Seize the Week

JULY 2017: VERY SAD TO SAY WE’VE HAD TO CANCEL THIS & THE PREVIOUS WEEK. Seems Brits are avoiding the Eurozone this year with the fall of the £ after Brexit. Back in 2018!


SEIZE THE WEEK: untutored writers’ retreat
Gardoussel, Les Cévennes, southern France
Saturday 2 – Saturday 9 September 2017

Fully catered (plentiful delicious vegetarian fare with wine) and with single-room accommodation for 7 nights £695 (fee £200; accommodation and food £495). (£100 discount if you share a twin room.)

The fee includes an optional group afternoon feedback session each day. 1-to-1 mentoring available.

Bookings open now.


Are you someone who:

  • longs for the space and time to concentrate on a writing project or potential project
  • would like to have the option of spending time with other writers
  • would appreciate feedback from a seasoned tutor and the peer group
  • would be delighted to be catered for (delicious veggie food, and wine)
  • would love all this to happen in a beautiful and inspiring place?

If so, maybe this is the week for you. This retreat is offered to anyone who has a work-in-progress project, e.g. putting together a novel, a poetry collection, creative non-fiction, eg memoir, travel, or eco/nature-writing, or simply would like creative time to muse, reflect and find inspiration in stunning surroundings, with a balance of solitude and the company of other writers.

Included in the fee is a daily afternoon work-in-progress feedback session. There is the option, for a fee, of 1-to-1 mentoring with this well-published and very experienced writer-tutor.

One-to-one mentoring: £60 per contact hour, and included in that fee will be my advance reading of up to a maximum of 2000 words of prose (plus VERY BRIEF summary) and 8 poems. (More can be negotiated.)

There is always the distraction of a hammock, the waterfall pool, or wild swimming in the Gardoussel private stretch of river, or the waterfall pool. The local market tends to feature. This year, 2016, we began each morning with a wonderful dynamic meditation near the river on the wooden yoga deck, with music (optional!). If you really want to spoil yourself, on-site massage is also available.

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BOOKINGS and more info: Abri Creative Writing

Roselle has 25 years’ experience as a course facilitator, tutor and mentor. She’s tutored in creative writing for the Arvon Foundation, the Open College of the Arts, Oxford University, the Poetry Society, the Poetry School, Emerson College and Almassera Vella, as well as numerous other arts and retreat centres, museums and art galleries, and academic establishments here and abroad. Her first Creative Novel Writing course (‘A Novel in Two Terms’) was a whole-page feature in The Guardian on World Book Day 1998, and many of her students in both novels and poetry are now published. Her own poetry, fiction and non-fiction are all widely published, and have won awards. In addition, she’s worked with various musicians and visual artists for many years. She’s also the recipient of two Arts Council England awards.