After a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, Writers' HQ is relaunching their famous procrastination-busting one-day writing retreats.
This August, WHQ retreats will return to Brighton, Birmingham and Edinburgh, to be followed soon by Cambridge, Manchester and Glasgow.
Pre-2020, Writers' HQ ran 16 retreats every month across 14 locations across the UK, helping hundreds of writers turn out thousands of words.
When the pandemic forced all events to shut in March 2020, WHQ moved their retreats online, and has now run well over 200 free online writing retreats via Zoom.
But now the writing community, which encourages members to "stop f***ing about and start writing", is finally returning to its roots with in-person events.
Writers' HQ one-day writing retreats were set up for writers who have neither time nor money to attend longer, more expensive residential events. Writers are encouraged to set a target for the day, turn off the internet, and write in sprints, gaining gold stars (surprisingly motivating for entirely adult writers!) along the way while being fed pastries and tea.
Writers' HQ co-founder Sarah Lewis says: "everyone adapted so quickly to online retreats and we've had such amazing successes but it's definitely time to start gathering again in person. It's where our community started and where we've made friends for life, so we can’t wait to see people in real life again."
Co-founder Jo Gatford says: "there's something really motivating about being in a room full of writers, all quietly tapping away at their work. The retreats are definitely not competitive in any way, but the environment seems to naturally bring out everyone's productive side. Maybe it's the bottomless caffeine and biscuits…?"
Attendees of Writers' HQ writers retreats include Sarah Smith, author of Hear No Evil (Shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize 2022), Elizabeth Haynes, who finished writing The Murder of Harriet Monckton at the Cambridge retreats, and Mallika Narayanan whose suspense novel No 5. Shore Drive is due for publication in 2023.
Brighton, Birmingham and Edinburgh events details here https://writershq.co.uk/creative-writing-retreats/
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