Portsmouth Writers’ Retreat

One Day Writing Retreats In Lovely Portsmouth

Last Sunday of the month

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Canoe Lake Tennis Pavilion, Portsmouth
£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

Portsmouth Writers’ Retreat is lead by POPPY O’NEILL.

Poppy has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester and is working on her first novel. She’s been shortlisted for the Bristol Prize and writes self-help books for children and adults. She lives in Sussex with her two children and two cats.

Getting here

Parking for the venue is free on the surrounding streets.
To find Canoe Lake Tennis Pavilion look for the sign for Canoe Lake Nursery off Eastern Parade.

Venue

Canoe Lake Tennis Pavilion
St Helens Parade

Southsea
PO4 9RF

Details

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

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March 2020

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29 March 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. £37
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26 April 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. £37
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31 May 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. £37
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June 2020

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28 June 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. £37
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26 July 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. £37
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August 2020

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30 August 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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September 2020

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27 September 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Canoe Lake Tennis Pavilion, St Helens Parade, Southsea
Portsmouth, PO4 9RG United Kingdom

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 a thing that needs doing or a different thing that just needs looking at or, worse, there’s someone being wrong on the Internet and you really need to explain to them why that is before you can get started. And before you know…

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October 2020

Portsmouth Writers’ Retreat

25 October 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Canoe Lake Tennis Pavilion, St Helens Parade, Southsea
Portsmouth, PO4 9RG United Kingdom

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 a thing that needs doing or a different thing that just needs looking at or, worse, there’s someone being wrong on the Internet and you really need to explain to them why that is before you can get started. And before you know…

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November 2020

Portsmouth Writers’ Retreat

29 November 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Last of the month, repeating until 30 November 2020

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Canoe Lake Tennis Pavilion, St Helens Parade, Southsea
Portsmouth, PO4 9RG United Kingdom

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 a thing that needs doing or a different thing that just needs looking at or, worse, there’s someone being wrong on the Internet and you really need to explain to them why that is before you can get started. And before you know…

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