What do we think?

Everyone has a story to tell – and penning your memoirs is the perfect way to recount yours! Whether you’re an experienced writer, or a novice full of ideas but unsure as to where to begin, this fabulous five-day writing retreat is the ideal stepping stone on your life-writing path. Nestled in the glorious Cumbrian countryside, Clough View, a lovely Edwardian house, is the tranquil haven we’ve all been waiting for. Join a small group of up to six fellow writers-to-be and enjoy relaxed workshops led by writer Janice Galloway in the mornings, followed by free afternoons, perfect for scribbling away at the desk in your room, embarking upon intrepid explorations of the Yorkshire Dales, sketching in the garden or curled up in the house’s library. Tuck in to delicious home-cooked meals made of fresh local fare, exchange ideas with other members of the group and soak up Janice’s expertise with one-to-one evening tutoring sessions. Best-selling autobiographical writer Dr Gervase Phinn will be speaking on Wednesday evening, providing additional inspiration as you set out to tell the tale of a lifetime.

What do they say?

“… a course for both new and more experienced writers on the art of memoir/ life-writing/ the writing of recollection at short or book length. Come with something already written (that is open to change) or nothing written as yet (as you see fit) ready to examine how, what and why we put the personal on paper in work sessions, tutorials, readings and round-table discussion.”

Where is it?

The Garsdale Retreat, Clough View, Garsdale Head, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5PW

When is it?

From 4.00pm, Monday 14 May to 10.00am, Saturday 14 May 2018

How much is it?

£760 for an en-suite single room, £710 for a single room with shared bathroom, or £660 for a shared room with shared bathroom. Fee includes all day and evening tutored workshop sessions, readings, accommodation and full board (not including alcohol).  A non-residential fee of £500 includes lunch and an evening meal. Please remember to mention you are an Encorum member when you make your booking!

Where can you find out more?

Ready to write your memoirs? Click here for full details and to book your place on the course!

Not quite what you’re looking for?

To see more from The Garsdale Retreat, click here. To browse our Literature & Creative Writing section for alternative course and event inspiration, click here.

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