Write here. Write now.
The next chapter of your writing journey starts here. Write that story you’ve had inside you for ages. Pick up that project you set aside, or take the one you’ve been working on to the next stage.
Join us for a week of writing master classes in an inspirational setting and make your writing what you want it to be. Learn, craft, write. Create and find your voice. This retreat is an intensive creative experience for those who want to learn more about writing and how to improve on their work. Beginners and experienced writers are welcome.
The workshop is led by long time development editor and multi-published author Victoria Villasenor, and multi-published author and photographer, Nicci Robinson. Together, they’ll deliver a workshop each morning dedicated to a different element of craft, as well as immediate feedback on quick-writing sessions designed to get your creativity flowing. We’ll start looking at writing on a broad scale and by the end of the week, we’ll be discussing the next steps to take toward publishing. Breakfast, a gourmet light lunch, and a lovely evening meal are provided each day.
Throughout the week there’s one-to-one coaching and support available. And there’s a great outing planned too! We’ll head to the nearby restored castle and indulge in some local pub fare. Weather dependent, there may be a few other outings available as well!
Optional good stuff:
If you’re interested in photography, Nicci would be happy to provide tutorials during the week, or maybe see if you can catch a boat out to see the dolphins!* *cost extra
And, if your partner wants to come but isn’t a writer, they’re welcome to join you for a nominal supplement. There’s plenty for them to do—stroll down to the beach, visit local National Trust sites, see Cenarth Falls, or visit the local antiques shops. Or they can just relax and unwind with a good book! (Maybe even yours!)
Writers sharing a room with other writers will pay a discounted price—so bring a fellow scribe!
The Retreat Package includes:
- Daily workshops and critiques, plus handouts and writing packs
- One-to-one sessions offering personalized writing feedback
- Accommodation in a gorgeous individual room
- Three delicious vegetarian meals per day
- At least one outing to a local point of interest
- £625 Full board, shared ensuite rooms
- £710 Full board, single occupancy
- £445 Full board, campervan
- £385 non-residential, includes all meals
- £270 Non participant partners (B&B only)
- £385 Participating partners (B&B and evening meals)
Get inspired. Get writing.
Wales in July averages about 15C/60F, and there’s lovely countryside to enjoy the sunshine and a warm, cozy place to write when you’re indoors!
Over the Rainbow is located three miles from the Cardigan Bay coast. Its private location away from the hustle and bustle means you’ll probably need a car to get there, and if you’d like a simple daytime outing to one of the places mentioned below, having your own transport may be useful.
They are centrally based in the Cardigan Bay section of the 870 mile all Wales Coast Path. The Ceredigion coastline can easily be explored on foot or by bike. They’re only 7 miles from the Pembrokeshire Coast path, and now these two county coastlines form part of the world’s first national coastal path.
This is also a perfect base for visiting the recently restored Cardigan Castle or the National Trust Llanerchaeron estate at the colourful seaside town of Aberaeron; Devil’s Bridge; Cenarth Falls, the Welsh Wildlife Centre at Cilgerran, or the many public gardens, farmers markets, antique shops, galleries and craft centres in this peaceful coastal county.
So although you’ll be spending lots of time writing, there’s also a wealth of things around the resort to inspire you!
I attended Victoria’s writing workshop after my first novel was published. I was more than halfway into my second novel, but was struggling with structure. After the workshop I completely reworked the manuscript based on what I’d learned. The novel, The Time Before Now, ended up being one of The Lesbian Reviews top 10 books of 2016. Victoria’s seminar helped my gain a sharper understanding of the infrastructure required for crafting a strong story. I highly recommend it. ~Missouri Vaun
Loved my feedback session! I’m always wanting feedback, good or bad, as I feel it the most helpful part of a course. Victoria and Nicci are a well of information. ~Morven
Vic and Nic’s teaching approach suits the way I learn. Non-threatening, sensitive to individuals within the group and professional. Would recommend and repeat this and similar courses. ~Wendy
The #1 thing was the quality of the teaching. The teaching was extremely skilful. ~Jan
Their teaching approach was very warm and open. I always felt comfortable sharing ideas and reading work, which isn’t always the case in a writing group. The course felt flexible, so that if another topic arises, more time can be spent on it. Would definitely recommend the course and would love to continue to learn more from Victoria and Nicci. The course has been a great help. ~Natalie