Awakening the Writer Within in France

A French springtime retreat for new writers

Monday 24th to Friday 28th April 2017

Have you always wanted to write, but never found the time or the confidence?

Following the outstanding success of our last retreat, we are delighted to offer this opportunity to enjoy a beautiful, inspiring location that is sure to fire your imagination and let your creativity flow.

If you feel there is a writer within, but you’re not sure how to let it out, why not join us in a supportive and encouraging environment?

Hosted by novelist Clara Challoner Walker and poet Janet Dean, this retreat offers stimulation and time for reflection in the fabulous rural hamlet of Poumeroux in South West France. The relaxed timetable will also offer ample opportunity, should you wish, to explore this delightful area.

The programme will feature readings, structured workshops and writing exercises, combined with free time for writing, relaxing or meditation. We will also be offering optional guided walks, massages, visits and a group meal, in a local chateau. You will be invited to share your writing in a safe and supportive atmosphere, with encouragement to improve and explore your next steps.

The retreat content will run from 6pm on Monday and will conclude with a celebratory group meal on Thursday evening and can be flexible to individual needs and wishes.

The price from £295 to £450 (depending on accommodation selected) includes all tuition, meals and accommodation in single or shared rooms with private or shared facilities. Breakfast, dinner and lunch are included from Monday evening until Friday morning. There will be the opportunity one evening to visit a local chateau for dinner, at a reasonable additional cost.

The proximal airport of Limoges is well served by budget airlines from Stanstead, Manchester and many regional UK airports. Airport pick-ups can be arranged.

Read  what participants thought of our previous retreat…

            Just to put into writing how much I enjoyed the course. It couldn’t have been better! You and Clara make a harmonious team, your preparation paid off spectacularly, and the breadth and depth of content was just what I wanted. Your attention to detail – both on the literary and welfare fronts – was excellent.”

”Far exceeded my best expectations; I won’t say yet if it was ‘life changing’ but time will tell; it was also a lovely group of people”

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