Come along to Chichester Copywriter’s Creative Writers’ Retreat Weekend.
Who: Budding wordsmiths and all those interested in writing. Want to brush up on your penmanship? Want some peace and quiet to get those chapters finished? Want to meet likeminded creatives? This is your cup of tea!
What: A Writers’ Retreat with a difference. Take in the stunning coastal and countryside surroundings, enjoy the fresh air, get stuck in to some outdoor activities (if you wish) and put that pen to paper.
Where: Cobnor, Chidham, nr Chichester, West Sussex. Cobnor is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within Chichester Harbour. See Cobnor Activities Centre for details on the accommodation and see: Chichester Harbour Conservancy for details on the area.
When: Friday August 26th– Sunday August 28th. A bit of work and a lot of fun; what better way is there to spend the August Bank Holiday?
Tickets for Friday evening: £15 to include: Pimm’s reception, informal networking, book signings, writing and publishing talks, relaxing hand massages and an exhibition of coastal art.
There will also be a raffle to raise money for ME Research UK and Cobnor Activities Centre (our venue). Prizes include a voucher for half a day sailing at Cobnor, a voucher for an aromatherapy massage, a voucher for a reiki treatment and signed books by Gabrielle Kimm, Mary Atkinson and DJ Kirkby.
Tickets for Friday-Sunday (inclusive): £200-£250to include:
- Pimm’s reception, networking and book signings with local writers and published authors
- How to Get Inspired to Write with Stewart Ferris (Unusual Character Names for Writers, Summersdale, eBook, 2010; How to Publish Your Own Book, Summersdale, 2008; How to be a Writer, Summersdale, 2005; How to Get Published, Summersdale 2005)
- The Enemy of Good Writing is Weak Specification: Creative Writing Workshopwith Gabrielle Kimm (His Last Duchess, Sphere, 2010; The Courtesan’s Lover, Sphere, 2011)
- Changing Voices: Characterisation Workshop with Isabel Ashdown (Glasshopper, Myriad Editions, 2009; Hurry Up and Wait, Myriad Editions, 2011)
- Getting Published: Our Experiences. Writing and Publishing Panel Talk with Isabel Ashdown, Victoria Blunden (Fiction Editor, Myriad Editions), Gabrielle Kimm, Rebecca Saunders (Senior Editor of Women’s Fiction, Little, Brown) and Stewart Ferris
- TLC for Tools of the Trade: Complimentary hand massages to ensure your creative words flow freely on the page with Mary Atkinson (The Art of Indian Head Massage, Carlton, 2000, 2011; Hand and Foot Massage, Carlton, 2002, 2010; Healing Touch for Children, Gaia, 2009; A Practical Guide to Self Massage, Cico, 2005) and Lesley Brown, specialising in clinical aromatherapy massage and Indian Head massage.
- ‘Sea Dreams’: Exhibition of Paintings and Illustrations by Lorrie Whittington. Her work embodies a diverse and eclectic flavour and is easily recognisable by Lorrie’s bold use of colour, texture and pattern. Recent work has incorporated the themes of nature and has been inspired by the sea and the flora and fauna contained within.
- Sculptures by Alexandra Beale: Alexandra’s work ranges from full size statuary and garden water features to portrait heads and composition pieces. Her work portrays a unique sensitivity to the energy for life, whether in representative, figurative or abstract formation, fulfilling a desire to create decorative, elegant works of art.
- Plenty of space to write either outside by the water or in the new classroom, with full IT facilities, including laptops and WIFI access
- Boat trip to a choice of two beautiful locations that are sure to inspire your writing
- Informal kayaking with a qualified instructor – unwind and have a splash around! (numbers and weather permitting)
- Live music and marshmallows around the campfire
- Excellent food – including a BBQ and sumptuous cream tea with homemade cake and scones
- Full accommodation: newly refurbished log cabins on the shoreline with wash facilities in each bunk room, toilets, cubicle showers and disabled access
- Onsite parking or transport from Chichester train station
You can also book the following for an additional fee:
- A relaxing massage with Clinical Aromatherapist Lesley Brown. Choose from a relaxing hand and arm massage, foot massage or neck and shoulder massage using a blend of aromatherapy oils to aid creativity (£10-£20).
- A relaxing reiki treatment with Reiki Masters Quintin and Zena Macmorland, which can boost creativity and aid writers’ block (£10-£20). Find out more about reiki http://www.qandzreiki.co.uk/index.htm.
Please let us know in advance if you’re interested in booking either of these extras.
