CREATIVE WRITING BESPOKE WEEKEND RETREATS

July and August 2018 

Weekends in Woodbridge for Women

Take your writing somewhere better

Tailored teaching and unfettered focus in the heart of coastal Suffolk

Do you wish you had more time to write?

Have you come to a grinding halt in the process?

Let our Bespoke Weekend Retreats take you out of a writing rut and onto a writing roll.

From Friday lunchtime to Sunday afternoon, you’ll immerse yourself completely in your writing, your way. With the weekend divided between one-to-one coaching sessions and independent practice, you’ll live, breathe and sleep your own work in an exclusive escape with no distractions.

eastuition’s Creative Writing Coach, Sarah-Jane Page, is an experienced teacher and writer signed by DKW Literary Agency. You couldn’t be better represented.

To give you and your writing the treat you both deserve, head east

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The Details

 

Total tranquility. Tailored teaching. Time.

To ensure you make the most of the Retreat, we find out your specific needs and goals in advance, and then we tailor the Retreat completely to you and your writing.

Coaching can be geared to your work. Whether you’re stuck in a story, knotted in a novel, or submerged in a submission for agents, we’ll make your sessions about you. Then all that’s left for you to do is settle in and enjoy the guilt-free time to focus on your work.

And if you’re wary of giving that valuable focus to lots of strangers in a mixed-ability group, we’ve got that covered too. Our retreats are limited to a maximum of two women writers who work independently of each other. That way we save you any crass critiques and polite platitudes so you can reserve your time for writing instead.

You can expect:

  • pre-Retreat phone consultation to establish writing needs and goals, and dietary requirements
  • five 90 minutes’ innovative coaching sessions (optional and fit around you)
  • tailored teaching
  • teaching materials, printed handouts, and further reading list
  • all refreshments (with bubbles and wine in the evenings too)
  • all meals (homemade with organic ingredients)
  • individual bedroom and bathroom
  • post-retreat submission with audiovisual critique in video file format
  • peace and quiet
  • lots of unbroken focus

With you in mind.

You’ll have a bedroom/writing space to yourself and a bathroom too, along with solitary places for writing elsewhere in the house. All meals will be provided, prepared to your preferences, so there’s nothing to do but muse and write. We’ll come together over supper to reflect on the writing day when guest authors will drop by too.

And when you fancy a break in the Suffolk air, Woodbridge is out there waiting. Whether it’s people-watching, window-shopping, or tranquil river walks, there’s no better place to find inspiration.

To maintain writing energy, tranquillity, and utmost rest, we ask for a complete quiet-zone from 10.30pm to 8.00am.

Meal inspiration

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Friday

12.30pm Welcome

1.15pm Lunch

2.30-4.00pm or 4.15-5.30pm – Individual coaching session

7.30pm Supper (which can be earlier if you’d like to go to the cinema)

10.30pm Retire to rooms

Saturday

8.30-9.30am Buffet breakfast

9.45-11.15am or 11.30-1.00pm Coaching session

1.15pm Lunch

2.30-4.00pm or 4.15-5.45pm Coaching session

7.00pm Drinks

7.30pm Supper with attending guest author

10.30pm Retire to rooms

Sunday

8.30-9.30am Buffet breakfast

9.45-11.15am or 11.30-1.00pm Coaching session

1.15pm Lunch

2.30-4.00pm or 4.15-5.45pm Coaching session

6.00pm Farewell

You stay in that writing bubble.

Unlike most other writing retreats, the coaching doesn’t stop just because your Retreat Weekend ends.

On Sunday evening we’ll give you a metaphorical party bag to take away with you! Not only will it be filled with memories as sweet as cake, but you’ll also find a related writing task wrapped up in a deadline.

Once you’ve submitted your work by email, you’ll receive an audiovisual critique of your writing in a video file format. Feedback will focus on strengths in your writing, and will suggest areas for further improvement.

Summer 2018

Fridays-Sundays

6-8 July (now fully booked)

13 – 15 July (now fully booked)

20-22 July

27 – 29 July

3-5 August

10 – 12 August

17-19 August

24 – 26 August

31 August – 2 September (now fully booked)

Two bedrooms. Two bathrooms. Two different fees. 

Fees are fully-inclusive of meals, refreshments, coaching, and features:

Groundfloor King-sized room and private bathroom with shower: £375

KING bedroom

 

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Lower groundfloor Single room and private bathroom with bath: £325

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Don’t want to leave so soon? Stay over on Sunday night at a surcharge of £90 including supper and wine. 

The teaching room / a writing area

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The relaxing area

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 The dining area

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Retreat bookings will be updated on this page regularly.

To book, please follow these simple steps:

1. Choose an available Bespoke Weekend Retreat.

2. Email sarahjane@eastuition.co.uk or call on 01394 382 683 to register your interest, providing the date you’d like to attend.

To process your request, please note we’ll need your full name, postal address, contact number, and email address. 

3. You’ll then receive an email confirming your request, along with an invoice for immediate BACS payment.

4. Once payment has gone through, you’ll quickly receive all details about where to come and what to bring, along with a Registration Form and short questionnaire to establish writing goals and dietary requirements.

Your place on the Retreat can only be properly confirmed once payment is received. 

Please be aware that places are limited and are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. We advise speedy booking to avoid disappointment.

Easily.

Woodbridge, Suffolk, is well-connected by road or rail.

By car:

There is parking available in various public car parks over the town – the closest is by the Riverside Cinema and station.

By train:

It couldn’t be easier. Click here to find out your rail route and train times.

Once you arrive in Woodbridge, the station is just two minutes’ walk from the venue.

When your Retreat Day place is all booked and paid for, we’ll let you know the address of the venue, and we’ll provide location pins with specific directions. 

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