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2018 Writers Retreat

Writers Retreat

16-19 February 2018

Dunford House

Find focus and inspiration at the 2018 SCBWI Writers Retreat

In need of inspired writing time, fuelled by cake and with expert advice on-hand? The hugely popular SCBWI Writers Retreat returns to Dunford House, Sussex from Friday 16th February to Monday 19th February 2018.

This will be the last retreat at the much-loved Dunford House as the venue is closing next year, so let’s make this one go with a bang!

Headlining will be award-winning author Sophia Bennett and Amber Caravéo, literary agent at Skylark Literary. 

All talks and a one-to-one with a speaker is included in the price (subject to availability).

To read the full description and to book go to Writers' Retreat page.



Picture Book Retreat

Picturing Words and Writing Pictures

Bookings go live 29 January 2016!

favourite-booksA weekend of play, exploration, personal work time, group critiques and fun for picture book illustrators and writers.

Join us for a creative weekend for picture book writers and illustrators on the River Avon in Worcestershire. Each day will start with a creative workshop to jump-start your writing, explore new techniques and experiment with words and art materials. There will be an optional set project for writers and illustrators and ample time for work on this or on personal projects. Every attendee will be assigned a faculty mentor and will have the chance to book a slot with a commissioning editor. The evenings will be open for informal critique sessions, discussions on technique, craft and the children’s publishing industry.

We are excited to welcome author illustrator Lynne Chapman back in 2016 after another amazing retreat, and look forward to having author illustrator Debi Gliori, tbc, and two commissioning editors, tbc, to talk with us and give a limited number of mentor sessions.

We are back at our favourite retreat spot, Holland House located on four acres of beautiful gardens in Cropthorne, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 3NB. A magnet for writers and artists, Holland House is a perfect setting to find inspiration and new ideas, to experiment and share expertise.

8 – 11 July 2016.

Retreat fees include accommodation and meals. Every attendee will have their own room.

Non-refundable deposit to hold your place – £50

Full cost of the retreat for members – £320.

Non-member full cost – £370

Balance due by 20 June 2015

To find out more, check back for the live link to the Picture Book Retreat booking page, 29 January 2016 at noon.