Swanwick Writing Summer School -The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire

Because I enjoyed Swanwick so much last year, I couldn’t wait to book myself a space again once booking opened on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017. This creative writing retreat happens between 12th-18th August, 2017 and I can’t wait.

Swanwick is a charity and really good value. I believe you’d pay more in a local hotel for bed and breakfast, yet Swanwick includes tuition, all meals, coffee or tea, accommodation and evening entertainment.

Fancy dress, Poetry Open Mic, Buskers Evening, Meditation, Guest Speakers are just a few of the extras. I’ll post the link for anyone interested. It’s for writers of all levels and although around 300 delegates it still manages to have an intimate feel like being with family. If you come once, I promise you, you’ll come again the following year.

First timers are named white badgers and there’s always someone at hand to help you settle in. No one is alone, unless of course you want to be.

Beautiful surrounds including a lake and of course you all know my love of water. What better place to be inspired to write a poem or a story than watching ducks or other water fowl for inspiration.

It’s a great place to make new friends too, as well as expanding your creative knowledge. And would you believe they even have their own book room? So if you’ve written a book you can bring it along to sell. I shall certainly be including a batch of House of Grace in my suitcase this year.

What’s not to like? You can book online or via a booking form and snail mail. Maybe I’ll see you there? Are you ready to escape?

Swanwick week now has a regular slot in my diary for years to come…





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