Hope Cove Writers’ Retreat Weekend

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Thursday 18 November – Sunday 21 November 2021

Is this you?
  • Needing time away from everyday life, to make progress on a writing project?
  • Keen to notch up 50,000 words for your NaNo novel in November – and know that being with other writers will push you to achieve your goal?
  • Looking for good company, fellow writers, to help you to find your muse?
  • Excited by the prospect of a few days of unadulterated writing?
The Hope Cove Writers’ Retreat Weekend is designed for you

I invite you to join me, Anne Rainbow, for 72 hours of writerly escapism.

How you spend your time is up to you.

  • Writing and writing and writing, in beautiful surroundings
  • Discussing the writing process, and gaining a greater understanding of how other writers write
  • Sharing your writing and listening to that of others, and giving and receiving helpful feedback
  • Meeting new writers and forging friendship that can help your writing progress

There’s time for you to explore the Hope Cove area, walking the cliff path, or across the beach. And, you’ll leave on Sunday afternoon, refreshed and ready to return to the real world.

What’s the plan for the Hope Cove Writers’ Retreat?

Hope Cove view from balcony

Writing, writing, writing!

You arrive on Thursday 18 November. Your room should be ready by 3pm. There will be a welcoming cream tea in the Cove Room at 4pm. It’s unlikely we’ll be taking tea on the balcony, but look at the view!

We then meet again at 6.30pm in the bar, and go into dinner at 7pm.

Thursday evening is a time to relax and meet fellow writers.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there will be two ‘together sessions’ led by me, Anne Rainbow.

Morning session: 10.30am – 12.30pm … It’s all about writing

These sessions are optional. Each morning session will be a time to talk through writing issues: general or specific to your own writing. The discussion – and how the time might be split – will be decided the evening before, based on the needs of those who plan to attend. A session could include any/all of these ‘standard’ writing topics.

  • Creating story ideas
  • Inventing 3D characters
  • Writing realistic dialogue
  • Plotting
  • Show versus tell
  • Story structure

… and may stray into other topics according to individual requests and how the session develops.

Afternoon session: 3-5pm … Read and review

These sessions are also optional and will suit anyone who would like feedback on their writing. The writer will read aloud (or nominate someone else to read for them) an extract of their work. Those present will then give feedback. The aim will be to help each writer to overcome any issues and make great progress. We will also want to encourage those who maybe lack confidence!

Where will the ‘together sessions’ take place?

‘Together sessions’ will take place mostly in the Cove Room which is our base, but we also have the option to sit in one of the pods (dry and warm and with lovely views) … or we may go for a walk, or … lots of choice.

Some locations with the hotel, eg the Cove Room and the pods, may be tricky for anyone with mobility problems. Check the Cottage Hotel’s policy on disability for more details. I will do my best to accommodate the needs of those attending.

Outside of these ‘together sessions’?

There will be opportunities between these ‘together sessions’ to relax, write, meet and get to know each other. Plus meal times:

  • Breakfast – you may eat alone, or with others of your choosing, or join me: 8.30-9.30am.
  • Dinner – you are invited to meet each evening, in the bar at 6.30pm and, if you wish, to eat together at 7-9pm.
  • At 9pm or soon after, coffee is taken in the lounge and the rest of the evening can be spent discussing anything and everything.

Bring with you notebooks and/or laptops and expect to spend the whole weekend in the company of other writers, inspired by the fantastic views.

Where is the Writers’ Retreat?

The address of the Cottage Hotel is Hope Cove, Devon TQ7 3HJ.

The nearest train station is Totnes. There is a bus service from Totnes to Kingsbridge, and we can easily transport you (free of charge) from Kingsbridge to the Cottage Hotel. If you need picking up from Totnes, taxis can be expensive – but, let me know; we will try to co-ordinate arrival/leaving times so that you can be transported by car at minimal cost.

What’s the cost for attending the Writers’ Retreat?

£275 per writer

This price includes

  • Welcoming cream tea
  • 12 hours ‘together sessions’ with Anne (10.30am – 12.30pm and 3-5pm, Friday/Saturday/Sunday)
  • Group time together at morning social gatherings over breakfast (8.30-9.30am)
  • A pre dinner drink in the bar and wine at the dinner table
  • Group time together during evening social gatherings over dinner (6.30-10.30pm)

You are welcome to bring along a non-writing friend / partner. The cost for non-writers is £100 per person.

