Glasgow Writers’ Retreat

One Day Writing Retreats In Glasgow


Last Sunday of the month
10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Woodlands Community Workspace, Glasgow

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

Glasgow Writers’ Retreat is lead by MELISSA STIRLING-REID.

Melissa is a curious writer, reader, and photograph-taker who lives by the sea and drinks more tea than water. She recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing (ooh, fancy) and is currently revising the coming-of-age novel that she began as part of that. Her work – both fiction and creative nonfiction – has been published several places, including being broadcast on BBC Radio 4. During her PhD, Melissa founded Quotidian Literary Magazine, and since 2015, she has been teaching Creative Writing to undergrads and masters students at Strathclyde. She keeps an observational blog ( which is sort of a love letter to the ordinary.
Twitter @melissasreid

Getting here

Getting here: The venue doesn’t always seem to come up on map apps, but if you search for ‘Woodlands Community Garden’ then the workspace is about 30 seconds away from there on the corner of West Princes Street and Ashley Street (i.e. if the garden gate is on your left, keep walking and then, at the corner of the street you’ll see the workspace on your left. It’s a cute little glass box of a building – you can’t miss it). 

Parking: The venue is a 2 minute walk from St George’s Cross subway station, so we’d recommend parking at one of the park-and-ride stations – Shields Road or Kelvinbridge, for instance – and then getting the subway to the venue. Street parking is available by Woodlands Workspace if you’d rather park right outside and the street is generally quiet, but because of Glasgow’s new parking restrictions you need to run out and top up the meter every 3 hours so it can get a bit expensive/annoying if it’s raining. 

Public transport: As above, the venue is a 2 minute walk from St George’s Cross subway station (note: the subway opens at 10am on Sundays). There are also regular buses from the city centre and the venue is just off Great Western Road.


Woodlands Community Workspace
66 Ashley Street, Glasgow, G3 6HW


Time: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: £37. Or book 3 for £99 (save £12)



£37 for one day


Book 3 retreats for £99 – just put them in your basket and you’ll see the discount at the checkout.

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