Reading and Writing Groups
Are you a keen reader or want to improve your love for writing? Search our recommended reading and writing groups to meet likeminded people to discuss books and network with other writers.
Writing Retreats and Workshops
Do you dream of getting away to write, but need some guidance on the next steps for your novel? Want to meet and work with other writers, but in a more intimate and creative setting than an online forum? Search through our recommended writing retreats and workshops, all set in beautiful and inspirational settings.
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Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat - High on a hillside between Coulagh Bay and Mishkish on the Kealincha River awaits Anam Cara, a tranquil spot set apart to nurture and to provide sanctuary for novice as well as experienced people working in the creative arts. Whether you retreat to work on your own project or as part of a workshop group, you will find support, creature comforts, and peace – all you need to do your best work.
An all-inclusive residential retreat, Anam Cara offers private and common working rooms and five acres of walking paths, quiet nooks and crannies, gardens, and meadows.
Address: Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork, Ireland
ARTISA Academic & Art Retreat offers open (academic) writing, art and creative retreats in a wonderful setting by the sea in Greece. In the open retreats you have uninterrupted individual time during the day, inspiring meetings and the possibility to re-energize and receive support. In our guided retreats we offer tailor made programs where you connect, to your authenticity, wisdom, leadership and creativity. We make space for new perspectives, relaxation, productivity and silence. We are passionate about creating a supportive international environment for people to flourish, to explore and to create. We address body, mind and soul and work with yoga, meditation and energy work to support the creative work.
Address: 21059 Palaia Epidavros, Peleponnese, Greece
The Backyard Writers Workshop is a fiction workshop based out of Philadelphia. It functions as a typical writing workshop, round table and all, and since 2011 has grown to be a space of betterment, accountability, and community for the Backyard Writers.
For the last two weeks of June 2017 the Backyard Writers, in partnership with the DeVito family, will offer their first-ever public writers residency program to four writers of prose and poetry.
Cancer Focus NI offers creative writing and art journaling in a safe place; facilitated by an art therapist and counsellor, for those impacted by cancer as a patient or family member. Attendees are encouraged to explore feelings and emotions with a group of peers.
The time is rich with metaphors, collage and watercolours – it is surprising what comes up for people, they find the release is beneficial. Groups run once a month over a period of 4-6 months.
The following groups are available - Writing my Cancer Journey, Poetry and Cancer Experience, ‘Scribes’ Writing Workshops with Sharon Dempsey & linked with the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.
A workshop on Art Journaling for Beginners & Advanced Levels is currently available.
Address: 40-44 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast, BT9 6DX
Casa Ana is a creative retreat and guest house in the mountainous Alujarra region of Andalucia, Spain. The area was featured in Chris Stewart’s best-seller Driving over Lemons. At Casa Ana we offer two-week-long Writers’ Retreats with professional mentor Mary Jane Holmes (senior editor of Fish Publishing and head of their online mentoring service). The Writers’ Retreats are held three times a year. We also host a range of creative writing courses.
The house is situated in the white village of Ferreirola (population around 28). Once a family home with wine press, olive oil store, barns and stables, the house has been carefully restored and now provides stylish and comfortable accommodation with writing tables, sitting and dining rooms, wifi, Moorish garden, south-facing terraces, and breathtaking mountain views.
Address: Calle La Artesa, Ferreirola, 18414 La Taha, Granada, Spain
Galloway Holistic Retreats is a retreat company that provides comfortable accommodation for a range of creative and holistic therapies. We try to keep our services as diverse as possible, and our retreats offer themed activities such as creative writing, yoga, photography and treatments such as massage, reiki and reflexology.
We are the perfect place to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life, and the rural surroundings of our retreats in beautiful South West Scotland are ideal for tuning into our creative side. During writing retreats, there are professional writers who offer their advice and expertise.
Address: 32 Victoria Street, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfries and Galloway DG7 3HQ
Get Grants is a consultancy business that provides training courses and workshops for charities, community groups and schools on Bid Writing and Fundraising.
Address: c/o The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham. B13 8JP
The Gorfanc Hideaway is a peaceful retreat in the hills of mid-Wales.
Perfect for writers. Comfortable and cosy with woodburning stove. Silence and solitude, inspirational views, wild walking, and starry nights. Short or long stays welcome. Public transport possible.
