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Welcome to Retreat West

All about writing great stories

Since 2012, we've been helping writers develop their craft, get published and get their writing noticed.

Whatever length story you’re writing we’ve got all you need to get started and get to the end.

Explore our courses

We have lots of great courses that can help you take your writing to a new level.

Join a group, work by yourself, or work 1-1 with a tutor to get new insights and inspiration for your craft.

Join us for a workshop

We have lots of Zoom workshops where you can learn about all different aspects of writing. Tickets can be bought on our Ticket Tailor page.

Read great stories and get published

Our online literary magazine, WestWord, launched in 2022 and we publish nine editions a year.

What writers say about Retreat West

Some of the nice things people have said about us

"Not only does Amanda give valuable advice about the nuts-and-bolts of storytelling, she digs so much deeper into what your story is about, exposing what is missing but also revealing hidden layers to be explored."

Sally Curtis

"The encouragement from other community members has been incredible and so helpful, especially when I’ve been feeling doubtful."

Maria Thomas

“I feel lucky to have taken this course. The tutorials and exercises were excellent; the mentoring truly outstanding. If you are serious about the craft of writing novels, I can’t recommend it highly enough.” 

John Lutz

"I love being a member, it’s pushed me to write and submit a flash every month."

Sarah Barnett

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