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Online Creative Writing Retreat - bringing nature and inspiration into your home


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Let your writing breathe and flourish in our popular seasonal retreat designed to re-fuel and revitalise your imagination and creativity away from distraction. Our experienced tutors offer inspirational workshops in small classes (no more than eight), and will encourage and help you develop individual creativity whilst you sink back into the rural tranquillity and sweetness of Trill Farm.

Our creative writing retreat offers everything you need to immerse yourself in writing. The tutored morning sessions run from 9.30am-12.45pm and include readings, guided writing exercises and discussion, then the afternoons are your own to focus, reflect and write.

We will provide visual and audio recordings to provide inspiration from our woodland, wildlife, working farming community and the wild land. A one-to-one mentoring session will be offered with both tutors during the afternoons.

We welcome all levels of ability, and all genres of writer. Wherever you are standing on your writing path, we welcome you to enjoy our nurturing and supportive writing community and reconnect to the land, the self, and creativity. Residential and non-residential options are available (see our other course listings for details)

Course Tutor - Sarah Acton

Sarah Acton is the Jurassic Coast (UNESCO) World Heritage Site poet-in-residence, and is currently writer in residence at Portland Museum where she is creating a new performance piece entitled Heart of Stone. Sarah works with many local and national organisations to deliver poetry and creative writing walks and workshops, and is frequently commissioned by Dorset AONB to deliver indoor and outdoor events to connect people to nature.

Guest Tutor - Wyl Menmuir

Wyl is a novelist, editor and literary consultant based in Cornwall. His first novel, The Many, was nominated for the Man-Booker Prize and was an Observer Best Fiction of the Year pick. His short fiction has appeared in Best British Short Stories, Elementum Journal, Pipeline and has been published by Nightjar Press and National Trust. He has written for Radio 4’s Open Book, The Guardian and The Observer, and is a regular contributor to the journal Elementum.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Online-only participants (£350) will join all workshops and 1:1 sessions via video call, and be sent resource packs and Trill Farm goodie bags in advance.

There will be workshops each morning (9.30am - 12.45pm), with the afternoons free to write, walk, or take one-to-one mentoring sessions with the tutors.


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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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5 days (9:00am to 4:00pm)

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I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to all at Trill Farm for such a wonderful retreat.
It surpassed all of my expectations and I left feeling restored, stimulated and very creative!

The sense of community was wonderful and thanks to all of the team for making us so welcome, comfortable and well fed!

Trill Farm and living close so close to nature was truly special and really supported us to be more creative.
We definitely found kinship in the writing group which I am sure will live on.

Thanks again to all and I look forward to returning to Trill Farm in the not too distant future.

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