2024

WRITING 2024

WRITING 2024

For those of you have been waiting, thank you for your patience. I am pleased to announce the 2024 writing calendar, so you can plan your writing time with us in the coming year! We’ve condensed the information in this post and over the next couple of weeks I will update travel and other details around the site so it’s possible that some things are missing or not as detailed as they eventually will be. So, if you have a question, please just get in touch.

This year we are making some changes. We will be offering studio, guided and mentored retreats. As we no longer have a resident writer, we will be having visiting mentors in specific weeks, so during these weeks we will reserve four places for mentored retreats. You can take a guided retreat during any week, your mentor will either be present or reached online.

For a good sense of what it’s like to join us for a Circle Misse creative holiday read what’s been said about us in The Australian, The Observer Magazine and take a look at the interior and our rooms.

Residential Writing Offerings

You can book for 7 or 14 days.

We are offering three types of residential retreats (Studio, Guided and Mentored).

Studio Retreats

The classic Misse retreat experience. You come with your own agenda and a sense of what you want to accomplish. We provide a comfortable room, excellent food and drink, the odd mind-clearing diversion: country walks, markets and chateaus, a sense of community and support. But otherwise, we stay out of your way and let you create. As always we are there with optional group discussions and the usual social activities of literary salon, movie night and open mic at the end so anyone who wants to read their work can.

You can book Studio Retreats for 7 or 14 day increments. We are unable to start/stop on dates other than those listed on the calendar page.

Guided Retreats

All of the creature comforts and activities of a Studio Retreat with the addition of guidance. You will have a writing coach (present or remote) to help get you started and touch base with you a number of times during the week. This is not a mentored retreat experience (see below), but a lighter touch with a kick-off session and a couple of sessions throughout the week to monitor your progress and help you stay on track.

This experience

  • Kick-off session to review your goals and discuss strategy for the week ahead
  • Two sessions during the week to discuss progress
  • Final session to discuss progress and possible next steps

You can book Guided Retreats for 7 or 14 day increments. We are unable to start/stop on dates other than those listed on the calendar page.

Mentored Retreats

All of the creature comforts and activities of a Studio Retreat with the addition of coaching, mentoring, strategy-setting and feedback directly tailored to your writing goals and manuscript. You can be just starting out with some notes and ideas or be stuck into a project with a partial or complete draft. We will meet you where you currently stand and help you to embark on that journey.

This experience

  • Pre-Retreat reading of a large section of your project by your writing coach/mentor.
  • Pre-Retreat individual goal-setting and strategy roadmap for your project.
  • Individual monitoring and advice on your goal-setting and strategy during the retreat week.
  • Daily one to ones.
  • Written and Verbal Feedback on daily writing submissions.
  • Final session to discuss progress and talk about next steps.

You can book a Mentored Retreat in 7 and 14-day increments. You can also add a 7 day Studio retreat extension to a 7 day Mentored Retreat to continue writing and implement the fruits of your mentored experience. We are unable to start/stop on dates other than those listed on the calendar page.

A Writer Prepares & A Writer Progresses

Misse practices a one-to-one teaching method and over the last decade these courses have evolved to become part of our Mentored Retreat experience. So, it doesn’t matter whether you are fully engaged in a manuscript or just starting out. Prepares is for when you are just getting started with your project. We aim to help you deliver an outline, a plan and a chapter or two during the week to get you stuck in and send you home motivated to carry on to a first draft. Progresses is aimed at those of you with a minimum of a few chapters and basic outline all the way to those with a full first draft. We look at a large-ish sample in advance and tailor the sessions to help you problem-solve the key challenges in your manuscript and devise a plan for completion and/or revision. See Mentored Retreat above for dates.

DATES 2024

SPRING/SUMMER 2024
7-day 14-day
M/G/S G/S M/G & S
April 7-14 14-21 7-21
May -/- 5-12 -/-
June (2-9) 9-16 (2-16)
KEY:
M = Mentored | G = Guided | S = Studio
(Limited Places) | {1 place remaining} | [Waitlist Only] | -/- Not available
 
AUTUMN/WINTER 2024
7-day 14-day
M/G/S G/S M/G & S
September [1-8] (8-15) (8-22) - G/S
Sept.-Oct. 29-6 (6-13) 29-13
November 3-10 (10-17) 3-17
n/a 17-24 10-24 - G/S
KEY:
M = Mentored | G = Guided | S = Studio
(Limited Places) | {1 place remaining} | [Waitlist Only] | -/- Not available
 

Check here for costs and other details.

 

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