views over the River Avon valley. Participants will need to bring a lap top computer. All meals are included and are home-cooked. Holland House has its own small library, meeting rooms for those who want to write in company and a cosy lounge where we can gather in the evening after our meal to talk about our writing.

Views from the last retreat:

‘The retreat went beyond my expectations: the location, the atmosphere and the accommodation were all excellent.’

‘I thought the structured approach was fantastic!’

‘I am converted! Since the retreat I have planned a structure and goals for every work day and have already seen some immediate benefits.’

The fee is £200 per person (to include all accommodation, meals and refreshments).
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