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Edinburgh Writers' Retreat


One Sunday a month — 10am – 4pm

Tribe Porty, Portobello, Edinburgh

🌟 15% discount for Gold Star members! 🌟


Write your socks off with WHQ

A whole day dedicated to writing (and snacking, and drinking tea)?


Edinburgh writing retreat is a little haven for any writer in desperate need of time and space and support to write. Whether you’re working on a novel, bashing out some flash fiction, tweaking a poem, or researching for an essay, we can help you find the words and get ’em down.

We’ll take care of the writer fuel (pastries, sarnies ‘n’ bottomless caffeine), keep you motivated, reward you with gold star stickers (surprisingly effective when used on grown adults), while YOU focus on the creative stuff.

Sounds perfect right? Better hit that ‘book now’ button then, huh?

All the info & deets
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Every 2nd Sunday of the month
10am – 4pm
Find upcoming dates and book your ticket below!


Tribe Porty
19 Windsor Place
Portobello, Edinburgh
EH15 2AJ

How much?

incl refreshments + lunch
(15% discount for Gold Star members!)

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The venue is just off the high street and there is on-street parking.

A range of buses also run to Portobello from the centre of Edinburgh (services 26, 45, 15 and 49) and from East Lothian.

The nearest train station is Brunstane which is a 15 min walk away and has regular services to Waverley station (8 mins to city centre). There is also a new service from Brunstane to the Borders.

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

Tribe Porty has level and step-free access throughout, and an accessible disabled toilet.

The walls and the doors have high colour contrast and there is good lighting throughout.

We can also cater for dietary requirements.

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 Edinburgh Retreat Host

Veronique Kootstra

Veronique runs the Edinburgh retreats and also hosts online weekend retreats and Journaling. She writes short stories, flash fiction and is querying her first novel.

She’s currently working on her second novel. When she’s not writing you can usually find her in the cinema or on Twitter.

Twitter: @vkootstra

Upcoming Edinburgh Writing Retreats
  • Edinburgh Writers’ Retreat
    Sunday 19 November

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  • Edinburgh Writers’ Retreat
    Sunday 14 January 2024

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  • Edinburgh Writers’ Retreat
    Sunday 11 February 2024

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  • Edinburgh Writers’ Retreat
    Sunday 10 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!