The Screenwriting Retreat

18-22 June 2018, Retreats for You, Sheepwash, Devon
All inclusive price £625 /SOLD OUT

Join us for a 4 night retreat, from Monday to Friday, at the lovely Retreats for You in Sheepwash.

As well as 3 screenwriting classes with novelist and screenwriter, C M Taylor, you’ll get time to yourself to write, read, relax and enjoy the beautiful Devon countryside. There are 5 rooms available.

What will you learn? The screenwriting retreat will feature three classes suitable for both beginners, and for those with some experience who are looking to improve their script-writing skills. As well as looking at how to develop a speculative script from a brand-new idea, you’ll also learn how to adapt existing material (novels and short stories) for the screen – with a strong emphasis placed on the different demands of TV and film writing.

The classes will cover all the main aspects of screenwriting: genre, theme, act structure, character arc, dialogue and action. Plus, there will be time spent on the art of laying out a script, and on enjoying pages from some classic scripts, to find out what actually makes them so damn good.

Who’s C M Taylor? C M Taylor co-wrote the thriller Writers Retreat, starring Poppy Drayton. He has published five novels, lectures widely on many aspects of creative writing, edits fiction for publishers, and is an Associate Lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

In screenwriting development, he has a historical action-adventure TV series co-created with Jeremy Sheldon, a supernatural thriller written with Tim Rhys, and has recently adapted one of his own novels for TV. These last three projects are still under wraps but come retreat time, you never know…

What’s included in the cost? The fee includes:

  • all classes
  • 4 nights in your own room with a writing desk and lamp
  • three delicious home-cooked meals a day (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free can all be catered for)
  • snacks, unlimited tea and coffee and wine in the evening.

Your room also has fluffy towels, a robe and slippers, adjustable heating, wifi, a hairdryer, and your own kettle to make hot drinks.

The house has a big living room with a woodburner to gather round in the evenings for readings and chats; a mini home gym in the new studio; 2 bathrooms, stocked with bubbles, scrubs, shampoos and lotions; laundry facilities; wellies, jackets, fleeces and slankets to borrow; a piano; electronic massage chair; many different places to sit and write; a library of books to borrow including  a ‘how to write’ section; and two friendly labradors to hang out with.

Arrival time on the Monday and departure on the Friday is 1pm.

How do you get there? The cost does not include travel and you’ll need to arrange this yourself. The nearest mainline train station is Exeter and we can provide local taxi details to bring you from there (about an hour’s journey). If you’re driving there is free parking outside the house.

If you’d like to come then the full fee is due now.

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Booking T&Cs

  • £150 non-refundable deposit due on booking
  • Balance due by 18th April 2018
  • If you cancel after 18th April 2018 a refund (minus your deposit) will be given only if we can re-sell the space
  • Cancellations at any time before 18th April 2018 will be refunded in full minus the deposit amount of £150
  • In the unlikely event that retreat is cancelled you will get a full refund of all monies paid