French House Party Carcassonne
based: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Cookery, arts or leisure holidays in high-class private property near Carcassonne with great French cuisine and wines. Recommended in "100 World's Best Vacations" book. Eight-bedroomed accommodation has pool, tennis and boules. Tutored courses include painting, books, creative writing, songwriting, movie-making and Gastro Academy with top French chefs.
| cookery | gastronomic | wine | groups | weekends/short breaks | songwriting | writing | film/video | team building | weddings/honeymoons | painting/drawing | France |
ISSOS International Summer Schools
based: St Andrews, Scotland | Cambridge, England | New Haven, USA
Summer school program offering high school students (13-18) the opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the amazing, historic and picturesque university towns of St Andrews, Cambridge and Yale. A three week program welcoming students from over 80 nationalities (each nationality limited to 10% to guarantee a truly international experience).
| summer schools | youth/teen | multi-activity | English language | painting/drawing | photographic | film/video | golf | tennis | writing | Scotland | UK | USA |
based: Greece & Isle of Wight, UK
An impressive range of active, creative and holistic holidays in Greece and Isle of Wight, UK. Art, dance, writing, music & singing holidays; Christmas & New Year retreats; comedy & theatre courses; health & wellbeing retreats; outdoor adventure, watersports & yoga holidays. Many breaks offering a host of activities in one package.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | retreats | yoga | painting/drawing | mosaic | dance (mixed) | writing | comedy | windsurfing | sea kayaking/canoeing | singles | Greece | UK |
Windbreak House Writing Retreats
based: South Dakota, USA
Writing retreats on a family cattle ranch in the grasslands of western South Dakota; hosted by writer and poet Linda Hasselstrom. Windbreak House offers a writing retreat, rather than a workshop, so there is no set class schedule; Linda helps you learn about your own writing habits and offers analysis and comments.
| writing | USA |
Abri Creative Writing Holidays
based: Languedoc, France
Creative writing retreats, holidays and courses in the Cevennes mountains of the Languedoc region, offering a program of residential courses suitable for all abilities and in a variety of genres.
| writing | France |
The Arvon Foundation is a registered charity offering a programme of residential creative writing courses and poetry breaks taught by professional writers and poets.
| writing | poetry | UK |
Literary Consultancy (The)
based: London, UK
TLC Literary Adventures offer creative writing holidays and workshops in Spain, offering an environment where inspiration and improvisation meet, with access to world-class teaching, a chance to work, read, listen, learn and relax in a stunning setting.
| writing | poetry | Spain |
Word Travels (The)
based: Dorset, UK
Cultural and literary tours in Britain, Europe and beyond; inspiration for writing related travel, literary festivals and walks. Offering tailor-made tours with expert guiding services arranged to meet a group's particular literary interests.
| literary tours | writing | UK | Europe |
A not-for-profit organisation created by writers, for writers; running weekend writing breaks at the Fishguard Bay Hotel in West Wales and offering workshops in subjects like: poetry, short stories, contemporary romance and novel and travel writing.
| writing | poetry | Wales |
Choosing your writing retreat
This section lists operators and hotels offering residential multi-day creative writing courses, writers retreats and holidays. It lists vacations, short breaks, weekends, workshops and residential courses for writers and aspiring writers to learn or hone their craft, including: writing retreats, creative writing, character development, story structure, writing for children, copywriting, screenwriting, play writing and travel writing, etc.
When deciding on your writing retreat consider: whether you want an untutored or tutored retreat; if the location offers a relaxing writing room where you'll be able work in the company of other writers – and/or if your room offers a comfortable space to write in privacy; access to writing resources such as a library or good internet connection.