Writing Retreats 2021

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Bookings are now being taken for our November writing Retreat. 

 Autumn Writing Retreat

Tutor-led novel writing weekend with Alison May and Janet Gover

November 19th  – 21st  2021

Starting a new book, editing a finished one or stuck somewhere in the middle? Lift your
writing mojo with a weekend dedicated to writing, under the guidance of two
highly regarded tutors – both multi-published award-winning authors.

Arrive on Friday to meet the tutors and your fellow authors. There’s time to ask questions and share experiences in a welcoming and friendly environment. Saturday and Sunday feature workshops and tutorials on important writing topics, with plenty of time to spend on your own writing. Each attendee will be invited to submit a sample of work for a detailed analysis and one-one-one discussion with our tutors to help you find your unique voice.

You’ll need to bring your laptop (or whatever you write on) and your work in progress. Also bring your questions and problems.

We’ll share our top tips for editing and polishing your manuscript, and on how to catch the eye of agents and editors. Tell us what you want to know. Workshops will be tailored to the attendees needs. Details of workshops will be provided closer to the date, but they will include important topics such as pace and plot, characterisation and writing that dreaded synopsis.

Our retreats are all-inclusive allowing you to focus entirely on your writing. Emerge inspired and renewed with fresh insights into the writing process and your writing career.

  Your tutors:


Alison May writes romantic comedies, book club fiction and award-winning short stories.  She has a BA in Creative Writing and has taught for colleges and universities, writing conferences and literary festivals. She is former Chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.  www.alison-may.co.uk


Television journalist turned novelist, Janet Gover, writes women’s fiction, romance and short stories. She has won, or been shortlisted for multiple awards in the UK, US and Australia. She is organiser of the well regarded RNA New Writers’ Scheme.    www.janetgover.com


Alison and Janet also write collaboratively as Juliet Bell.

The Retreat:

Arrive late afternoon on Friday for a welcome dinner and a chance to meet everyone. Saturday and Sunday morning will be a mix of tutored workshops, one-on-one meetings with tutors and free time to concentrate on your writing. The retreat ends on Sunday afternoon with a session to help you take the lessons, energy and inspiration with you when you return home.

Bring pens and notebooks. There’s much work to do and much fun to be had as well. Dress however you wish and join the group in the evenings for informal discussions on the writing life.

Note: The retreat will adhere to government Covid 19 guidance in place at the time. If the retreat is cancelled due to government restrictions, an online retreat will be held at lower cost.

The Venue:

Set in Tudor-style farmhouse built in the 1500s, Kings Court Hotel is in the heart of Shakespeare country, in the village of Kings Coughton, seven miles outside Stratford-upon-Avon. It features large en-suite rooms, and a bright airy conference centre, with plenty of places to sit and write. Free wireless internet is available. Wheelchair accessible rooms are available.

The nearest train station is Stratford-Upon-Avon and there is easy road access from the M40.

Find out more at: http://www.kingscourthotel.co.uk/

The Cost:

The all inclusive cost is £375. There is a 10% discount for RNA members booking before  August 20th. A deposit of £80 is to be paid at the time of booking, with the balance to be paid by October 1st. 

What people said last

‘The highest level of informed advice and encouragement from two successfully published authors and senior leaders in the sector.’


‘The one to one was priceless.’


‘Alison and Janet have a lovely, approachable manner.’

To Book:

Go to https://alison-may.co.uk/for-writers/virtual-courses-and-retreats/course-retreat-booking/

If you have any problems with the booking form, contact Alison on alison@alison-may.co.uk


For more information, or if you have questions, please contact either

     alison@alison-may.co.uk       or        janet@janetgover.com