The Mejo Writers Retreat is an annual event for writers who want uninterrupted time to focus on their craft in a peaceful and inspiring setting and receive support for their work from an award winning writer and teacher with 37 years of experience leading workshops.
October 12 - 20, 2023
Spaces fill quickly
This small group retreat is for writers who are either working on a project and could use the time without distractions to make significant progress on their piece, or for those who are just beginning and want some guidance through the process.
Writers of any type of work: fiction, non-fiction, travel writing, poetry, are welcome.
The workshop is lead by Timathea, who has over 37 years of experience teaching writing, editing, and running workshops. During this time she has helped hundreds of writers hone their craft, including many who have gone on to have their work published. Her expertise is in the elements of story telling as well as in writing strong prose, and she loves to share her knowledge with her students.
The goal is for each writer to make significant progress in their craft during the week from whatever level they started. Timathea works one-on-one with each writer to help them set their goals and sustain their progress during the week. She designs the evening talks and discussions based on the specific needs of the members of the group in real time.
Somerset, England, has an extraordinarily rich and varied literary heritage. Our group will be immersed in the same landscape and culture that inspired writers such as Jane Austen, T.S. Eliot, Worsdworth, Coleridge, Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, John Steinbeck, JRR Tolkein, Daniel Defoe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley, Wilkie Collins, Oscar Wilde, Fay Weldon, Terry Pratchett, and JK Rowling … just to name a few!
Our first night together will be at a four-star hotel in Bristol, just a train ride from Heathrow Airport via Paddington, and the perfect place to start our drive to the castle in the morning, via visits to Stonehenge and the Georgian City of Bath.
The remainder of our stay will be at a beautifully restored 240-year-old Gothic castle on the Somerset coast. This is a private castle, so there will be no other guests there with us and we are be able to move throughout the rooms to find the perfect writing spots to suit our moods. The facilities are luxurious and the grounds are gorgeous. It is the perfect setting to transport writers into their imagination.
Much of our time at during the week is devoted to independent writing. There are plenty of rooms in the castle to inspire quiet time to dive deep into the writing process: by the curved oak bookcase in the library, the glass domed orangery, on a comfortable sofa by a Victorian fireplace, on a bench in the 10 acres of private garden, by a window in the octagonal tower, even down in the wine cellar if one wants to channel their inner Poe.
Mornings are unscheduled so that writers can follow their own writing practice.
Freshly baked croissants, homemade granola, fruit, yogurt, and fresh coffee are available in the kitchen throughout the morning.
Lunch is available in the kitchen at noon for writers to eat when it works into their schedule.
Afternoon Tea is served between 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
Evenings begin with a delicious dinner prepared by a local chef and served in the formal dining room, after which the group meets in the library to discuss a specific topic. Participants also have the option to share their work and receive helpful feedback.
Topics of discussion are chosen by Timathea and geared toward specific challenges the participants are facing in their work so that all writers may benefit from them. Subjects may include how to get past writers block, balance reality with a writer’s life, create strong openings, develop character, create tension, use sensory details, strengthen story, use language to control pacing and emotion.
The workshop spans a total of eight days and eight nights.
1 night in Bristol
7 nights in Somerset at the castle
All lodging, meals, writing workshops, one-on-one consultation, tickets to Stonehenge and the classic sites of the Georgian City of Bath, return transportation to Heathrow.
What's Not Included:
Airfare, train from Heathrow to Bristol, drinks, travel insurance
The price is based on double occupancy, meaning you'll share your room and bathroom with another person.
If you'd like to have a room all to yourself there is an additional fee of $1,999.
If privacy is what you're after, know that the castle offers many sweet places to write on your own.
The bedrooms are primarily for counting sheep.
Book your flight so that you arrive into Heathrow Airport on Thursday, October 12 around noon.
(Travelers from the US should book flights that depart on October 11.)
Writers should arrive in Bristol (a 2.5 hour train ride from Heathrow airport) in time for an early dinner with the group at a local pub.
October is a cloudy month with moderate rain and bits of sunshine.
It's the perfect weather for writing!
The temperatures range between
58° / 49°
We'll leave the castle after breakfast and be driven directly to Heathrow airport. Book flights that depart no earlier than 4:00 pm on Friday, October 20.
(Due to the time change, travelers to the US will arrive home the same day.)
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