Everything you ever wanted to know about Writers’ HQ retreats but couldn’t be arsed to email to find out. If there’s anything not covered here, drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there any teaching on the retreats?
There is no taught element during the retreats. REPEAT: THERE IS NO TAUGHT ELEMENT DURING THE WRITING RETREATS.
Writers’ HQ writing retreats are about having the time and space to sit and write. That’s it. No distractions, no excuses, just writing.
We do run courses though so if you’re looking for teaching have a look at our online courses.
There is, of course, always plenty of writerly chat during the day and you are more than welcome to ask the retreat leader questions, which depending on their experience they may or may not be able to answer.
Wait, you just write? Couldn't I do that at home?
You could, but do you?
Besides, not everyone has the luxury of being able to write at home. People with long working hours, crazy families, or a million other distractions find that writing at home just doesn’t work for them. For many, time and space to write is hard to find. We want to make it a little bit more accessible.
Who leads the retreats?
A crack team of badass writers!
Do I have to be writing fiction?
Nope. You can write anything you like. WHQers are novelists, short story writers, playwrights, essayists, academics, marketing bods, copywriters, bloggers, students and anyone who puts words on a page and also spends way too long looking at Twitter when they should be writing.
Can I pay by cash or cheque?
Will you feed me?
Writers’ HQ is peopled by a bunch of people who get a cold sweat on at the possibility of under catering. You will be fed, and then some. Pastries in the morning, sandwiches and salads and dips and crisps and many yummy things for lunch, cake and biscuits in the afternoon and all the tea and coffee you can mainline. No one leaves a WHQ retreat hungry.
When you book, you’ll be asked if you have any dietary requirements so just let us know your vegan-free gluten-full sugar-loving needs.
Can I park nearby?
Most likely. It’s one of our requirements when scoping out new venues.
Check your specific retreat venue details for more.