Real life writing retreats

The famous Writers’ HQ word-writing, tea-drinking, procrastination-busting, gold-star-winning one-day writing retreats across the UK

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 writing retreat?



Lots of writing

Writing! More writing! Some more writing! A bucket-load of writing! Also much tea and biscuit eating.


Many cuppas

Spend the day in a room with a bunch of writers, limitless caffeine and a tasty lunch.


Hit your targets

We’ll help you set your writing goals for the day and for the long-term, celebrate your successes, and break through blocks.


Writing sprints

Write together in short bursts – long enough to focus but not so long you burn out – with breaks for leg stretches, drinks, snacks and lunch.


Gold stars

A score board, gold stars, general silliness and supportive competitiveness will help you reach your targets and get your writing moving.


Get it done

No distractions. No excuses. Just writing. Perf.

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

Writers' HQ is the difference between wanting to write and doing it

The courses, community spirit, and support are invaluable. The people I have met and the things I’ve learned have changed my life.

Heather H

Yesterday’s Writers HQ Retreat was utterly brilliant

Had a great day of writing with some incredibly inspiring people. Thank you for helping me find my way through my novel and helping me find the love for it when I’m struggling. These guys are epic, superstars.

Vicky J

Just brilliant

Run with knowledge, integrity, kindness, and humour. An obvious love and insight for the written word. You are in safe hands with Writers HQ. 💞

Naomi R

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