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How you spend your time is up to you.
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.
Writing, writing, writing!
You arrive on Thursday 17 November. Your room should be ready by 3pm. There will be a welcoming cream tea in the Lounge at 4pm. It’s unlikely we’ll be taking tea on the balcony, but look at the view!
Thursday evening is a time to relax and meet fellow writers. We meet at 6.30pm in the bar, and go into dinner at 7pm.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there will be two ‘together sessions’ led by me, Anne Rainbow.
These sessions are optional. We will 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.
… and may stray into other topics, eg routes into publishing, according to individual requests and how the session develops.
These sessions are also optional and are dedicated to those 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 encourage those who maybe lack confidence and to help each writer to overcome any issues and to make great progress.
‘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.
There will be opportunities between these ‘together sessions’ to relax, write, meet and get to know each other. Plus meal times:
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.
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.
£300 per writer; £125 for a non-writer accompanying a writer
This price includes
For writers only, there is the writerly time:
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. Cost: £40 per session. Follow-up one-on-one sessions may also be arranged via the RedPen Mentoring programme.
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 Sarah Ireland at the Cottage Hotel to reserve a number of rooms for our group. Please book your room as soon as possible as demand for accommodation is high. 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
At the Cottage Hotel, the price would usually be as per the ‘3-6 nights’ in Winter Tariff 2022/2023. However, we have negotiated a special Dinner, Bed and Breakfast rate for our writers – at the ‘7 nights’ rate; just quote ‘RAINBOW WRITERS RETREAT’ for a discounted price.
I will be staying in one of the sea-view rooms and would recommend you also choose a sea view room.
Contact the Cottage Hotel, direct, by telephone on 01548 561555. When booking your room, quote ‘RAINBOW WRITING RETREAT WEEKEND’.
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 2.30pm. So, there is plenty of time to explore local options – or eat in the hotel bar/restaurant.
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 desserts made by the hotel’s pastry chef, 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!
Places are limited to 12 writers plus any non-writers accompanying them. To book your place, email me at email@example.com
A deposit of £100 will reserve your place. (£50 deposit for non-writers) Full payment is required by 3 October 2022.
I will send details of how to pay when I confirm your booking.
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.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org