For today’s blog, I’m handing over once again to Victoria Watson, to tell us about her upcoming writing retreat in Tynemouth (with a tempting offer for readers of this blog). Over to you Victoria…
As the facilitator of three weekly Creative Writing groups in Newcastle and North Tyneside, I’m frequently told by the writers who attend that two hours just isn’t enough! That’s why, on Sunday, 24th July, I’m going to be running a writing retreat at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB).
Having been impressed by the quality of the work during an afternoon of readings by members of my writing groups earlier this year, TVLB have opened up their inspirational Watch House Museum for a writing retreat, run by me.
The session will run from 10am until 2pm and will give writers the chance to explore the Watch House, learn more about this wonderful organisation and the work they do as well as taking in some incredible scenery. I’m hoping for a gloriously sunny day although I can’t promise anything!
Around the Watch House, there are very interesting artefacts that could act as prompts for stories, poetry, scripts or non-fiction pieces. Even if you’ve got an idea or something that you’re already working on, this retreat is open to everyone. It gives writers the chance to be inspired and work in peace for four, uninterrupted hours. Similarly, if you find yourself with no ideas, I will be providing a number of prompts and exercises to get your creative juices flowing. Whether you’ve never written before, or have been writing for years, everyone is welcome!
In addition to this, you will also be given the opportunity to read your TVLB-inspired work aloud at the venue’s Heritage Open Day on Saturday, 10th September (although that’s not mandatory!).
The cost of the retreat is £40 and includes lunch. Group booking discounts are available. In order to secure your place, a non-refundable deposit of £20 is due at the time of booking. Victoria is kindly offering a 10% discount on the cost of the day if you mention my blog at the time of booking!
To book your place on the retreat, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07854 147140 for more information.