This price includes

  • Welcoming cream tea
  • Group time together at morning social gatherings over breakfast (8.30-9.30am)
  • A pre dinner drink in the bar and wine at the dinner table
  • Group time together during evening social gatherings over dinner (6.30-10.30pm)
One-on-one sessions

If you wish to have additional one-on-one time with me, a limited number of 40-minute sessions will be available during the weekend. Pre-booking and pre-payment will be required and costs £40 per session. Follow-up one-on-one sessions may also be arranged via the RedPen Mentoring programme.

Is it a residential course?

Yes and no!

You don’t need to stay at the Cottage Hotel. If you live locally, or prefer to organise your own accommodation, that’s not a problem. You can still attend the welcome cream tea on the Thursday, and the ‘together sessions’ on Friday,  Saturday and Sunday.

You may also book with the hotel to have dinner with the group (6.30 for 7pm) on any of the evenings and enjoy leisure time with the group who are residents.

I have asked Sara to reserve a number of rooms for our group. Please book your room as soon as possible as – after the lockdown – demand for rooms is higher than it might have been for this time of year.

What rooms are available?

The hotel has set aside 12 rooms for us – first come, first served.

  • Deluxe Balcony Room, with Bath (and Shower over), overlooking the cove
  • Balcony Room, with Shower en-suite, overlooking the cove
  • 2 x Balcony Room (with 4ft 6in bed), with Bath (and Shower over), overlooking the cove
  • 2 x Standard Room, with Bath (Shower over), overlooking the cove (no balcony)
  • 2 x Small Standard Room (with 5ft. Bed), small Shower, overlooking the cove (no balcony)
  • 4 x Small Back-Facing Room, with en-suite Shower

Full information about the Cottage Hotel, and more photos, can be seen on their website: https://www.hopecove.com

Check also the website for the hotel’s policy on bookings and cancellations: https://www.hopecove.com/public/miscellaneous/terms-and-conditions

What’s the cost of the hotel accommodation?

At the Cottage Hotel, the price would usually be as per the ‘3-6 nights’ in Winter Tariff 2021/2022 (yet to be published). Shown below are the rates for 2020/21; this image will be replaced with up-to-date information when that becomes available (September 2021). We also hope to negotiate a special Dinner, Bed and Breakfast rate for our writers – at the ‘7 nights’ rate – and, once this is confirmed,  just quote ‘RAINBOW WRITERS RETREAT’ for a discounted price.

I will be staying in one of the balcony rooms and would recommend you choose a sea view room.

  • If you are on your own, there’s no supplement on the smaller rooms, but there is a small supplement on the larger rooms.
  • If you are travelling from afar, you could book to stay on the Wednesday/Sunday nights too.
How should you book your accommodation?

The hotel is closed until 17 May and there are no staff to answer phones yet! Sara expects the first week to be very busy, so please email your requirements (and copy in to me anne.rainbow@btinternet.com) any time up to 25 May.

After 25 May, I recommend you contact the Cottage Hotel, direct, by telephone on 01548 561555.

Because we aim to negotiate a special reduced rate for this event, quote ‘RAINBOW WRITING RETREAT WEEKEND’.

Refreshments – health warning!

Hope Cove dining room

The Cottage Hotel is renowned for its amazing views – but also for their meals.

For residents of the hotel, breakfast is ‘full English’ and dinner is 5-course, plus coffee.

Previous attendees know how easy it is to over-indulge, so, for everyone on the course (residents and non-residents), lunch is an optional extra.

You will have a long ‘lunch break’ from 12.30pm until 3pm. So, there is plenty of time to explore local options – or eat in the hotel bar/restaurant.

Dress code

The evening dinner dress code is smart casual. Otherwise, be comfortable.

By Sunday, depending on how much you were tempted by the Cottage’s famous dessert trolley, you might be grateful for loose-fitting clothes …

If you plan to explore the cliff paths (stunning views and a good work-out), bring walking boots and suitable outdoor clothing. We might be lucky with the weather; we might not!

How to book your place on the Hope Cove Writers’ Retreat

Places are limited to 12 writers plus any non-writers accompanying them. To book your place, email me at anne.rainbow@btinternet.com

When do you need to pay?

A deposit of £100 will reserve your place. (£50 deposit for non-writers) Full payment is required by 1 October 2021.

I will send details of how to pay when I confirm your booking.

What if you need to cancel?

If a replacement can be found for your place, a full refund of monies paid is available, and would be paid after the weekend retreat.

Any other questions?

Email me at anne.rainbow@btinternet.com