Writing Retreat in Nottingham, Sunday 16th September 2012

You want to write. Really you do. In fact, if you could run away now to Rome and write full-time with the Italian sunlight streaming through your open balcony doors you’d be in heaven. You long to write and think about it all the time. But… are you making the progress you think you should?

We all procrastinate when it comes to writing. What we need is tough love, a place where it’s impossible to do anything but write! Luckily, I know just such a place…

Date: Sunday 16th September 2012 – missed it, sorry!

Time: 10:30-5:00

Venue: Beeston Library, Nottingham

Cost: £35 £30

Does this sound like you?:

  • You find it tricky to find time to write. Life is busy and distracting, and things just get in the way despite your best intentions.
  • You know what you want to write and how much you want to write per day but, um, things seem to be slipping. Or you just feel as though you need to get a few thousand words out of the way to give the project a boost.
  • When you do have time set aside to write you start to feel a desperate need to do the washing up, paint a fence, organise the sock drawer or file your tax returns and naps start to look awfully tempting.
  • You do this even if you have a pressing reason to write, such as a course or publisher’s deadline in the distance.
  • You get disheartened sometimes because, just as you’re about to sit down and write, you realise that nothing you write is any good anyway.

Urban Writers Retreat gives you time and space away from the real world so that you can just write.

The hardest bit of writing is actually sitting down and starting, getting through those first 10 minutes before you sink into the world you’ve created. Imagine being somewhere that this isn’t an issue: no phone, no internet, no children, no sock drawer. You’ve already worked out what you will write and without distractions it’s just you and your work, surrounded by the sound of other people in the same situation tapping away industriously, so settling into that lovely feeling of being lost in your work is easier.

I have the same problems as you and I’m here to enable you to write, to be your cheerleader, and to look after you with cake. Yes, cake. And biscuits. And tea. Mmmm.


‘The absence of distractions is rare and hugely helpful. I am a fairly slow writer, turning in around 1,500 words on my very best, chore-free days before I feel I’ve done as much as I can and need to call a halt. On Sunday, I wrote over 6,000 words of the novella I’m currently working on… this was a big breakthrough, restoring the momentum I’ve carried on since.’ Rob.

‘Heaps of thanks, Charlie! I wouldn’t have finished it if I hadn’t gone to the Urban Writers Retreat! ‘ Sian, who wrote 13,000 words (our record!) to finish her novel at the retreat.

How does it work?

  • One day (10-6) in a convenient venue that is all ours and has ample power sockets but no internet (begone evil distraction!). Phones must be off.
  • I provide reference books and creative exercises in case you get stuck, plus lunch and refreshments including home-baked cakes.
  • Before arriving you’ll set your own goals to make sure you get the most out of the time.
  • You bring your laptop, notebooks, project and a willingness to write.
  • That’s it! You come, you write, you go away happy. No classes, no embarassing sharing of work. We’re here to write.

Date: Sunday 16th September 2012,

Time: 10:30-5:00

Venue: Beeston Library, Nottingham

Cost: £35 £30