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Brighton Writers' Retreat


3rd Saturday of the month, 10am – 4pm

Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton

🌟 15% discount for Gold Star members! 🌟


Let us help you get those words down

Sometimes what you really need is time, space and a whole load of tea and biscuits to get writing.

Well, it just so happens that’s exactly what happens at Brighton Writers’ Retreats. We help you set a writing target for the day, ply you with caffeine, cake, and gold stars, and keep you pepped up and motivated all day long.

All you have to do is, uh… write.

Our infamous writing retreats were born in bonny Brighton and you’ll find a whole range of writers here — from novelists to short fictioneers, screenwriters to poets, academics to journallers. Everyone is welcome. We just wanna help you fill that blank page.

So c’mon down to B-town and let us show you the motivational power of a croissant and a gold star sticker!

All the info & deets
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Every 3rd Saturday of the month
10am – 4pm
Find upcoming dates and book your ticket below!


Friends Meeting House
Ship Street, Brighton

How much?


incl refreshments + lunch

(15% discount for Gold Star members!)

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The venue is a 10 minute walk from Brighton train station. and on a bunch of bus routes in the centre of town (closest stops on North Street).

Parking in central Brighton can be tricky! Nearest car parks are Churchill Square (£17.50/day) and London Road (£13/day), both a 10 min walk.

Or park further out and hop on a bus (£4.70 day ticket)! There is a free park & ride car park at Withdean Stadium.

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It’s really important to us that our writing retreats are as accessible as possible!

The lecture room at Friends Meeting House is on the ground floor and fullly accessible by wheelchair via a side door.

There are automated doors into the building and the disabled toilet, and two designated Blue Badge parking bays in Ship Street which are approx 50m from the entrance to the gounds. There is also a Fixed Loop System in the Lecture Room.

If you have any additional needs, please let us know when you book so we can help to accommodate you.

Anything else?

Writers’ HQ retreats are strictly no sharing events!

We want you to focus on writing your story instead of getting anxious about other people reading it.

There is no workshopping or taught element to the retreats. It’s just about the writing!

For more writing resources, check out our awesome range of online writing courses!

Your Brighton Retreat Hosts

Jo Gatford

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Jo is a human who procrastinates about writing by writing about writing. Her novel White Lies won the Luke Bitmead Bursary and was published by Legend Press in 2014. She’s also had a bunch of short fiction published, won some prizes, has an MA in Shakespeare, and is currently obsessed with weird-looking 17th century mermaid tiles. Jo is the co-founder of WHQ and the queen of editing, swearing on social media, and flip-chart facilitation.

Twitter: @jmgatford

Anika Carpenter lives and works in Brighton, UK. Her flash fiction can be found online in various publications, including – Ellipsis Zine, Janus Literary, The Molotov Cocktail and Reflex Fiction. Her work has been shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Prize and the Bridport Prize. You can find her via her website @StillSquirrel or at The Flash Cabin, a cosy spot on the virtual vista where she hosts online workshops and courses.

Anika Carpenter

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Paul Macauley

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Paul has been making things since he was small. All the way from tiny Batman costumes made of bin-bags to becoming an award winning writer and theatre maker. As a writer and maker he is working on a novel (who isn’t, right? Keep going everyone!) and a short film and a novella and a theatre show and… you get the picture. Seeing others realising their creative ambitions inspires him, so he also works as a creative coach – helping people to live, make and share what they love.

Find out more at his website

Upcoming Brighton Writing Retreats
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    Saturday 16 March 2024

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PSST... A writing retreat is an AMAZING gift for the writer in your life!

Treat your writer buddy to a day of uninterrupted writing, tea, biscuits and literary cameraderie with a Writing Retreat Gift Voucher.

They’ll be able to choose where and when they want to redeem their voucher and will be forever grateful for your generosity. Gold star for you!