Unleash Your Creativity

Unleash Your Creativity

Fun, inspiring and productive retreats and courses in the French countryside

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Course Spaces Filling Up Fast!

We have a limited number of places remaining on our A Writer BeginsA Writer Prepares and A Writer Progresses for the autumn. Don’t miss your chance. A Writer Prepares, for instance, only has one spot remaining and A Writer Begins is only offered one week this autumn. Both are currently being offered at a special price for a limited time. Book now.

Also, don’t miss your chance to work one-to-one with novelist Kirstan Hawkins during a Mentored Retreat 15-22 September .

What's OnKirstan is a novelist and anthropologist. The author of Dona Nicanora’s Hat Shop, published by Penguin, she teaches on the Novel Studio programme at City University London and mentors several writers each year to the completion of their manuscripts. Many of her students have found representation as a result of the work they did with her. She has mentored writers at CofM for the past 6 years. She studied anthropology at Edinburgh University and has travelled extensively in her work in Africa, Latin America and Asia. She carried out fieldwork for her degree among the Ashaninka Indians of the Peruvian Amazon, and for her Ph.D. she spent time in the altiplano of Bolivia. Her first novel was based on material gathered in Bolivia while researching for her PhD in anthropology and international development. Her interest in anthropology is driven by the same fascination that underpins her writing: to understand the world from different viewpoints and to gain the ‘insider’s perspective’ in different situations and contexts.

Here’s the full list of upcoming events:

Writing Courses and Retreats 2018

Airport/Train pick-up at Tours (See specific course/retreat and Our Location for more details)

September/October 2018

Sep 1-8 (Sat-Sat) – Studio Retreats, Mentored Retreats

Sep 4-8 (Tues-Sat)A Writer Begins (LIMITED SPACES)

Sep 8-15 (Sat-Sat) – A Writer Progresses, Studio Retreats (LIMITED SPACES)

Sep 15-22 (Sat-Sat) – Studio Retreats, Mentored Retreats with novelist Kirstan Hawkins (LIMITED SPACES)

Sep 22-29 (Sat-Sat)A Writer Prepares, Studio Retreats (ONE SPACE LEFT!)

Sep  29-6 Oct (Sat-Sat) – Studio Retreats (ONE SPACE LEFT!)

Oct 6-13 (Sat-Sat) – A Writer Progresses, Studio Retreats, Mentored Retreats (LIMITED SPACES)

Oct 13-20 (Sat-Sat) – Short Story Course led by writer Annie Kirby,  Studio Retreats (ONE SPACE LEFT!)

N.B. We now shift start/end dates to Sunday and airport/train pick-ups to Poitiers

Oct 21-28 (Sunday-Sunday)Hotel Retreats (LIMITED SPACES)

Oct 28-4 Nov (Sun-Sun)Hotel Retreats

November/December 2018

Oct 28-4 Nov (Sun-Sun) – Hotel Retreats

Nov 4-11 (Sun-Sun) – Hotel Retreats

Nov 11-18 (Sun-Sun) – Hotel Retreats

Dec 2-9 (Sun-Sun) – Hotel Retreats

Dec 9-16 (Sun-Sun) – Hotel Retreats

Painting

Still Life Workshop with Janette Hayhoe

28 OCT-4 NOV, 2018 (Sun-Sun) €1080 (includes EVERYTHING except travel to France). To secure a place a deposit of €300 is due at the time of booking; the balance is due 45 days before the course starts. Check here for travel info

Photography

The Photos Tell a Story – workshop with Katherine Oktober Matthews

6-13 OCT (Sat-Sat) £895 (includes EVERYTHING except travel to France). To secure a place a deposit of £300 is due at the time of booking; the balance is due 45 days before the course starts. Check here for travel info

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Course Spaces Filling Up Fast! We have a limited number of places remaining on our A Writer Begins, A Writer Prepares and A Writer Progresses for the autumn. Don’t miss your chance. A Writer Prepares, for instance, only has one spot remaining and A Writer Begins is […]

Announcing Circle of Misse Hotel Retreats

Announcing Circle of Misse Hotel Retreats

We’ve got some great news for you. After completing the renovations on the Circle of Misse house, we now have central heating. That means we can now offer what so many of you have asked for: independent retreats during the Autumn and Winter.