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'Seize the Week' with Roselle Angwin



Dates: Sat 2 - Sat 9 Sep 2017

Cost £695* (shared room £595) - £100 discount for booking on both this event and 'Writing the Bright Moment' the previous week.

Focus on your writing, undisturbed, in a peaceful environment - with daily group feedback sessions led by Roselle Angwin (optional but included in price).

This retreat is for anyone who has a work-in-progress project: putting together a novel, a poetry collection, creative non-fiction (for instance memoir, travel or eco/nature-writing), or simply would like creative time to muse, reflect and find inspiration in stunning surroundings, with a balance of solitude and the company of other writers.

You'll be provided with a single room and delicious, home-cooked, vegetarian meals - which you can choose to eat with the other writers or on your own.

There is also the possibility of having 1-1 mentoring sessions with Roselle. Subject to availability, these sessions last an hour and will be geared towards any works-in-progress, whatever the stage of development. These cost £60 an hour, which includes advance reading of max. 2000 words of prose (plus very brief summary) or 8 poems. They can be booked in advance, with some flexibility once you are here and working on your project with her guidance.

Access to a printer (bring a UBS key) can be arranged and we have a wifi point.

As with our other weeks, massages are normally available from our on-site therapist, Frances. Walking maps can be provided, hammocks abound and we’ll show you to the firewood pile in case you'd like to make yourself an outdoor fire in the evenings.

As part of the informal atmosphere at Gardoussel, guests are asked to participate in tidying up after meals, on a rota basis. This is generally considered to be a plus rather than a chore - as it helps the group to get to know one another better.

Arrival is from 4pm on the first day, departure is after breakfast on the final day.

Roselle will be facilitating another week immediately prior this one: Writing The Bright Moment. There a reduction of £100 total for those booking on both events.

I have been twice to Roselle’s retreat, and have already come to look forward to my week with her as the still point in my year, a truly wonderful week out of my life during which I can be certain that, with her kind and skillful guidance, I will remember why it is that I write. (Vicky Field)

It isn’t easy to put into words what a haven of peace, quietude and relaxation Gardoussel is. (Kerryn Alt)

The week I’ve just spent at Gardoussel with Roselle was transformational. Being in the mysterious mountains of the Cévennes with such an inspirational facilitator was a life enhancing experience and had a powerful and positive effect on my writing. (Kate McGuinness)


Accommodation (single room) is £495, including all meals and wine
Course cost is £200


Roselle has 25 years' experience as a course facilitator, tutor and mentor. She's taught creative writing for the Arvon Foundation, the Open College of the Arts, Oxford University, the Poetry Society, the Poetry School, Emerson College and Almassera Vella, as well as numerous other arts and retreat centres, museums and art galleries and academic establishments here and abroad. Her first Creative Novel Writing course ('A Novel in Two Terms') was a whole-page feature in The Guardian on World Book Day 1998, and many of her students in both novels and poetry are now published. Her own poetry, fiction and non-fiction are all widely published, and have won awards. In addition, she's worked with various musicians and visual artists for many years.

For more info visit www.fire-in-the-head.co.uk or http://thewildways.co.uk or

Roselle's blog

Price includes accommodation and all meals. Single rooms will be provided depending on availability unless otherwise requested.



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