Writing Retreats in the UK

When you’re a writer, blocks can come hard and fast. When I was writing my dissertation, I had days of staring at my laptop, willing motivation to hit me. I even found that writer’s block was worse when it came to my creative writing. I love thinking up an idea, planning out a story or poem, and then when I need the power to actually sit down and write something – I lose it. The romantic in me has this fantasy of visiting a writers retreat here in the UK. I would love to pack up, hire a lovely car from CVC for Car Leasing, and set off to a retreat in the summer. Imagine putting all your worries behind you and focusing solely on your ability to write? Sometimes, I can’t think of anything better. Over the years I’ve actually bookmarked a lot of Writing Retreats found here in the UK, so I thought I’d write a post to showcase them!

Urban Writers London

If you want to stay local in London, Urban Writers is the retreat for you. Not only do they offer a space to take yourself away from your busy everyday life, but they also offer online courses to help you get back on your feet.

Arvon Creative Writing Centre

This retreat is for writers who come from all kinds of genres. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry or drama, Arvon offers a space for writers to develop and really hone their craft. Although this retreat can be quite pricey, it was started by John Moat and John Fairfax, and you can stay in a range of venues up and down the country (with one of them being Ted Hughes’ former home).

Crime Writing Festival

Crime writers, rejoice! Harrogate is set to host a festival entirely dedicated to those who love crime writing and want to improve their skills. Spend the weekend learning how to deduct like Poirot and write like Christie.

Ty Newydd Writing Centre

If you’re looking for something a little more picturesque – this is the writer’s retreat for you. Steeped in history, this stately home offers workshops from a host of famous writers (including the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy).

The Garsdale Retreat

Looking over the beautiful Yorkshire Dales stands The Garsdale Retreat. With a range of guest speakers and courses, you’ll find a beautiful space to rebuild your writing, enhance your motivation and find the time to finish your current project.

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