Tutored Retreat

Monday 20 to Friday 24 October 2013 Carcassonne, Southern France

Our writing retreat just outside Carcasonne provides the perfect opportunity for you to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in your writing. Leave behind the distractions - the work commitments, the family obligations, or anything else that’s coming between you and your project - and take advantage of our tutor-supported retreat in the beautiful Aude region of southern France, where the air is heavy with the ripened vines and still warm enough to find a shady corner and lose yourself in your work. You’ll be living, cooking and writing with like-minded people in an environment and area that’s rich in inspiration, from the Basilica de Saint-Nazare, filled with wonderful stained glass and detailed carvings, to Rennes le Chateau, a very creepy little village that’s said to house the holy grail.


Our writing house sits in a pretty garden with two heated swimming pools and surrounded by a huge variety of mature pine and deciduous trees. Outdoor corners are furnished with tables and chairs for al fresco writing. There’s even a hot tub for lazy evening relaxing when the writing’s finished for the day. On fine days (which is most of the time) you’ll work in the cool of the shaded terrace or stretched out beside the pool. In-depth one-to-ones will ensure you’re able to make meaningful progress with your writing and come away with a realistic, achievable plan for finishing your project. For delegates’ partners, this area boasts a host of extra-curricular activities, with traditional French markets and archaeological heritage sites as well as the famous walled city of Carcassonne with one of the largest fortified castles in Europe waiting to be explored.


This course targets writers looking for the space to explore their writing or work on a specific project. Check out the photographs of last year’s retreat in our gallery: they should give you an idea of what to expect! Five-day residential including all meals and wine with dinner: £680. Partners: £480. Places on the retreat are extremely limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Email us for details or book your place now.