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Writers Open Retreat, with Lucy Wadham & Sharon Black

Lucy Wadham
Sharon Black

Dates: Sat 18 Sep - Sat 25 Sep 2021

Cost: £150 + 605€ (accommodation and meals)

Focus on your writing, undisturbed, in a peaceful environment - with daily group feedback sessions (1 hr) led by Lucy Wadham and Sharon Black.

This retreat is for anyone who has a work-in-progress project: putting together a novel, a poetry collection, creative non-fiction, 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 Lucy or Sharon. Subject to availability, these sessions last an hour and will be geared towards any works-in-progress, whatever the stage of development. Lucy's sessions cost £60 an hour and can be booked in advance, with some flexibility once you are here and working on your project with her guidance. Sharon's sessions cost 50€ an hour and can be booked on site.

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

A warm welcome, relaxed atmosphere, cosy rooms, delicious locally grown food, wild walks in wild forests and inspiring company... I'll be back next year. (Jenny Cater)

I was a physical wreck when I got to you and my mental state was pretty gloomy too. When I left, I felt light, free of pain and able to cope, and enthused about writing.” (Daphne Wilbraham)

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.


Feedback-sessions cost is £150
Accommodation (single rooms if possible), meals & wine is 605€


Lucy Wadham was born in London and has spent 30 years in France. She is the author of three novels, 'Lost', 'Castro's Dream' and 'Greater Love' and a bestselling memoir, 'The Secret Life of France,' all published by Faber. ‘Heads and Straights,’ another memoir was published by Penguin in 2013. She is currently working on TV scripts and her debut poetry collection 'Fold' was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize 2019.

Sharon Black is originally from Glasgow but now lives in the Cevennes mountains of France. Her first poetry collection, 'To Know Bedrock' was published by Pindrop in 2011. Her second, 'The Art of Egg' came out with Two Ravens in 2015. In 2016 she took over Pindrop Press as editor and publisher. Her third is due out shortly and she is working on a fourth, about the Cevennes.

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Abri Creative Writing Courses & Holidays in the South of France

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