Manchester Writers’ Retreat

One Day Writing Retreats In Vibrant Manchester

Second Saturday of the month

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester
£35

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.
Perf.

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-bots

Manchester Writers’ Retreat is lead by MELISSA WELLIVER and VALERIE O’RIORDAN

Melissa is a Speculative and Children’s Fiction author represented by Peters, Fraser & Dunlop. She has been Longlisted for the Bath Novel Award twice, and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. She lives in the High Peak with her Golden Doodle, Maude.

 

Valerie is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Bolton, where she teaches fiction and cultural theory, and drinks too much coffee. She also writes short stories, and is working on a novel. Her fiction has been published in Tin House, The Lonely Crowd, Unthology, LitMag and other journals, and she’s an editor at The Forge Literary Magazine. She needs more sleep.  Twitter: @somefiasco

Getting here

Travel info coming soon!

Venue

Methodist Central Buildings
Oldham Street
Manchester
M1 1JQ

Details

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

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£35 for one day

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