Writers' Surgery Retreat • Course 134
21 - 23 November 2017 @ Old Borough Arms, Rye TN31 7LX, UK
Old Borough Arms
The Strand (at the corner of Mermaid Street & the Strand)
Rye, East Sussex
Date: Tuesday evening, 21 November - Thursday, 23 November 2017
Length of course: 2.5 days
Cost: £275 (Single room, no supplement). Non-residential: £125
This bijou writers' surgery will be tailored to the needs and wishes of its participants. A surgery where you can bring work that you don't feel in control of. Where you can receive mentoring on a manuscript that needs editing or critiquing. Where you get advice on how to overcome creative blocks you may have. Or where you can get away and just write.
This 2.5-day hands-on workshop will have short talks, exercises and tutorials. Writers can use the time in any way that is beneficial to them.
The sessions will allow you to:
- share prepared work and receive constructive criticism
- receive individual help in one-to-one tutorials
- participate in group sessions to help you generate material
- discover how restructuring transforms a manuscript
- sharpen your editorial skills
- reshape and edit your own work between sessions and/or tutorials
- learn correct formatting and presentation for an agent or publisher
- use the time as a writer's retreat
There will be an Open Mic night after dinner on Wednesday to share prepared work (no microphone is involved).
This course is open to anyone with a desire to become a wordsmith, from complete beginners to published writers. The workshop will be conducted in a constructive atmosphere conducive to learning.
There are 8 bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms. The course will be limited to a maximum of 8 participants. If you wish to bring your partner along for a few days in Rye, they would be most welcome. Please email to request the cost of a non-participant accompanying you.
PLANNING YOUR JOURNEY • CAR OR TRAIN
To Rye: Rye is a 20-minute train journey from Ashford railway station, which connects to London St Pancras using the high-speed link which takes 38 minutes. Trains from London St Pancras to Ashford International leave twice an hour. From Rye: Trains leave from Rye towards Ashford 56 minutes past the hour. There is 20-minute wait in Ashford. A high-speed train will take you back to St Pancras at 43 minutes past the hour from Platform 5. Please check current timetable and platform numbers at your time of travel. Car: Click here for information on how to arrive by car.
HOW TO GET THERE
The venue is a 5-minute walk from the Rye train station. For a map, click here. The easiest way is to go straight out of the station on Station Road. At the T-junction, turn right onto Cinque Ports Street, then first left onto Wish Ward which becomes the Strand.
My course administrator will be on hand to welcome you. Check-in time is officially 3.00PM, but you could come earlier and enjoy a drink and sit by the fire. After you've settled in, there will be a chance for you to speak to me about what you'd like help with during the workshop. There will be the chance to get to know each other a little before we meet on Wednesday morning. If there is a demand, we can have an Open Mic session on Tuesday night.
The workshop will begin informally on Tuesday night when we will warm up with an exercise, or two, to loosen up your writing muscles. There will also be an opportunity for you to tell me how I can best help with your manuscript, such any difficulties you may have with writing dialogue, editing, overediting or expanding your prose.
From 10.30 on Wednesday I will be "on call" throughout the surgery to individually help you with your prose. If you need help with a specific problem, I will tailor the tutorial session to your needs. The mentoring will end at 5.30 on Thursday evening.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- Paper (bound notebook preferably)
- Pen & a spare
- a hard copy of the work you'd like help with in your tutorials
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Residential students: course fee, 2 nights' accommodation & 2 breakfasts
- Non-residential students: course fee
Rye is a picturesque English town in East Sussex. The entire series of E F Benson's Mapp and Lucia was shot here. The Old Borough Arms is located at the bottom of Mermaid Street, a cobbled lane lined with medieval, half-timbered houses. Rye has a distinguished literary history. Lamb House was once owned by Henry James and the town was also the home of writers, including Radclyffe Hall and E F Benson. Click here for a short video about Rye.
By post: Enrolment will be confirmed on receipt of your £100 deposit. Payment in full is due by 7 November. Bank transfer: To book by bank transfer, ring 020 7263 0669 for account details. Online: Click the button below to pay the course fee using a credit card or PayPal. For our Terms & Conditions, click here.
Mermaid Street, Rye