Ways to Support Retreat West

We are grateful to everyone who has reached out to support us so far in 2022, while we try to juggle all that goes with running a small, independent creative business in constantly trying circumstances! Since we started in 2012, we have published thousands of stories, and helped writers from all over the world find their voice and readers and keep developing their craft. It is our aim to continue, and to be able to offer affordable options for writers but this is getting harder and harder for us to do.

It costs us many thousands of pounds a year to provide all the opportunities we do, so if you’re in a position to offer some assistance to Retreat West, then here’s a few low cost ideas.

Take a course or workshop with us

For £5 you can attend a Zoom workshop. We have forthcoming sessions on plotting, pacing, creative compelling narratives and more. Or for a monthly subscription to our Crazy About Courses membership you can get 6 online courses covering flash fiction, short stories and novel writing to work through at your own pace.

Enter our monthly micro competition

For £5 you can enter your 100 word story into our prompt themed contest. We run these 10 months a year (with August and December off) and you could win cash or a writing-related prize, and have your work published on our website.

Buy an ebook directly from us

Our latest anthology release, Monsieur, is just £3 for the ebook version – it contains 3 novellettes-in-flash, so it’s a real bargain at £1 per story!

Become a community member

Our membership starts from £25 a year (or just over £2 a month) and includes monthly masterclasses on all aspects of fiction writing, weekly Friday Flashing writing sessions and opportunities for feedback, as well as our forum to share your news and work. You also get discounted tickets to our online writing festivals.

Or if you don’t fancy any of the above, then you can always buy us a virtual coffee as a one-off, or subscribe to make small monthly donations.

Thank you again, Amanda and Gaynor