The Writers’ Retreat Schedule
The plan of action for the weekend is as follows (this is subject to change):
16.30: Arrivals for retreat weekend
17.30: Welcome talk and evening meal
18.15: Arrivals for evening event
18.45: How to Get Inspired to Write with Stewart Ferris (Unusual Character Names for Writers, Summersdale, eBook, 2010; How to Publish Your Own Book, Summersdale, 2008; How to be a Writer, Summersdale, 2005; How to Get Published, Summersdale 2005)
About Stewart Ferris
Over the last 20 years Stewart has published 1,000 books, 600 eBooks and 200 audiobooks. He’s also rejected over 10,000 books and written over 40 books, including part of a series of writing guides. Stewart’s written for TV (Pokemon) and written and presented a documentary about the ideas behind the Da Vinci Code.
19.45: Enjoy a Pimm’s, meet some local creatives, writers and publishers, purchase books and get them signed by the authors and peruse an exhibition of coastal art by local artists.
21.00: Getting Published: Our Experiences
A panel of writers and representatives from the publishing world talk about their experiences of getting published and publishing with: Isabel Ashdown, Victoria Blunden (Fiction Editor, Myriad Editions), Gabrielle Kimm and Stewart Ferris.
About Isabel Ashdown
Mail on Sunday Novel Competition winner Isabel Ashdown’s first novel Glasshopper (Observer Best Debuts of 2009, Evening Standard Best Books of the Year) was published to critical acclaim in 2009. Her second novel Hurry Up and Wait is due for release in June 2011.
About Victoria Blunden (Fiction Editor, Myriad Editions)
Myriad Editions is an independent publisher specialising in three distinct but complementary genres: topical atlases, graphic non-fiction and original fiction. Actively seeking out home-grown talent, we aim to publish up to six debut novels each year, launching new writers from Brighton and beyond.
About Gabrielle Kimm
Gabrielle Kimm’s first novel His Last Duchess was published by Little, Brown in August 2010, quickly rising up to number five in the Bookseller Magazine’s ‘Heatseekers’ list, where it stayed for several weeks. Her second novel, The Courtesan’s Lover, is due for release in November 2011.
22.00-23.00: Informal networking and book signings
9.00: (Departure and arrival times TBC) Boat trip to naturally beautiful East Head OR historically intriguing Bosham for creative writing inspirations OR stay at base for creative writing free time
14:00-15.30: The Enemy of Good Writing is Weak Specification: Creative Writing Workshop with Gabrielle Kimm (His Last Duchess, Sphere, 2010; The Courtesan’s Lover, Sphere, 2011)
This workshop will focus on ways in which you can use detailed specifics in your writing to create believable characters and atmospheric description. A relaxed session, based around practical writing exercises, readings, feedback and discussion.
This workshop is suitable for any level of writing experience – just come and enjoy it!
15.45-19.00: Creative writing free time – Find somewhere in Cobnor’s beautiful surroundings, put that pen to paper and let the words flow…
17.30-18.30: Informal kayaking (to be confirmed)
21.00: Music and marshmallows around the campfire
9.30-10.30: Changing Voices: Characterisation Workshop with Isabel Ashdown (Glasshopper, Myriad Editions, 2009; Hurry Up and Wait, Myriad Editions, 2011)
Concentrating on the creative processes of building credible characters with distinct voices, this is a relaxed session with a strong focus on practical writing exercises, readings, feedback and discussion.
The workshop is suitable for all levels of writing – enthusiasm is the only requirement!
10.45-12.00: Inspirational walk along Cobnor point OR stay at base for creative writing free time
13.30-14.00: Sea-inspired Poetry Reading with Denise Bennett
About Denise Bennett
As well as having an MA in creative writing and running poetry workshops and creative writing classes in community settings, Denise is secretary of Portsmouth Poetry Society. In 2004 her poem Changing Shape was awarded the inaugural prize for the best poem contributed to The Poetry Society Newsletter. Last year her poem Planting The Snow Queen won first prize in the Rhyme and Reason poetry competition and has become the title poem of her first full length collection published by Oversteps Books in April 2011.
14.15-16.15 Creative writing free time (Please make sure rooms are vacated by 15.00)
16.30: A sumptuous afternoon tea of homemade scones, with strawberries and clotted cream, homemade cakes and sandwiches. This will also be your last chance to buy art from the exhibit and get the writers to sign your books.
Surely that will get your creative juices flowing?
Places are limited so please contact Katy@ChichesterCopywriter.co.uk to book today. A non-returnable deposit of £75 per person will be required to secure your place.
Please leave a comment below if you have any suggestions for this particular writers’ retreat or any future Chichester Copywriter Writers’ Retreats.
Here’s hoping that the photos of Cobnor below inspire you further: