The Cotswold Writers Retreat

 

owlpenA Summit of Professional Writers and Award-Winning Authors

OWLPEN MANOR, Cotswold, England

January 12 – 19, 2015

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7 days in Cotswold!

Join us for a gathering of talented, award-winning and best-selling authors, presenters and like-minded creatives for this idyllic retreat in the castles of Costwold! Enrich your brain with workshops on social media, novel writing, travel writing, history and architecture during the day, then partake in the sites, tours shopping and dining during the afternoon and evening. There is no other writers retreat like this. Click here to register. (Or call 209-296-4052 or 510-717-3819 to register by phone and/or talk to a real person.) Below is the itinerary and more about what you can expect on this creative getaway:

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Cyder House at Owlpen

Owlpen Manor is recognized as on of the most romantic manor houses in England. It’s situated in the royal triangle in the Cotswolds. The manor house dates back to the c.1200 but it was rebuilt in the Tudor period between 1464 – 1616. The estate is set in a picturesques valley within the Costswolds. It’s located one mile east of the village Uley and three miles from the town Dursley. It’s been used as the location for a number of filmings, including, but not limited to, Most Haunted. (Yes, it’s haunted — what better creative inspiration can you ask for?) The estate consists of a collection of holiday cottages and a restaurant called Cyder House set in an atmospheric medieval building where the menu consists of home-cooked, seasonal meals, with an emphasis on the fresh produce of the working farm and garden. We’ll be staying in a cluster of historic cottages in a historic backdrop 500 hundred years old! It’s a timeless hamlet that has been the inspiration and title of a number of poems and novel passages.

Click HERE to register! (Remember, you can always call 209-296-4052 or 510-717-3819 to register by phone and/or talk to a real person. Or, to pay by check, make the check out to Abroad Writers Conference, and mail it to Shocking Real Life, 201 17th St., Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30363. Or email us at shockingreallife.com for more info.)

Schedule

January 12

Arrival

2:00 – 5:00 Blogging Workshop Hollis Gillespie

7:00 Welcome dinner at The Cyder House

January 13

Grist Mill Cottage at Owlpen

Grist Mill Cottage at Owlpen

7:30 — Breakfast in Grist Mill cottage

8:00 – 11:00 Blogging Workshop with Hollis Gillespie

11:00 – 12:00 Nancy Gerbault “A History of Gourmet Food”

8:00 – 12:00 Jacquelyn Mitchard’s “Full Manuscript” workshop

12:00 Excursion: Broughton Castle (as part of workshops of Sarah Gristwood and Nancy Gerbault)

7:00 Dinner

January 14th

7:30 Breakfast in Grist Mill Cottage

8:00 – 11:00 Travel Writing Workshop with Hollis Gillespie

11:00 – 12:00 Nancy Gerbault Architecture

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Le Champignon Sauvage

8:00 – 12:00 workshops with Jacquelyn Mitchard

12:00 Lunch at **Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham for those signed-up for the extra excursion

6:00 Reading by Hollis Gillespie

7:00 Dinner

January 15

7:30 Breakfast in Grist Mill cottage

8:00 – 11:00 Travel Writing Workshop with Hollis Gillespie

11:00 – 12:00 History of Food

8:00 – 12:00 Jacquelyn Mitchard’s Full Manuscript workshop

12:00 excursions: Stratford-upon-Avon–excursion as part of Nancy & Sarah’s workshops

7:00 Dinner

January 16

7:30 Breakfast in Grist Mill cottage

Manor House in Castle Combe

Manor House in Castle Combe

8:00 – 11:00 Workshops with Sarah Gristwood

11:00 – 12:00 Nancy Gerbault, Architecture

8:00 – 12:00 Jacquelyn Mitchard’s Full Manuscript

12:00 Lunch: The Manor House in Castle Combe

6:00 Readings by Jacquelyn Mitchard

7:00 Dinner

January 17th

7:30 Breakfast in Grist Mill Cottage

8:00 – 11:00 History Workshops Sarah Gristwood

11:00 – 12:00 Nancy Gerbault History of Gourmet Food

8:00 – 12:00 Jacquelyn Mitchard’s Full Manuscript Workshop

12:00 excursion: Sudeley castle–Sarah & Nancy’s workshops

6:00 Readings by Sarah Gristwood

7:00 Dinner

January 18th

Thronbury Castle

Thronbury Castle

7:30 Breakfast in Grist Mill Cottage

8:00 – 11:00 Workshops Sarah Gristwood

11:00 – 12:00 Nancy Gerbault Architecture

12:00 Lunch at Thronbury Castle

7:00 Dinner Celebration in the Cyder House

January 19

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Workshop instructors:

NANCY GERBAULT, Archaeologist/Art Historian and Director of Abroad Writers’ Conference. Nancy will be teaching six one hour lectures and three days of historic sites visits. The first lecture is on the History of Food and Drink in the Middle Ages and the second, Medieval Architecture.

HOLLIS GILLESPIE, Bestselling author and NBC Today Show travel expert. Hollis will be teaching a Travel Writing & Blogging workshop, this is a four day class for three hours a day.

SARAH GRISTWOOD, TV regular commentator on Historical and Royal Affaires and Bestselling British Historian author. Sarah will be teaching a workshop called, Women in History, this is a three day class for three hours a day.

JACQUELYN MITCHARD, #1 New York Times Bestselling author and an Orange Prize finalist. Jackie will be teaching a Fiction workshop and a Full Manuscript Edit & Critique–no limit on pages. This is a five day class, three hours a day.

Cost for the 5 day/4 night retreat is $3500 per person based on double occupancy ($500 surcharge for single occupancy). This includes the workshops itinerary, breakfast each morning, dinner each night (and an add-on excursion offering lunch tours of historical castles each day will be available for and additional $225) as well as all taxes and fees. The price does not include airfare or trip insurance.

Payment:

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