Hope Cove Writers’ Workshop Weekend

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Friday 22 March – Sunday 24 March 2019

Is this you?
  • New to writing?
  • Wanting to write short fiction stories for the women’s magazine market?
  • Just had a break from writing and needing a kickstart?
  • A non-fiction writer looking to move into fiction writing?
The Hope Cove Writers’ Workshop Weekend is designed for you

Patsy Collins and Anne Rainbow invite you to join them for 54 hours of writerly fun

  • You’ll leave on Sunday, more confident as a writer.
  • You’ll have a greater understanding of the writing / editing process.
  • You will have generated lots of ideas for future writing projects.
  • You will have made some new friends and had an enjoyable break away from your normal routine.

Patsy Collins

Patsy Collins (Guest Blog) | ScrivenerVirgin

Patsy Collins is known as ‘The Travelling Writer’ as she often works from a campervan wherever her stories are set.

A romantic novelist and short story writer, over 700 of Patsy’s stories have been accepted for publication, and have appeared in the many UK magazines: My Weekly, Bella, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special, Candis, Best, Yours, Take a Break’s Fiction Feast, Prima and Aquila. Patsy has also cracked the overseas market. Her stories have appeared in Australian magazines That’s Life! Fast Fiction, Yours, Take 5 and Woman’s Day, South Africa’s You, Allas in Sweden and Irish magazine Ireland’s Own.

Patsy hosts the WomagWriter’s blog and has published many collections of short stories.

Anne Rainbow


Anne Rainbow wears two hats: as ScrivenerVirgin, and as the RedPen Mentor.

Anne’s blog on www.scrivenervirgin.com encourages writers to use Scrivener, the sophisticated writing tool, which can take an author from blank page to self-published book. Her website is also the door to RedPen through which Anne offers online training for writers in self-editing, marketing and self-publishing.  For a few students at a time, this provides access to her RedPen Mentoring scheme.

Anne’s objective is always to help budding writers to learn how to edit their own words, and therefore to maximise their chances of having their stories and novels accepted for publication. And, she makes it sound fun!

What’s the plan for the Hope Cove Writers’ Workshop Weekend?

Three days of tuition: all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  • Writing, writing, writing!
  • Creating story ideas
  • Inventing characters
  • Creating realistic dialogue
  • Writing for a target reader
  • Writing to a word count
  • Editing the RedPen Way
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Marketing yourself and your writing

There will be lots of writing activities and plenty of opportunities to share your writing with others, to get feedback and to polish your words.

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.

Hope Cove view from balconyWhen?

10am Friday 22 March – 4pm Sunday 24 March

In March, it’s unlikely we’ll be having a cream tea on the balcony, but, just look at the view!


Training will take place in the Cove Room at the Cottage Hotel, Hope Cove, Devon TQ7 3HJ

This Cove room is ideal for small group work, but is up a short flight of stairs so access may be tricky for anyone with mobility problems. Check the Cottage Hotel’s policy on disability for more details.

What’s the cost for the Writers’ Weekend Workshop?

£225 per person

This price includes

  • all tuition – 15+ hours ‘in session’ with two tutors, Anne and Patsy – and group Q&A sessions
  • writing exercises and feedback sessions
  • on tap: light refreshments in the Cove Room on Friday/Saturday/Sunday
Is it a residential course?

Yes and no!

You don’t need to stay at the hotel. If you live locally, or prefer to organise your own accommodation, that’s not a problem. You can still attend the workshop sessions:

  • 10am – 5.30pm on Friday
  • 9.30am – 5.30pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am – 4pm on Sunday
Bonus sessions

If you are resident at the hotel, there are bonus breakfast sessions: we will be eating with you and available to answer individual questions

If you are resident at the hotel or choose to book for dinner, we will be eating with you and encouraging ‘people watching’, so useful when inventing characters

What’s the cost of the hotel accommodation?

At the Cottage Hotel, prices are approximately £70 per person per night (depending on your choice of room) – that’s a special Dinner, Bed and Breakfast rate for our writers.

  • If you are on your own, there’s no supplement on the smaller rooms, but there is a £10 supplement on the larger rooms.
  • If you are travelling from afar, you could book to stay on the Thursday evening, as well as Friday and Saturday, so that you are fresh for an early start on the Friday. And maybe stay on Sunday night too.
How should you book your accommodation?

Because we have negotiated a special reduced rate for this event, contact the Cottage Hotel, direct, by telephone on 01548 561555 and quote ‘WRITING RETREAT’.

We have reserved 12 rooms – first come, first served.

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. So, for everyone on the course (residents and non-residents), lunch is an optional extra.

Included in the price though, we’ll have refreshments – tea/coffee & biscuits – available in the Cove Room.

How to book your place on the writers’ workshop weekend

Places are limited. To book yours, email Anne at anne.rainbow@btinternet.com

You will then be sent details of how to pay for your place.

When do you need to pay?

A deposit of £100 will reserve your place for 30 days after which full payment is due within 7 days, or the workshop date, 22 March 2019, whichever is the sooner.

What if you need to cancel?

A full refund of monies paid is available, if a replacement can be found for your place, and would be paid after the workshop end date.

Any other questions?

Email Anne at anne.rainbow@btinternet.com