CREATIVE WRITING RETREAT DAYS
July and August 2018
Wednesdays in Woodbridge
Take your writing somewhere new
Tailored teaching and engaged encouragement in a calm and creative space
Our Retreat Days offer a chance to escape the daily grind and indulge your creative bliss in a gorgeous setting in the heart of Woodbridge. With a maximum of six in a group, your writing will receive the pampering attention it truly deserves.
Suitable for amateur writers of all levels, from complete beginners to the more experienced, our Retreat Day workshops draw on a variety of sources and activities, with innovative exercises and teaching methods. Activities will often require silent and individual work, and there will be opportunities to share work amongst the group for those willing to do so.
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.
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The Day includes four workshops with a creative blend of coaching and individual tasks.
After the morning’s musings, you’ll enjoy a two-course Ottolenghi-inspired lunch on the top floor of the venue (a light and airy space in a converted Maltings), followed by a river/town walk with a creative task that will inspire the afternoon’s work.
Refreshments will be served mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
9.45am arrival and introductions
10.00-11.15am Session 1
11.15am Coffee break
11.30am-12.45pm Session 2
1.00pm Lunch served upstairs
1.45-2.15pm River walk with creative task
2.30-3.45pm Session 3
3.45pm Tea break
4.00-5.15pm Session 4
You stay in that writing bubble.
Unlike most other writing retreats, the coaching doesn’t stop just because your Retreat Day ends.
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 an optional writing task wrapped up in a deadline.
Once you’ve submitted your work, 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.
Wednesdays in Woodbridge
4 July & 1 August
Starting to Write: Plan, plot and structure
What ingredients make a good story? How do you develop an idea? How can you grab the reader from the start? Plan and shape an idea to impact your reader.
11 July & 8 August
Show don’t tell: Setting and Description
What’s the difference between showing and telling? How essential is setting? How much description is too much? Give unexpected details that tell a story all of their own.
18 July & 15 August
Character: Viewpoint, Development and Dialogue
‘Character is plot, and plot is character’. Once characters are fleshed out and motivation is high, the plot thickens. Give characters dialogue that drives the story and reveals unique traits.
25 July & 22 August
Taking ideas further: Drafting and Editing
Real writing happens after the first draft is on the page. Detach yourself from your work to make the writing sparkle, sentence by sentence, until every word counts.
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All workshops take place in Crown Place in the heart of Woodbridge
The fee includes:
- four coaching workshops
- course materials, printed handouts, and further reading list
- two-course vegetarian lunch
- creative walk
- post-retreat submission with audiovisual critique in a video file format
Book three classes and get the fourth half-price
For more details & to book a place, contact Sarah-Jane: 01394 382 683 or email email@example.com
The teaching and writing room
The dining area
Yesterday was one of the most lovely days I’ve ever had!! Just absolutely wonderful!”
Fantastic to have a day out focussing on me and something creative.”
SJ’s enthusiasm is wonderful and kept us on our toes.”
The tasks were challenging, but in a good way.”
Fantastic to spend some dedicated time developing your own skills.”
It’s given me the confidence to actually put pen to paper and attempt my first story.”
Definitely made me less afraid to just get started and keep going no matter what.”
Lots of praise was good.”
It exceeded my expectations. It was much more productive than I thought it would be.”
To book, please follow these simple steps:
1. Choose a Retreat Day with your preferred date, and make a note of the title.
2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01394 382 683 to register your interest. Include the Retreat Day title and date.
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.
Woodbridge is well-connected by road or rail.
There is parking available in various public car parks over the town – the closest is by the Riverside Cinema and station.
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 provide location pins with specific directions.