I am beyond excited to share my news with you, I am going to be the Blogger In Residence on the Stop The Clock event that Chasing Time Writing Retreats is holding. I will be there all weekend in Arbroath at Rosely Country House Hotel taking photographs and blogging about the exciting daily going on’s.
The retreat is run by three incredibly talented women.
The author of Beneath the Skin, a psychological thriller published by Polygon. The Bone Harp, a modern gothic tale with a mythical twist, is her second novel and will be out next Spring. Her poetry, inspired by the East Coast landscape, has been widely published in anthologies, including Seagate III (Dundee), and Furies (For Book’s Sake). She is the 2017 winner of the Dorothy Dunbar Trophy for Poetry, awarded by the Scottish Association of Writers. Sandra is Secretary of Angus Writers’ Circle and Writer-in-Residence at NTS Barry Mill, Angus, where she is currently researching mill-related folklore for a forthcoming non-fiction work. She has many years of experience in facilitating creative writing workshops in various settings, including the local community, Continuing Education, in schools and in healthcare. From Autumn 2017, Sandra will be teaching creative writing at the University of Dundee.
Sandra says: “Our retreats are going to be a voyage of discovery for our guests. I’m looking forward to helping them explore not only the glorious gothic landscape of Rosely, but their own imagination. Prepare to be inspired!”
An award-winning writer for children and young adults. Her first children’s novel, Pathfinder 13, won the 2016 T.C. Farries Trophy at the Scottish Association of Writers annual conference, and she has previously been shortlisted for The Greenhouse Funny Prize Award with one of her picture book texts. She has also written short stories which have been published in several magazines, such as the My Weekly Fiction Special. She is currently working on a young adult novel, Sixteen Again, which is a modern day Sleeping Beauty story with a Faustian twist. Elizabeth is Vice President of The Angus Writers’ Circle, as well as the club’s representative for the Scottish Association of Writers, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She also delivers creative writing workshops to pupils in her local primary school.
Elizabeth says: “Having been lucky enough to go on various writing retreats myself, I know how valuable it can be to escape the everyday routines and commitments you may have at home, and be able to concentrate solely on developing your writing. In Rosely Country House Hotel we have found the perfect place to host our retreats, with its uniquely atmospheric setting sure to provide writing motivation around every corner.”
A freelance journalist and author. She writes for a number of publications including The Scots Magazine, Daily Record, Gurgle.com, Scottish Field, MADE magazine, Scottish Wedding Directory, The Courier, No 1, Living Magazine and Scotland Now. Dawn writes dark fiction and has had a number of her short stories published in magazines such as Take A Break Fiction Feast. Her first novel, The Worry Dolls, led to her being represented by the Sophie Hicks Agency in London earlier this year. She is currently working on her second novel, Linger, which is a ghost story for young adults.
Dawn says: “I find Rosely House Hotel to be an incredibly inspirational setting. It’s unique gothic beauty helped sow the seeds of my first novel and I’m really looking forward to introducing fellow writers to the hotel, and providing them with the time and space they need to create.”
Stop The Clock Writing Retreat ~ 29th September ~ 1st October 2017
Immerse yourself in a weekend dedicated to your writing
This weekend retreat is all about creating time for you and your writing. Whether you’re new to your creative practice and need some help getting your writing off the ground or you’re stuck half way through a project – this retreat will provide you with the time and the tools that you need to get the words flowing.
Over supper and drinks in the bar, we’ll discuss your ongoing writing projects. Whether it’s an idea for a short story or a longer work-in-progress, we’ll chat about the obstacles that are preventing you from achieving your writing goals.
After breakfast, we’ll have a walk around Rosely Country House Hotel’s beautiful grounds to help stir our inspiration, before going into the main workshop:
What are you waiting for? Smoothing out the bumps on your writing road
The afternoon will be set aside for private writing time, and pre-arranged one-to-one sessions where you will receive feedback on your writing. Our evening meal will be followed by drinks in the bar and a chance to share your work around a roaring fire.
After a word exercise, to keep the inspiration flowing, we’ll go into the Sunday’s workshop, which is:
Making each word count: prioritising writing when life gets busy
After lunch, we will draw up a plan of action on how to keep the weekend’s momentum going and discuss how we are going to take our writing forward.
**SPACES ARE LIMITED**
Booking information: Two nights fully catered accommodation
Price for single occupancy: £275
Price based on sharing a twin room – £250
Deposit of £100 payable on booking
Balance payable no later than 11th of August 2017
Connect with Chasing Time Writer Retreats for more information or to book yourself that much need writing getaway. More retreats are available~
Massive thanks for the opportunity to be your blogger in residence, Chasing Time Writing retreats it is a true honour and I cannot wait to attend and share the experience with our followers.