Self Edit Your Novel Retreat

A creative writing retreat featuring author-led workshops to help you edit your work and get it as polished as can be for submission.

The Self Editing Your Novel Retreat – 4-8 November 2016, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset – £595 all inclusive 

Join us for a writing retreat with masterclasses at a fantastic spot in a thatched cottage right on the beach in Bridport’s stunning West Bay, which is at the end of the famous Chesil Beach and part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. You can see info on the house here. There is space for 6 writers to come along. 

There is a competition running to win a place at this retreat. You can get all the info on that here.

This 4-night writing retreat will help you to take the draft you have completed and hone it into something much more special with the help of Debi Alper, who runs the hugely successful online self-edit course for The Writer’s Workshop and is a creative writing mentor, teacher and editor extraordinaire!

The retreat starts on Friday and we leave on Tuesday. During that time there will be two three hour workshops with Debi, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, on how to recognise what needs doing where in your novel to make it the best it can be before you start submitting it to agents, or publish it yourself. The workshops will cover plot, character, voice, point of view, psychic distance, and prose. There are 1-1s available with Debi to review your work for an extra £50 just let me know when booking if you would like to have one.

On the Monday there will be a three hour workshop led by me, Amanda Saint, in which everyone can read out a 750 word extract that would benefit from getting constructive feedback from the group. We will then look at how we can apply the skills and tools that Debi equipped you with to help improve your work.

Outside of workshops, the time is yours to read, write, walk and enjoy the area.

There are only 6 rooms available so book quickly to avoid disappointment! Email me to book a space. 


What’s included in the cost for the retreat?

Travel is not included in the cost and the nearest mainline train station is Dorchester South. There is a local bus service from there direct to West Bay or it is a 25-minute taxi ride. If you’re driving there is parking at the cottage.

Booking T&Cs

Email me to book a space.