Address: Pippa Scott and Rob Ritchie, Gorfanc, Carno, Caersws, Powys, Wales, SY17 5JP
Website Link: www.the-gorfanc-hideaway.co.uk
The Irish Writers Centre is the national resource centre for Irish literature. Their mission is to support and promote writers at all stages of their development. They offer a diverse programme of writing courses and workshops led by established writers across a range of genres including memoir, poetry, playwriting, short-stories and the novel. They run seminars, lectures and readings related to the art of writing and welcome writers, readers and international visitors keen to develop their career as a writer.
Address: 19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Literary Retreats in SW France with best-selling authors, publishers and literary agents
Literary Fiction, Crime Writing, Speculative Fiction, Writing for Children, Screen Writing,
Address: Exchange House, Cross Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5BZ
Page Lambert, a writing coach and leader of creative adventures for 19 years, often works with organizations such as True Nature Journeys, the Grand Canyon Field Institute, and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation. Page’s “River Writing Journeys for Women” were hailed by Oprah's O magazine in 2006 as “One of six great all-girl getaways of the year.” In 2017, she’ll be co-leading the 10th annual “Literature & Landscape of the Horse Retreat,” the 20th annual “River Writing Journey for Women,” and the 5th annual “Peru: Weaving Words & Women Retreat.”
Address: 26037 Mountain View Road, Golden, Colorado 80401 USA
Poetry London is an arts charity and leading international poetry magazine where acclaimed contemporary poets share pages with exciting new names. Published three times a year, each issue contains new poetry, incisive reviews and features. Poetry London holds an annual poetry competition and launches each issue with readings from distinguished poet contributors to the magazine.
Website link: http://poetrylondon.co.uk
Retreat West provides residential creative writing retreats, online courses and competitions, as well as editorial reports and mentoring programmes. Learn, get published, and get paid.
Storyteller Within offers women’s retreats involving self-exploratory writing, meditation, yoga, and ceremonies (movement, sound) in beautiful locations with natural surroundings in Guatemala. The experience is not about ‘writing’ as a subject or art form. Every woman has a voice in her own life – we are gathering together to raise it up. This retreat was named among “25 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2016” by thewritelife.com.
Address: 876 East 3100 North Road, Clifton, IL 60927, U.S.A.
Swansea and District Writers' Circle are a group of writers of all ages with a range of members from those of no previous experience to some professional writers. We meet once a month on the first Wednesday except August. We either have a speaker or we discuss our writing. We also have a feedback group within the Circle to discuss each other's writing projects.
Address: County Hall, Oystermouth Road, Swansea.
Website: www.swanseawriters.co.uk and Facebook page
Swanwick – "The Writers’ Summer School" is a combined school and holiday, held for a week every August, where writers of all genres, ages and experience can live, laugh and learn together. We have inspiring speakers, brilliant courses and fabulous evening entertainment. The accommodation is comfortable, the food good, and the company next to none!
Address: The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU
Tŷ Newydd is the National Writing Centre of Wales. We specialise in residential creative writing courses and retreats. Every week we welcome a new group of individuals from Wales, the rest of the UK and beyond to our home. They spend time together under the tutelage of professional writers, taking part in workshops and one-to-one tutorials, enjoying readings and basking in the inspirational setting of TŷNewydd.
Address: TŷNewydd Writing Centre, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, Gwynedd, LL52 OLW
Twitter: @Ty_Newydd / Facebook: CanolfanTyNewydd
Tŷ Newydd is run by Literature Wales, the national company for the development of literature: www.literaturewales.org
University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) - Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced writer, we have a course to help you. Choose from a wide variety of short and part-time courses, all taught by established literary professionals and academics.
Address: Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge, CB23 8AQ
Writer’s Retreat - We offer Creative Writing Retreats, Workshops, Courses and Consultation. Based in London, we understand the importance of getting away to write, and offer retreats in various locations from the UK to Greece. Wherever we work, we build writing communities, for both seasoned writers and those new to writing.
Founded by writer Charlotte Thompson (BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, Soho Theatre) who has also taught Creative Writing and worked as a writing consultant for over ten years (Middlesex University, The Writing School, Leicester).
Please get in touch to find out about our upcoming courses, workshops and retreats. Or to enquire about our bespoke mentoring or consultancy service, to help you develop your work.