Courses – A Writer Prepares

Courses – A Writer Prepares

You have an idea for a novel, short story, nonfiction or some other longer piece. You may have some notes, maybe even a chapter. This week focuses on turning that idea into a plan, getting the basic elements of writing craft down and putting those to work on your material. Everything is focused on developing your manuscript. We will write scenes, explore character, plot, dialogue and structure culminating in a chapter or two, an outline and a plan for moving forward with your book-length work.

Craft and plan

This strand is ideal for those wishing to write a novel, memoir, narrative nonfiction, or stories, who want to learn the skills to get started and stuck into the process, leaving with a plan to see it through to completion.

You do not need to have written any of your project. All you need is a sense of what you want to write about.  We will guide you through the process of developing your ideas into a plan and pieces of writing that will form the building blocks of your book or story. Do bring any notes or outlines you may have made. If you have written some scenes or even a couple of chapters, that’s fine. Bring them along as well.

Creative Cocoon

As past participants will tell you, something special happens here and it truly becomes a creative cocoon where you can relax and explore your writing. This has a great deal to do with our limited course size of never more than six and the fact that we tailor the course to each participant, offering an individual holistic approach that meets you where you are and pushes you to the next level. Once you book we ask you about your writing experience and what you hope to get out of your time with us. Then we do everything we can to help you make that happen.


Course Length: Starts late afternoon Saturday, finishes early Saturday morning (7 nights)

Schedule: Morning teaching sessions and one-to-one feedback sessions each day. Sessions include excursions to markets, chateaus and other adventures. Writing/free time in late afternoon/early evening each day.

Travel Details:

Free pick-up (Saturday) and drop-off (Saturday) at:

  • Nantes Atlantique International Airport (You can arrive via plane or train). Full details here.
    • Pick-up 17:15
    • Drop-off 13:15
  • You can also take the train to Thouars, our nearest town, and we’ll collect you. Details here.
  • You can also drive. We’ll send directions and GPS coordinates.

Meals & Drinks:  Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day, including wine & cocktails. Coffee, tea, juices, soft drinks and snacks available all the time.

Accommodation: Misse guest rooms have been designed to be the perfect writer’s space year-round: you’ll have comfort, quiet, privacy and a wonderful view over your surroundings. All of our guest rooms have en suite bathrooms. For more details see our rooms page.

Cost:  £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.