Welcome to Retreat West

We help writers develop their skills, get noticed and get published

Creative writing courses designed and run by award-winning writers. A lively, friendly and inspirational online writing community. Competitions judged by leading literary agents, indie publishers and authors. Mentoring, tailored feedback and more. We offer great value for money, so you can access game-changing guidance and opportunities.

Flexible Online Writing Courses
Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, build your skills and create new work on courses with our award-winning writing tutors.

Retreat West Community Memberships
Join our friendly, online community for advice from expert tutors and personalised feedback on your work, discounted access to our courses, competitions and lots more.

Writing Competitions
Win expert mentoring, feedback from top literary agents and indie publishers, cash prizes and more. 

Retreat West Books
Winner of the Most Innovative Publisher 2020 Saboteur Awards, we’re proud to publish a brilliant range of short fiction, novels and memoirs.

Flash Fictions
Find inspiration in our collection of winning stories from our flash fiction and micro fiction competitions.