Hope Cove Writers’ Workshop Weekend

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Friday 9 March – Sunday 11 March 2018

Hope Cove beach

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 48 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.

Anne Rainbow

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Patsy Collins

What’s the plan?

Two days of tuition:

  • Writing, writing, writing!
  • Creating story ideas
  • Inventing characters
  • Creating realistic dialogue
  • Writing for a target reader
  • Writing to a word count
  • Editing
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Marketing yourself and your writing
Hope Cove view from balcony

4pm Friday 9 March – 4pm Sunday 11 March

Arrive 3-4pm, in time for tea, and a warm welcome.

In March, it’s unlikely we’ll be having our ‘meet and greet’ 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.

To ensure the best experience in the Cove room, we are limiting this workshop weekend to 20 writers. Places can be reserved by paying a deposit.

What’s the cost for the writers’ weekend workshop?

£120 per person

This price includes

  • all tuition – over 10 hours ‘in session’ with two tutors, Anne and Patsy – and group Q&A sessions
  • writing exercises and feedback sessions
  • the welcome tea/coffee on arrival
  • the lunches on Saturday and Sunday
  • on tap: tea/coffee/biscuits/fruit in the Cove Room on Friday/Saturday/Sunday

If you are resident at the hotel, there are bonus sessions:

  • Friday and Saturday: during dinner, we will be eating with you and encouraging ‘people watching’, so useful when inventing characters!
  • Friday and Saturday: after dinner, there will be additional sessions in the Cove room, providing the opportunity to write some more, and to share what’s been written, and to give and receive feedback
  • Saturday and Sunday: during breakfast, we will be eating with you and available to answer individual questions

There will be lots of writing activities and hand-outs. Bring with you notebooks and/or laptops and expect to spend the whole weekend writing, inspired by the fantastic views. Our first session together is at 4pm in the Cove Room, and you’ll start writing straight away.

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:

  • 4-5.30pm on Friday
  • 9.30am – 5.30pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am – 4pm on Sunday

However, if you wish to take part in the bonus sessions, you do need to book your accommodation at the Cottage Hotel.

What’s the cost of the hotel accommodation?

At the Cottage Hotel, prices range from £59 to £67 per person per night for double rooms – 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.
  • You could bring along a non-writing spouse/friend who could spend time gazing at the views or walking the coastal path, while you are in the workshop sessions. (Anne’s husband, Salcombe artist Stephen Thomas, and Patsy’s husband, freelance photographer Gary Davies, will be accompanying us.)
  • You might also consider making it a family weekend. The Cottage has some family rooms and offer special rates for children who share a room with parents.
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 just 10 rooms – first come, first served. There are more rooms available right now, but you may have to be quick to book as it’s Mothering Sunday that 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.

So, for everyone on the course (residents and non-residents), lunch will be ‘light’: a bowl of soup and a sandwich.

We’ll also have refreshments – tea/coffee & biscuits – available in the Cove Room.

How to book your place on the writers’ workshop weekend

Places are limited to 20. 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 £60 will reserve your place for 30 days after which full payment is due within 7 days, or the workshop date, 9 March 2018, 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