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Creative Writing

Whether you’re an experienced writer looking for some time and space to write, or an aspiring writer looking for guidance, a creative writing holiday is for you. In the wonderful surroundings of Gartmore House, the beautiful space in which we’ll be writing together, as well as cozy writing nooks, you won’t fail to be inspired.
With nearly twenty years of supporting writers, our tutor Laura specialises in facilitating relaxed, fun and engaging workshops for writers from all backgrounds and experiences.

You’ll learn about different aspects of writing and will have the opportunity to share your work and receive feedback. Each day you’ll have time to write independently at your own leisure, with Laura on hand to answer any questions and help you focus.

We will cover a number of topics over each week. Laura will tailor these to suit your experience and interests. You are very welcome to bring your own project as the focus of your writing for the week, or come ready to spark off completely new ideas.

Our writing holidays will boost your confidence and support you in finding the best way to establish a regular writing practice. You’ll learn how to defeat procrastination and through lively, light-hearted writing sessions, you’ll find yourself achieving more than you ever expected you could!

You’ll have the opportunity to receive one-to-one coaching with Laura while you’re here and will receive signed copies of Laura’s books Wellspring and Magpie Mind: Live an Inspired Life.

Dates 2022

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

January 16th to 21st 2022 – A Novel Writing Experience
May 1st to 6th 2022 – New Horizons
July 17th to 22nd 2022 – A Novel Writing Experience

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 3 months prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 3 months of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

Laura will tailor the workshops to your needs and interests in order to ignite your imagination and empower you to reach your writing potential. You’ll find yourself experimenting with aspects of writing you’ve never tried before. You will have the chance to contact Laura ahead of your retreat to make any requests.

A Novel Writing Experience – Sunday 16th to Friday 21st January 2022, and Sunday 17th to Friday 22nd July 2022
Over the course of the week, Laura will guide you through your own Hero’s Journey. You are welcome to bring a novel that’s already in progress, or come ready to begin afresh. Topics we will cover include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Idea generation – bring a novel idea with you or come up with one on the retreat.
  • Publishing: explore different routes to publication
  • Planner or Pantser – to outline or not?
  • Opening and closing scenes – start with a pow and end with a wow.
  • Show, Don’t Tell – evoking your characters and settings
  • Narration: 1st, 2nd or 3rd person
  • Editing
  • Genre

New Horizons – Sunday 1st to Friday 6th May 2022 
Laura will take you on new adventures.  You’ll head out after new horizons with a series of fun, relaxed workshops.If you’re feeling a dearth of creative energy, or you’re just not sure where to begin, join us on this retreat to revitalise your writing with an injection of fresh energy.  This course works well both as an introduction to creative writing, and as a rejuvenator for writers in a rut.The week will provide a balance of activities designed to:

  • Identify your writing blocks
  • Explore strategies to overcome them
  • Defeat procrastination
  • Boost imagination
  • Inspire your writing
  • Widen your experience

Sunday
Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Friday
Check out by 10am

What’s Included
  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Laura Fyfe
  • All materials required for the course
  • Full board catering
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.
  • We ask all participants to please bring a laptop/tablet for use throughout the week.

    All attendees of the creative writing courses will receive a notebook and writing implements. You will also receive a copy of Laura’s books: Wellspring, and Magpie Mind: Live an Inspired Life. You are most welcome to bring along your favourite pens, pencils and notebooks if desired. 

    Tutor Laura Fyfe

    Laura T Fyfe is an award-winning writer with short stories, non-fiction and poetry published in literary magazines internationally, including Northwords Now and Butcher’s Dog. Laura has nearly twenty years experience in motivating writers, as well as a M.Ed in Educational Enquiry and an M.Litt in Creative Writing under her belt.

    She travels Scotland to facilitate writing workshops and adjudicate writing competitions and is a prominent voice in Scotland’s writing community, serving on the board of the Scottish Writers’ Centre and the Scottish Poetry Library. Laura publishes books under her imprint, Figment Books and has published a book as an app as well, ChildsPlay app. She predominantly writes poetry and novels and loves experimenting with new ideas and techniques. Laura is an expert in boosting writers’ confidence, as reflected in her books and audiobooks Wellspring and Magpie Mind which focus on defeating procrastination and increasing creativity.

    Find out more about Laura and her work on FigmentCreativity and FigmentPublishing 

    Reviews

    • ”I didn’t know what to expect… but really enjoyed it! The creative stimulants were excellent, also the creative challenges.” – Evening workshop on defeating procrastination and increasing creativity.
    • ”I enjoyed the opportunity to write, rather than just learn about writing. Lovely tutor, friendly participants – more of the same please.” – Afternoon procrastination and inspiration workshop.
    • ”What worked for me today were the spurts of creative writing interspersed with nuggets and tips on building good writing habits. Laura creates a very warm and relaxed environment which is a very important part of the creative process. Thank you!” – Inspiration Igniter Workshop.
    • ”I wasn’t sure what I was expecting before I came along but my expectations have definitely been met – I’m really enjoying it! I like the variety so far. I love it!” – Weekly course of workshops.

    Please note: The above reviews come from past workshops and courses run by the tutor out with Gartmore House.

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