Leeds Writers’ Retreat

One Day Writing Retreats In Leeds

Last Saturday of the month

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Leeds Industrial Museum, Leeds

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

Leeds Writers’ Retreat is lead by MONICA DICKSON

Monica writes short fiction and is working on making it longerer. Her stories have been read out on radio (East Leeds FM), published online (Ellipsis, Spelk, Dear Damsels and others) and printed in lit mags (Salomé, Firewords). Her work has also been shortlisted for the TSS Flash Fiction 400 competition. She lives with her husband, two daughters and a tendency to overthink everything.

Twitter: @Mon_Dickson

Website: www.writingandthelike.wordpress.com

Getting here

Leeds Industrial Museum, aka Armley Mills (look out for the brown signage)

Car: Free car park at the entrance to the grounds, disabled parking bay next to the museum entrance.

Bus: The number 15 runs every half hour from stops near Leeds City Railway Station (Park Row or Wellington St.) and you’ll be here in under ten mins (Canal Road Forge Lane stop).

Foot: About half an hour from Leeds City Railway Station along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath.

More travel options & access info: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/armleymills/visitor-information


Leeds Industrial Museum
Canal Road
LS12 2QF


Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: £35. Or book 3 for £90 (save £15)



£35 for one day


Save £15 and book 3 retreats for £90 >>


£35 for one day


Save £15 and book 3 retreats for £90 >>