Tribe Porty, 19 Windsor Place, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 2AJ
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. Perf
- 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?
- 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.
Parking: The venue is just off the high street and there is on street parking.
Public transport: A range of buses run to Portobello from the centre of Edinburgh (Services 26, 45, 15, and 49) and from East Lothian. There is a nearby train station, Brunstane station, which has regular services to Waverly station (8 minutes to city centre). Brunstane station is about a 15 minute walk from Tribe. There is also a new service from Brunstane to the Borders. Tribe is also accessible by bike as we are nearby to the Innocent Railway Trail and the Portobello Promenade.