Cheltenham Writers’ Retreat

One Day Writing Retreats In Cheltenham


Third Sunday of the month

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Sober Parrot, Cheltenham

No distractions. No excuses. Just writing.

Look, we get it. We have the same problem. We make the grandest of plans – Booker Prize winning plans… Pulitzer winning plans! – but life gets in the way.

There’s always one more thing to do, or one more stupid thing to look at on the Internet. Before you know it, it’s gone midnight, you’re sitting in your pants eating Dairy Milk, and you’ve written 25 words. Ugh. That’s why we’ve developed our retreats, in which we turn off the wifi and make you get on with it.

Because the only way to get your writing done is to sit down and write.

What happens at a Writers’ HQ retreat?

Writing! More writing! Some more writing! A bucket-load of writing! Also much tea and biscuit eating.
Spend the day in a room with a bunch of writers, limitless caffeine and – horror! – no internet.
We’ll help you set your writing goals for the day and for the long-term, celebrate your successes, and break through blocks.
Write in timed sprints with lots of breaks for hot drinks, non-stop eating, literary chat and leg-stretching.
A score board, gold stars, general silliness and supportive competitiveness will help you reach your targets, break bad habits, and get your writing moving.
No distractions.
No excuses.
Just writing.

What’s included?

  • All the tea and coffee you can drink
  • Morning snacks, lunch, biscuits and cake
  • A supportive environment and gold stars
  • Lots of encouragement and the lovely warm glow of finally-getting-it-done satisfaction

Who are Writers’ HQ retreats for?

  • Everyone!
  • New writers! Emerging writers! Aspiring writers! Experienced writers! Not-sure-if-they’re-really-allowed-to-call-themselves-writers! (hint: if you write, you’re a writer)
  • Writers who want to tinker with some ideas or make a start on a brand new project.
  • Writers with a work-in-progress that’s stalled or been put aside while life takes over.
  • Writers who just wanna get shit done.
  • People writing fiction, non-fiction, scripts, academic texts, copy, articles, blogs, poetry, creative non-fiction, genre, high brow, low brow, and anything else that needs an alphabet shuffle.
  • People who want to drink tea and eat biscuits and write some words in a fun, supportive environment.

Anything else I should know?

  • 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 taught courses please check out our superduper range of online courses.

Your retreat-o-bot

Cheltenham Writers’ Retreat is led by ALEX CLARK

Alex Clark hosts the Writers’ HQ writing retreats at Cheltenham. Her short stories and poems have appeared in a range of places, including Lighthouse Journal, The North, Prole, Shooter Literary Magazine, Litro Online, MIR Online, Fairlight Shorts, and anthologies by The Fiction Desk. She is currently writing her second novel. She runs the Writers’ HQ Cheltenham retreats, and Cheltenham-based live flash fiction night Flashers’ Club. She has two small children and nowhere near enough time.

Twitter: @otheralexclark


Getting here

By rail: The Sober Parrot is a 15-20 minute walk from the rail station, down the Honeybourne Line, which is a pedestrian greenway. To get onto the Honeybourne Line, exit the station via the car park and  onto the street, then cross the road to the trees which mark the start of the footpath. Where the greenway forks beneath two road bridges, take the right branch and walk past Waitrose. The Sober Parrot will be on your left, at the roundabout. There are buses from the rail station to Royal Well bus station if walking is not suitable.

By bus: From the Royal Well Bus Station (the main bus station), it’s a 5 minute walk.

By car: Cheltenham Walk Car Park is just over the road from the Sober Parrot and is £10 for the day. Several of the streets surrounding the venue have permit parking which does not apply on Sundays, so you may be able to find free street parking. However, the Catholic church next to the venue has a service on Sunday morning, so be aware that spaces are at a premium and you may need to look slightly further afield to find them.


The Sober Parrot
7 St. James’ Square
GL50 3PR


Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: £37. Or book 3 for £99 (save £12)



£37 for one day


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