Now that I have launched Retreat West Books I have
had a significant number of submissions already, so I've had
to have a rethink about how I do things at Retreat West. This
means that the free mentoring programme that I've been running
for the past two years has morphed into the new Free Read Programme instead. So
instead of offering free mentoring for six months to four writers
a year I am now offering a free MS review and feedback report to
two writers a year. The first deadline to apply for this by is
25th February 2018.
The 6 month mentoring programme
was open to unlimited numbers but will now be limited to six
writers a year. I have two writers booked on already so there are
just four places left to work with me through this next year. I
do also offer free mentoring through the WoMentoring Project and
you can get info on that here.
There are two deadlines fast approaching: the final flash comp
for 2017 which has a 31st December deadline for white-themed
stories. Cash prizes totalling £200 for the winner and two
runners-up and stories published on the website. Enter here.
Then at the end of January the First Chapter Competition
closes, with the entire shortlist getting short feedback on their
novel openings from literary agent, Diana Beaumont, and the
winner getting detailed feedback on their first 3 chapters,
synopsis and covering letter. You can read the interview with her here
about what impresses her when submissions land on her desk.
Finally, Sophie has been busy on the blog with two fascinating
indie debut interviews with Sarah Stovell and Helen Matthews, and
a piece on how you can write a novel in a month not just in
November. Read them all here.
The 8 Month
Novel Course Get help
all the way
The 8 Month Novel course is now open for bookings for next year.
There are just 6 spaces available to start in 2018. You get online
course content, 1-1 mentoring, help, advice and motivation all the
way through to get you from idea to short first draft in just 8
months. You also get a full novel review at the end to go away and
start the second draft with. ONLY 3
PLACES LEFT FOR 2018.
Complex Characters Retreat 12-16
March 2018, Devon This 4-night retreat will feature 3 x 3-hour workshops
focusing on creating the kinds of characters that make novels
stand out from the crowd, plus an hour's 1-1 looking at a piece of
work submitted in advance. There's also free time to write and
enjoy the lovely Devon countryside. 3 ROOMS SOLD 3 ROOMS
Screenwriting Retreat 18-22
June 2018, Devon
This 4-night retreat will feature 3 x 3-hour screenwriting
workshops with C M Taylor. Learn how to write for the big and small
screens both with original ideas and adapting novels and short
stories. You get your own room, all food and drink, and plenty of time
to write, read, walk and relax as well as learn. 4 ROOMS
SOLD 2 ROOMS