Are you starting a new book, working on your second draft, grappling with an edit? Do you need to escape somewhere to spend a week on it? I’m running a Writers’ Retreat in France for the first week of August. The venue is Le Manoir de Thoires in deep rural Burgundy. It’s incredibly peaceful, with lots of space to daydream, write, sleep, swim… There’s a river at the bottom of the garden where kingfishers dart about the little rowing boat, there’s a swimming pool surrounded by roses. There’s very little to do, and lots and lots of space to do it in. We’ll have the whole place to ourselves.
I’ll provide all food and drink (breakfast and cold lunch, cooked supper) so you really can concentrate on what you want to think about, and I will offer each course participant a one-to-one session on any aspect of their work during the course of the week, as well as group talks and activities. (Nothing is compulsory – if chatting about writing and books isn’t your bag there is enough space to avoid all of that!)
There are seven spaces, or more if you’re happy to share a room. There won’t be more than twelve people, and I’ll try to put a nice group of people together. It’s not the height of luxury, but it’s comfortable and peaceful and very, very beautiful.
The price is £600 per head or £400 per person for two people sharing. You need to get there, but you shouldn’t have to spend much money once you’re there, though there is plenty of sightseeing and nice market towns nearby.
Get in touch if you’re interested – firstname.lastname@example.org – it would be lovely to see you there.