Manchester Writers’ Retreat

One Day Writing Retreats In Vibrant Manchester

Third Sunday of the month

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester
£37

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-bot

Manchester Writers’ Retreat is lead by VALERIE O’RIORDAN

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

Parking: plenty of free on-road parking next to the venue at the weekends. Don’t park on-site unless you need disabled parking, in which case contact the venue directly to book a spot: 0161 273 2215 or email [email protected].

Cars: set your SatNavs to 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LW. The House is on the corner of Plymouth Grove and Swinton Grove.

Public Transport: Bus no. 197 runs from Albert Square at one minute past the hour and goes down Plymouth Grove. Other buses go down Upper Brook Street (2 mins walk from the venue), Manchester Oxford Road (5-10 mins walk) and Stockport Road (10 mins walk). The nearest train stations are Manchester Piccadilly (1.2 miles) and Oxford Road (1.4 miles).

Walking from Oxford Road/University of Manchester: heading away from the city centre, turn left onto Grafton Street, left again after the hospital onto Plymouth Grove, and walk for five minutes – the venue will be on your right.

Venue

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LW

Details

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: £37. Or book 3 for £99 (save £12)

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15 March 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. £37
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19 April 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. £37
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17 May 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. £37
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June 2020

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21 June 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. £37
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19 July 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. £37
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16 August 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. £37
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20 September 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. £37
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18 October 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. £37
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15 November 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. £37
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