Set in the lush Cévennes mountains of the Languedoc region, Abri offers a program of residential creative writing courses suitable for all abilities in a variety of genres.
At Abri (‘shelter’ in French) - the writing ‘wing’ of Gardoussel Retreat - we provide a place of calm and natural beauty where writers can get down to the business of their craft without the distractions of crowds, traffic or TV. With its picturesque valley views, its meandering river, its wide open spaces and a profusion of wildlife, it is the perfect writers' retreat.
Tune into your writing muse with the help of our top tutors and in the company of like-minded writers. Or maybe you would prefer a solitary writing retreat if you have a particular project to work on.
Surrounded by glorious pine and holm oak forests, Abri courses take place in a picturesque hamlet set in 45 acres of private meadow and woodland, just 1 hour from Nimes and 2 hours from Montpellier. The hamlet is secluded yet within easy access to pretty villages.
All our writing holidays are full-board with a maximum limit of 16 people (some events are limited to lower numbers) to ensure quality teacher-student time. Guests are accommodated in single rooms when possible (doubles and twins also available). Meals are delicious, home-made and vegetarian - mostly organic - and include local wine.
* New: Writers Open Retreats - concentrate on your writing, undisturbed, in a peaceful environment - alone or in the company of other writers. No teaching, but 1-1 mentoring available if wished.
For a listing of upcoming creative writing holidays and Open Retreats at Abri see our Calendar.