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Sharon Black

Writers Open Retreat, with Sharon Black

Dates: Fri 16 Sep - Fri 23 Sep 2022

Cost: £170 feedback sessions + 615€ (accommodation and meals)

Focus on your writing, undisturbed, in a peaceful environment - with daily group feedback sessions (1 hr) led by 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 Sharon. Subject to availability, these sessions last an hour and will be geared towards any works-in-progress, whatever the stage of development. Sharon's sessions cost 50€ an hour and can be booked in advance, or 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 £170
Accommodation (single rooms if possible), meals & wine is 615€


Sharon Black is from Glasgow and lives in the Cevennes mountains of France. She is the aithor of two full poetry collections, 'To Know Bedrock' (Pindrop, 2011) and 'The Art of Egg' (Two Ravens, 2015; Pindrop, 2019) and a pamphlet 'Rib' (Wayleave Press, 2021). Her third and fourth full collections will be published in 2022 with Vagabond Voices and with Drunk Muse Press respectively. In 2016 she took over as editor and publisher of Pindrop Press.


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Abri Creative Writing Courses & Holidays in the South of France

Postal Address: Abri Creative Writing, Gardoussel, St Andre de Valborgne,

Tel: 0033 964 283 271 (dialing from UK or international) / 09 64 28 32 71 (dialing within France)

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