Circle of Misse

Writing Courses & Retreats

Writing time in the warm spring sunshine
Writing time in the warm spring sunshine 

Why Circle of Misse?

Our writing courses inspire, motivate and empower you to produce your best work wherever you are in the process, through the use of a proven mix of individual and group mentoring, personalised writing exercises and direct feedback from professional writers, you will gain the confidence and practical skills you need to grow and meet your writing goals. You will also have time to explore, daydream and relax while being looked after in wonderful style by the same crew who operate our renowned cookery school and food and wine holidays. Take a look our TripAdvisor reviews to see what a fabulous time you’re in for. We are based in France but in winter we sometimes hold courses and retreats in Andalucia, Spain.

A Community of Writers

You will join a supportive community of writers from all over the world writing in English. Never more than six because our courses are truly bespoke and tailored to you. These small groups ensure everyone gets ample personal attention and has the space to spread out and flourish. Wonderful synergies develop and everyone feels nurtured and supported. Our writers often develop a strong attachment to Circle of Misse and its community. Misse alumni have formed a multitude of friendships and writers groups spanning the globe. Over 80% our alumni return to Circle of Misse and a number of those come once or twice every year.

How Our Courses Work

We offer three different types of courses to meet you where you are on the writers journey. We ask you to take a look at these and pick the one that best fits you and your writing. If you’re not sure, or walk to talk through it, send us an email or give us a call, we are here to help.

A Writer Begins: This is the imaginative spark and exploratory phase. You’ve either never written before, just dabbled, or need to get back into a creative space to write again … more

A Writer Prepares: This is the preparatory phase. You have an idea, maybe made some notes, but you need to learn some craft, hone your skills, and develop a plan in order to start writing your book … more

A Writer Progresses: This is the long-haul wrestling with your story, facing those obstacles, relishing those victories, refining your skills and making it the best book you can phase. You have a work-in-progress—anywhere from a chapter or two all the way to a full draft—and need to figure out what is working, what is not and how to move forward to completion … more

Using these course types as a guide, we will develop a programme for you. You will work with one of our guest Writers-in-Residence and our Permanent Writer-in-residence, Wayne Milstead, to develop your writing. Generally, each day you will have group activities during some of the morning, guided writing time, one-to-one feedback sessions followed by independent writing and free time in the afternoons. This is a guide as everyone’s programme is developed separately to fit their exact needs.

Wayne Milstead Kirstan Hawkins Emma Sweeney Annie Kirby Annie Kirby Matt Morrison Elizabeth Silver Carol Topolski Wendy Vaizey

Our course leaders are award-winning professionals with substantial teaching as well as writing experience. Writers who regularly hold residencies at Circle of Misse include: Emma Claire Sweeney, Elizabeth L. Silver, Paul Harris, Emily Midorikawa, Kirstan Hawkins, Annie Kirby, Wendy Vaizey, Carol Topolski and Matthew Morrison.

How Our Retreats Work

You’re at a place with your work where you are not looking for the structure of a course, or intensive mentoring and feedback. You have a solid plan and just need the space and time away to write perhaps with an inspirational chat about your work now and then. Come write in a warm, supportive and inspiring environment where someone else looks after you in style. We offer our retreats in one week (7 night increments) … more

For Dates, Costs and Booking Information, please see Dates and Costs.

"A writing retreat (which, in Missé terms, is French for “a week’s holiday in a small luxury hotel”) is the perfect combination of separate togetherness – peace and quiet during the day, and company when you need it."

- John (London, UK)

"Wayne, you take this really seriously, and that helped me to get so much out of it, including the determination to go on."

- Gaby (London, UK)

"I have learnt so much while being here. Annie (Kirby) is an excellent tutor. Her feedback and encouragement has been invaluable. I have been on a couple of evening writing courses in the past, the support provided at Missé is worlds apart."

- Victoria (London, UK)


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