Retreat West Community Memberships

Take your writing to the next level with help from our Community Memberships. We have an active and friendly online space where you can learn, write, and make connections with other writers. Plus, membership packages start from just £25 for the whole year and you get to attend all of our zoom writing, feedback and masterclass sessions!

Membership options

Click on each package to get all the info.

Basic package:
These packages include additional feedback, competition entries and discounts on courses.
This membership includes access to online courses on micro, flash, short story and novel writing:

Community Collaborator

Includes:

Interactive Social Space

Easy-to-use, interactive online space that comes with both Apple and Android apps — for easy any time access on your phone, tablet and laptop. Chat with other members, share and discover great content and get all the Retreat West news first!


Monthly Masterclasses

One-hour Zoom sessions made up of masterclass with a Q&A on elements of flash, short story and novel writing. These will be recorded and uploaded to the community site for members who can’t make the live session. See the 2022 calendar here.


Friday Flashing

Live one-hour Zoom writing sessions on Friday mornings 3 times a month and Friday evening once a month, with a reading, prompt, writing and feedback time. Hosted by either Gaynor Jones, Electra Rhodes or Amanda Saint.


Feedback

Each month, seven members get free detailed feedback on a story. We have monthly Flash Feedback Sessions via Zoom for 4 writers (up to 500 words) and 3 writers get written feedback on 1,000 word stories or novel extracts.


What our members say

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

Sarah

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

Maria

I love the questions and conversations that really get you thinking about your writing.

Kristina

Editorial Enthusiast

All of the benefits of Community Collaborator, with additional feedback report from a professional editor on 2,500 word extracts from novels or memoirs or flash/short stories up to that word count. Plus:

  • 10% discount on editorial services.
  • Digital copies of all books published during membership.

Micro Fiction Fan

All of the benefits of Community Collaborator, with additional feedback on 10 micro stories up to 2,500 words in total. Plus:

  • COMPETITION ENTRIES INCLUDED! One entry into every Monthly Micro Competition. 
  • The Micro Fiction course.

All of the benefits of Community Collaborator, with additional feedback on five flash stories up to 2,500 words in total. Plus:

Flash Fiction Addict

  • COMPETITION ENTRIES INCLUDED! One entry into every Quarterly Flash Competition and the two entries to the 2022 Flash Prize.
  • The original Fantastic Flashing course.
  • 15% discount on our other flash fiction courses. 


Storytelling Devotee

All of the benefits of Community Collaborator, with additional feedback on stories, novels or memoir extracts up to 15,000 words in total. Plus:

  • COMPETITION ENTRIES INCLUDED! One entry into every Monthly Micro Competition, every Quarterly Flash Competition, the Annual Flash, Short Story, First Chapter and Opening Lines competition.
  • 15% discount on all of our courses. 
  • 15% discount on additional editorial services.

Fiction Writing Fanatic

All of the benefits of Community Collaborator, with additional feedback on stories, novels or memoir extracts up to 25,000 words in total. Plus:

  • COMPETITION ENTRIES INCLUDED! One entry into every Monthly Micro Competition, every Quarterly Flash Competition, the Annual Flash, Short Story, First Chapter and Opening Lines contests. 
  • 20% discount on all of our courses. 
  • 20% discount on additional editorial services.

Crazy About Courses

We have new membership packages available for writers who want to do lots of courses! You’ll get all of the benefits of Community Collaborator, plus work alone access to the following courses designed and delivered by Amanda Saint (click the course title to get info on each):

3 additional courses will be added throughout the remainder of 2022

You can choose no-feedback or feedback options for this membership:

NO FEEDBACK OPTION
FEEDBACK OPTION (SEND 1 STORY/CHAPTER FROM EACH COURSE FOR FEEDBACK FROM AMANDA SAINT)

If you have any questions about our community membership, email us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

FREE COMMUNITY COLLABORATOR MEMBERSHIPS FOR LOW INCOME WRITERS

Thanks to the generosity of people donating to our ko-fi page, we have some free Community Collaborator memberships available for low-income writers.