Has your writing momentum slowed or stalled? Are you finding it difficult to find dedicated writing time? Could you benefit from a weekend focusing on your writing, in a comfortable environment with beautiful nature nearby and a lot of delicious food? You’re in the right place.
Our venue for the weekend is the beautiful Thirkelow Cottages and Studio, located just outside of Buxton, within the Peak District National Park.
While the purpose-built luxury cottage is within easy reach of nearby Buxton, it’s surrounded by gorgeous countryside, making it the perfect balance between being close to civilisation while feeling wonderfully wild, isolated and far from distractions.
You are welcome to arrive from 4pm on Thursday 12th November, with evening meal and activities starting from 6pm. We will be ending by 4pm on Sunday 15th.
What To Expect
Time, Space & Support to Write
The purpose of these retreats is to give you time and space to work on your writing; as such, you’ll be expected to bring any materials you need and manage your own time, though we will have optional daily sessions for goal-setting, accountability and to spark your creativity if you get stuck. There will also be evening sessions where you’ll have the option of sharing your writing or more about what you’re exploring and receiving feedback, advice and support from your peers. Communal space to write will be provided – both in Thirkelow’s purpose-built workshop studio and in the cottage’s lounge areas – and residential attendees will have the option of using their rooms to write too.
We have solo and twin rooms available, all of which are quiet, clean and comfortable; perfect for both writing and inspirational naps. There is fast wi-fi throughout the cottage and studio. And there are plenty of cosy communal areas for lounging and writing, along with getting ideas, support or some temporary space from your project and getting re-energised by your peers and plenty of tea and biscuits.
Beautiful Nearby Nature
There is glorious nature galore on the cottage’s doorstep, perfect for walking, running or just contemplating your writing while sitting outside with a brew. So whether you find your best ideas come from communing with nature or just observing it from indoors while wrapped in a blanket, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve worked with an award-winning local caterer to bring you delicious homemade meals made from fresh, local produce (along with cake, fruit and other treats) to keep your creativity fueled. We’ll accommodate all dietary requirements as best we can and will ask you about these when you book.
The cupboards will be well-stocked with snacks you can help yourself to at any point, and there’s no expectation for you to participate in any cooking or cleaning up, meaning you can focus entirely on yourself and your creative work for the entire weekend.
Packages + Prices
We have 4-8 residential places available. The fee is £299 for shared use of a twin room. If you wish, you have the option to pay a £100 upgrade fee for solo use of a deluxe double room, but this is subject to availability so please contact us to discuss beforehand if it’s a dealbreaker for you. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and are quiet, clean and comfortable.
All residential packages include: three nights accommodation; three full days of writing time; optional goal-setting and accountability sessions; optional half-hour one-to-one; optional evening sharing sessions; all meals (dinner on Thursday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday; and breakfast and lunch on Sunday), along with plenty of drinks and snacks to keep you going.
Have commitments that prevent you from staying away overnight? You can join us for as little or as much as the weekend as you’re able without staying over. Our non-residential passes include drinks, snacks and lunch each day, plus an optional half-hour one-to-one if required. Arrive from 10am each day, leaving by 5pm (4pm Sunday). One-day passes are £35. Weekend passes are £99.
Still got questions? Get in touch.
Host + Facilitator
Jane Claire Bradley
Jane Claire Bradley is a writer, performer, educator and therapist. She is the founder and director of For Books’ Sake, delivers creative writing, storytelling and performance workshops across the North West and beyond, and is the Manchester host of That’s What She* Said, our monthly spoken word night championing women and non-binary writers. Jane has been longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition and the Lucy Cavendish Prize for Fiction, and is the most recent winner of the Northern Debut Award by New Writing North.