Retreats

Women’s Writing Retreat at Trevessa

The space to write

Do you ever wish you had the time to relax and recharge your creativity?

Some thinking space to start writing that book? Or just a little haven and place to retreat to and think? The chance to pause your whirring mind and get pen to paper?

Join us for our Women’s Writing Retreat and let Trevessa envelop you in a warm and comforting environment, free from distraction and surrounded by beautiful countryside. With delicious food, sumptuous surroundings and in a supportive and inspiring space.

The Retreat

  • Three nights accommodation at Trevessa Farmhouse from 18 – 21 September
  • A special session for all writers on navigating self-doubt with Dr Georgina Green
  • Peace and quiet to focus on your craft
  • Beautiful surroundings
  • Inspiring writing places (private or shared)
  • A supportive and nurturing environment
  • A safe space to share your work (if you want to)
  • Comfy spaces to relax and unwind after writing
  • An afternoon tea
  • An evening candle-lit feast
  • Delicious food, drink and snacks
  • Optional activities, artist dates recommendations and access to books and prompts

There will be a range of optional activities that you can take part in should you wish, including fireside feedback sessions, artist dates recommendations, access to a wealth of books and prompts. As well as the option of booking a one to one session with Georgina Green.

The Accommodation

There are four cosy bedrooms to choose from with two options with their own private bathrooms (one ensuite shower and one full bathroom) and two bedrooms with a shared bathroom. Throughout the rest of the house there is a whole host of spaces to write, including a beautiful well room, a secret study, a beautifully grand ‘feast’ room and a smaller bright and airy dining space. There are two comfy lounges both with cosy woodburners as well as a large garden.

The Hosts

Hosting the retreat will be Lucy Beckley and Katie Whittington.

Lucy Beckley is a writer, wanderer and wonderer. She’s worked in a range of roles in marketing and communications in the UK, Germany and Portugal and has a Masters in European Cultures. Her writing and poetry has appeared in a range of independent magazines and books. She is currently working on a novel and her first collection of poetry.

Katie Whittington is a writer, mother and freelance social media manager. She is working on a narrative non-fiction book about home, belonging and her experience of adoptive motherhood. She is also completing an MA in professional writing at Falmouth University.

Special guest 

We are over the moon that Dr Georgina Green (George) will be joining us, offering a session to all writers and there will also be the opportunity for a one to one with her.

She works with emerging and unpublished fiction writers as a coach and developmental editor. She enjoys subtle points of craft and theories of story as much as any fiction editor, but she also knows that when it comes to writing, technique is only part of the story.

As part of the retreat George will host a workshop on navigating self-doubt as a writer and setting intentions for your time there, so you can feel nourished and supported.

If you take the chance for a one to one, you could use the time to get help with your plot, to dig into a point of craft or a character’s motivation, or to untangle something that has been holding you back in your writing life. The cost of the one to one will be at a special rate of £70 for a 90 minute session.

Scholarship for an underrepresented writer

As part of the retreat, we will be offering one heavily subsidised place to one underrepresented writer who would otherwise not be able to afford the retreat. 

This place will be offered to one female (cis or trans) writer from a community underrepresented or marginalised in the publishing industry. This includes writers from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and LGBTQ+ communities, writers with disabilities or who are neurodiverse and socio-economically marginalised writers who are over the age of 18 and who reside in the UK. 

How to apply

​Please send us an email to hello@trevessafarm.co.uk with your contact details (name, email and address) and outline which eligibility criteria you fulfil and which pronouns you prefer. 

In a separate word or PDF document, which DOES NOT include your name, entitled Scholarship for an underrepresented writer please outline the following:

Please describe your writing journey so far (100-150 words) 

Please describe how you feel you could benefit from the retreat (100-150 words)

Deadline

All entries to the Scholarship must be sent by 5th July 2021.

Cost

The cost for this place will be £50 and the room will be one of the double bedrooms with a shared bathroom. The place offered will also include a 121 session with Dr Georgina Green.

The writer will need to fund travel to and from the retreat and the full terms and conditions will apply.  

​Selection Process

The selection process will be blind and based on your answers to the questions.
All entries to the Scholarship must be sent by 5th July 2021 and any entries that include your name on the document will not be considered. 

The scholarship is open to female (cis and trans) writers from an underrepresented community as outlined above over the age of 18, who fulfil the eligibility criteria and who reside in the UK and will be available to attend the retreat from 18-21 September 2021. There is no cash alternative to the scholarship and it is non-transferable.
The recipient of the scholarship will be contacted by email by 31st July 2021.

Pricing

  • The Annexe which is separate from the other bedrooms and has a kingsize bed and private writing area overlooking the gardens as well as access to a full bathroom £555
  • The pink room with ensuite shower and toilet and superking bed £495
  • The yellow room with double bed and shared bathroom £425 (Scholarship place)
  • The grey room with double bed and shared bathroom £425

To book a deposit of £50 will be required, the full balance will be due six (6) weeks prior to the start of the retreat. If you wish to spread the cost, you can do so by paying in two (2) installments, the first installment will be due two weeks (2) after booking and the balance will be due six (6) weeks prior to the start of the retreat.

You will need to cover the cost of travel to and from the retreat and we recommend that you take out travel insurance.

All accomodation, food, soft drinks and materials are included (if you wish to drink alcohol its BYO). The one to ones with Georgina Green are at an additional cost of £70 per 90min session.

Before you book, please read the terms and conditions

Ready to book? Choose your room.

These links will take you to Lucy Beckley’s personal website where you can book your place.