PRODUCTIVE AND AFFORDABLE
WRITING RETREATS ACROSS THE UK

TIME AND SPACE TO WRITE

No distractions. No excuses. Just writing.

PRODUCTIVE AND AFFORDABLE
WRITING RETREATS ACROSS THE UK

TIME AND SPACE TO WRITE

No distractions. No excuses. Just writing.

AS SEEN ON:

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 it, it’s past midnight, you’re sitting in your pants eating Dairy Milk and you’ve written 25 words. Ugh.

That’s why we’ve developed our state-of-the-art, cutting edge, highest of all high tech retreats, during which we make you get on and do the work. Because the only way to get your project written is to sit down and write it.

WHAT HAPPENS AT A WRITERS' HQ WRITING RETREAT?

Writing, and lots of it.

You’ll spend the day in a room with a bunch of writers, limitless caffeine and no Internet.

We’ll help you set your personal writing goal for the day and longer term. We’ll talk about your successes and blocks. And then you write. And write. And write.

We write in short sprints with breaks for leg stretches, drinks, snacks and lunch.

A score board, gold stars, general silliness and supportive competitiveness will help you reach your targets, break you out of your bad habits, and get your writing moving.

WHO ARE WRITERS' HQ RETREATS FOR?

  • Everyone!
  • New writers or experienced writers with a project in progress that has stalled or been put aside while life takes over.
  • New or experienced writers who want to tinker with an idea, or with an idea they want to make a big start on.
  • People who want to drink tea and eat biscuits and write some words in a fun, supportive environment.
  • People writing fiction, non-fiction, academic texts, copy, journalism, poetry, creative non-fiction, genre, high brow, low brow, and anything else that needs an alphabet shuffle.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • All the tea and coffee you can drink
  • Morning snacks, lunch, biscuits and often cake
  • A supportive environment. Gold stars.
  • Lots of encouragement and the lovely warm glow of finally-getting-it-done satisfaction

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.

“Writers’ HQ gave me the confidence to write. I’ve had short stories, poems, and a children’s book published. Through hundreds of tiny steps and stumbles, each one supported by the Writers HQ community, I am finally happy to call myself a writer. It has become my job.”


Lisa Fransson
author, Älgpappan

“The endless enthusiasm and encouragement of Sarah and Jo has worked magic. My novella-in-flash was published by Ellipsis and won Best Novella in the Saboteur Awards 2019 and I’m now represented by super-agent Sheila Crowley at Curtis Brown.”


Stephanie Hutton
author, Three Sisters of Stone

“With Jo and Sarah’s help I put together a query letter that got me four full requests from the slush-pile, three offers of representation and ultimately, an agent. There’s a reason I mention WHQ in the acknowledgements of my debut novel – they are awesome.”


Emma Reid
author, Milton the Mighty

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