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.

We have lots of regular online writing, feedback and masterclass sessions that all take place on Zoom!

All workshops are recorded and made available to watch afterwards if you can’t make it live.

Membership options

  • Access to the friendly community site and the full archive of video workshops
  • 6 workshops a year with guest teachers that you can attend live and/or watch the recording
  • 10 Monthly Micro workshops a year that you can attend live and/or watch the recording
  • Weekly Friday Flashing sessions all year long bar public holidays
  • Two writing hours a month to get words on the page
  • Monthly Flash Feedback sessions on Zoom to get feedback on stories up to 500 words
  • Feedback lottery six times a year to win detailed written critique on 1,000 words

  • Everything in the Community Membership with extras:
  • Feedback on 1,000 words in year of membership – send any time
  • Mentoring lottery four times a year to win a 1-hour Zoom session and detailed review of a story or novel/memoir extract up to 2,000 words
  • 1 entry for each Monthly Micro competition during membership
  • 10% discount on courses

  • Everything in the Community and Extra Memberships plus:
  • Feedback on an additional 1,000 words in year of membership (so 2,000 words in total) – send any time
  • 1 submission to each edition of WestWord (any category)
  • 1 entry to the WestWord Prize (any category)
  • 3 additional Zoom workshops per year (choose from the paid ones we have running)
  • 15% discount on courses

What our members say

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


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


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