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Midwinter Writing Retreat
with Jay Griffiths

17/01/2020 @ 17:30 19/01/2020 @ 15:00

This restorative creative writing retreat will help breathe new life into your writing and develop your ability to express yourself through the written word. Escape to Boldshaves for a midwinter weekend of creativity, delicious home-cooked meals, log fires and companionship.

Led by Jay Griffiths, the acclaimed author of Kith and Wild and one of the most original writers in the UK, this unique course will offer a series of workshops, one-to-one tutorials and convivial gatherings in the inspiring surroundings of Boldshaves Garden that seeks to address the sense of crisis that we are in, as far as the living world is concerned, and indeed as far as we humans are concerned.  It will look to impart a sense of writing at the edge of time, how much it matters, how important it is to engage in the world through words, now more than ever.

Suitable for all levels.

Course fee: from £190 to £325 per person.

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At a glance

Friday: Arrive late afternoon or early evening, take time to settle in at Boldshaves, dinner and introduction to the weekend ahead.

Saturday: Morning workshops as a group. Lunch. Afternoon of reading, writing and taking part in one-to-one tutorials. Evening meal with readings from and discussions about Jay’s own work.

Sunday: Morning workshops as a group. Lunch and opportunity to share your own work. Farewells.

The Tutor

Jay Griffiths is the author of Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression, Wild: An Elemental Journey; Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time; A Love Letter from a Stray Moon and Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape. She won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award for the best new non-fiction writer in the USA, and the Orion Book Award. She has also been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and a World Book Day award. According to Philip Pullman: “Her work isn’t just good–it’s necessary.”

Accommodation & Meals

Boldshaves, home of Wealden Literary Festival, is a haven of tranquility and creativity set in the stunning surroundings of the Kent countryside. Double and shared twin bedrooms are available, each room with a great view over the garden, surrounded by its ancient woodland and the Weald beyond, or in a delightful cottage separate from the main house.

Visit for more information on the accommodation available at Boldshaves and details of the gardens.

Each meal will be a celebration of local sustainable produce. Wholesome home-cooking and hospitality at its finest. A selection of teas, coffees, cakes and other refreshments are available throughout the weekend.

Payment & Cancellation

We do accept payment in monthly installments on request. Contact us on [email protected] to discuss a payment plan.

If you cancel before the event, we will give a full refund in the event that we are able to re-sell your space. In the unlikely event that the writing retreat is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of monies paid.