I have no opinion one way or the other. I’ve heard great things about the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School, which I would attend this year had I not already been booked for something else. But that is a course, with tutors, speakers, wifi and structure. This article discusses retreats, which are a different beast. So I take Max’s point.
So what do you think? I am genuinely looking for opinions. Should I sign up for a course or a retreat? Tell us all about your experiences and opinions.
From Joel Rickett’s Guardian Bookseller column:
Writing retreats are now wildly popular. On any given week there’ll be small groups of budding scribes strewn around the Lake District, Wales, and even Tuscany, searching for that elusive blend of solitude and writerly companionship. Now they can go further afield with the launch of “writing adventure holidays” from the Literary Consultancy, which promises “the company of some of our best-known writers and artists . . . in a stunning setting which will open mind and senses”.
I’ve always been suspicious of writers’ retreats and my gut instincts tell me that they are a waste of time and money. This isn’t a popular view – after all, who could object to the idea of writers from all over the country getting together to work in a tranquil environment?
These writing adventure holidays are a new thing. But as I’m discussing writing retreats in…
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