Friday, 16 March 2018

Retreat West newsletter

Here is the latest Retreat West newsletter:


As 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of suffrage, Retreat West Books is publishing a charity anthology in November to coincide with the 100 Years March that will follow the same route as the original suffrage march from the East End of London to Westminster.

I'm working with Rose McGinty, author of Electric Souk, to put the anthology together and we are now seeking submissions of flash fictions and short stories to include in it. A huge thank you to authors Anna Mazzola, Angela Clarke and Angela Readman who have already donated stories. All profits will go to support Hestia, a charity working in London to support people in times of crisis. I hope you'd like to be involved - you can get all of the information here.

Please join me in welcoming Kelly Rebecca and Phil Sobell to the Retreat West team They are now working with me as social media interns and will be running lots of free challenges, providing new prompts and creating lots of opportunities to get writing, win free books, free comp entries and more. Find out more about it all here. They have already launched a new Retreat West Instagram page and you can follow it here:

I'm very excited to have signed a new author to Retreat West Books and details of who and what will be coming very soon. The first signed author, Amanda Huggins, will be at the Northern Short Story Festival in Leeds on 2nd June where she'll be signing copies of her wonderful collection, Separated From the Sea, which is being published on 1st June. Hot off the press!

On 2nd May we will be holding a launch party for the cli-fi charity anthology, Nothing Is As It Was, at Great Expectations in Reading. All are welcome and some of the authors whose stories are in the book will be doing readings in the library where Charles Dickens used to read for audiences. Copies of the anthology will be on sale and all proceeds are being donated to the climate action charity, Earth Day Network. See info here and email to let us know if you'd like to come.

I'm delighted to now be working with The Writer's Workshop as a freelance editor. They were integral to my development as a new writer with their brilliant writing festivals in York and their online self-editing course, so it's a real honour for me to be joining their team. This means I'm no longer offering editing services directly through the Retreat West website, as there's only so much I can take on! So the focus at Retreat West is now the courses and competitions, as well as publishing stories through Retreat West Books.

The Creating Complex Characters Retreat, which is happening next month in Devon, was sold out but sadly one of the writers has had to cancel so her room is up for grabs again. We'll be doing in-depth character work using psychology, writing exercises and examples so that you know your characters inside out and your readers will never forget them. You'll also get an extract of your work reviewed in a 1-1 with me. Email me to nab that final room at a discounted rate.

Happy writing,
Amanda x

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Online course content, 1-1 mentoring and motivation all the way through to get you from idea to complete first draft in just 8 months. You also get a full novel review at the end.

The Screenwriting Retreat
18-22 June 2018, Devon

Learn how to write for the movies and TV. Novelist and screenwriter, CM Taylor, will be showing us how to create brand new work and how to adapt novels and short stories for the screen.
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Get a novel outline and plan in place and get to know your story, characters and world before you start writing the first draft. The content is the first 6 weeks of the 8 Month Novel Course and is designed for writers who prefer to do the planning then work alone at their own pace to get the first draft of their novel written.
Flash Fiction Retreat
12-16 Nov 2018

£595 early-bird until 14th June
For experienced flash fiction writers. Three workshops during the four days in which we will be working from prompts and themes to create three new flash fictions in each session to be published in a profit-share anthology with Retreat West Books.
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