One Day Writing Retreats in

London and Newcastle

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Time and space to write

No classes. No workshops. It’s all about you and your work.

Rocket fuel for your writing

Hours of focused attention. No distractions, no chores.

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Fits into your life

Just one weekend day, so you still get a lie-in.

Includes lunch and tasty treats to keep you going

Because… yum?

Central London & Newcastle locations

Easy to reach in both London and Newcastle

You want to write.

Really you do.

If you could run away to Rome and write with the Italian sunlight streaming through your balcony doors you’d be in heaven.

You’d be so productive.

But there are bills to pay, work to do, things to clean, people to see and that dinner won’t make itself, will it?

Then there’s that small voice at the back of your head suggesting that maaaaaaybe you’re procrastinating

We all need some help sitting down and actually doing it sometimes.

Imagine somewhere you could go to escape the normal world and just write for hours at a time.

No distractions.

Bliss.

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London Urban Writers’ Retreat Dates

Sun 21st October 2018

At Launch 22, Kings Cross, WC1X 0LR

Hosted by CJ

10:00 – 17:30

£45




Sun 25th November 2018

At Launch 22, Kings Cross, WC1X 0LR

Hosted by CJ

10:00 – 17:30

£45




Newcastle Urban Writers’ Retreat Dates

Sun 28th October 2018

At Space Six, Pilgrim St, NE1 6QE

Hosted by Annie

10:30 – 17:30

£35




Sun 25th November 2018

At Space Six, Pilgrim St, NE1 6QE

Hosted by Annie

10:30 – 17:30

£35




Important! If you need to change or cancel a one-day retreat, you will need to do so at least a fortnight ahead of your booked retreat date. If you find you’re not able to come after this date, you’re welcome to give/sell your spot to another writer.

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Where are the retreats located?

London retreats are held at The Cube, Launch 22 or The Soho Collective. Please check which venue you have booked! Addresses are:

The Cube, Unit 5, 155 Commercial St, E1 6BJ. The closest station is Shoreditch High St, and it is within 15 minutes walk of Liverpool Street and Old Street, and within 5 minutes of a number of bus routes.

Launch 22, 32 Cubitt St, WC1X 0LR. It’s around a 12 minute walk from Kings Cross, St Pancras, Angel or Russell Square tube stations, and very close to many bus routes.

The Soho Collective, 12 Moor St, Soho, London W1D 5NG. The closest tube is Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road, and it is within 10-15 minutes walk of Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus.

Newcastle retreats are at Space Six. The address is:

Space Six, Floor Six, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6QE. It’s across from the Tyneside Cinema and within a few minutes’ walk of Newcastle Central Station, Eldon Square Bus Station and a number of Metro stations (Monument is closest).

It it wheelchair-accessible?

I’m really sorry, but no. I would love to run more accessible retreats, and if you have suggestions for accessible venues, please let me know at hello@urbanwritersretreat.co.uk.

In Newcastle, Space Six is located on the sixth floor. There is a lift, but there are a few steps up to the entrance of the building.

How does it work?
Once your payment is completed through PayPal, your booking is confirmed. I’ll send out a goal-setting sheet and directions a few days before the retreat. When you arrive we’ll have a brief introduction in the morning, then everybody sits down to work on their own projects. The venue has desks, chairs, a kitchen to make tea/coffee and plenty of power points. I’ll provide a selection of writing books, lunch and snacks. All you need to bring is your laptop/notebooks and your writing project.
What if I run out of words?
That’s a common concern, but honestly, there’s only so long you can stare at a page with nothing else to do. Normally though, getting started and settling down to focus is the hardest thing. People are surprised at how things start to flow once they put their mind to writing, but there’s a selection of writing books including ones with creative prompt exercises if you need a boost.
Eek! It sounds scary!
Um. Yeah. I know what you mean. As a fellow writer and a definite scaredy-cat when it comes to groups of new people, I know that I’d be longing to go on a writing retreat but never quite brave enough to push the button. I promise we’re not that bad though! Pretty much everyone who comes to the retreats is lovely, and we won’t be offended if you don’t want to socialise in breaks (though you’ll have more fun if you do). Go on. You won’t regret it.
Can I change dates?
You can change dates (subject to availability) or get a full refund up to two weeks ahead of your booked retreat date. I’m very sorry, but I can’t give refunds or allow date changes after this point unless I’m able to find a replacement for your space. Alternatively, you’re welcome to give/sell your space to another writer – just let me know who’s coming in your place.