Writing Retreat with Ruth Brandt

Special week-long writing retreat with RUTH BRANDT - more than 4 places available

Next Dates:  9th - 16th May 2020

A creative writing retreat led by Ruth which will include taught sessions covering the art and craft of writing, discussions of course attendees’ particular interests, free time for working on your own writing projects or to develop pieces of writing started in class, workshop time to get feedback from the tutor and other class members and one-to-one sessions.

Course Details

This course will look at aspects of fiction writing - including characters, dialogue, setting and story structure - common to all forms of fiction writing. Whether you are already working on a project, want to start something new, or simply want to try writing for the first time, you will receive guidance and feedback in a supportive, constructive workshop atmosphere. You will have plenty of time to write while enjoying the delights of an Italian early summer.

About Ruth

Ruth was born and raised in Bristol before studying Mathematics and Physics BSc at London University. She then discovered her passion for writing and gained Distinction in the MFA in Creative Writing at Kingston University where she was awarded the MFA Creative Writing Prize. She won the Eyelands Book Award 2019 for an Unpublished Short Story Collection, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2016 and Write Well Award 2016, and is currently nominated for the Best Small Fictions Award 2019. Her short stories and flash fiction have been widely published in anthologies and magazines, including the Bridport Prize 2018, Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, Into the Void, Neon, Litro and The London Reader. She has had a play performed at Theatre 503 and poetry published in the Irish Literary Review and Bunbury Magazine.

Ruth is a Professional Member of the National Associate of Writers in Education, teaches at Surrey Adult Learning and West Dean College, and is Writer in Residence at the Surrey Wildlife Trust

Prices start from €1,395 per person which includes the following:

  • All tuition fees
  • 7 night luxury accommodation
  • Local transportation including transfers to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop)*
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and evening meals and house wine with meals
  • Unlimited use of studio
  • "Taste of Le Marche" experience:  full day guided tour visiting a family run cheese producer, olive oil producer and a vineyard - includes tastings at each and lunch

*On the day of arrival we organise pick up times based on the groups arrival times either into Ancona airport or at the local train or coach stops. 

We will do our very best to make sure nobody has to wait for too long but please be aware we will be picking up other members of the group whose arrival times may not necessary coincide perfectly with your own and we ask for your patience.

If you are arriving at a time that really doesn’t tie in with the group or arriving a day or so earlier we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up.   The cost of a taxi is in the region of €180.  If there is anybody else arriving doing the same we will arrange it so that you can share the transport costs.

Similarly for departure, for retreats the rooms are to be vacated by 10:00 on the morning of departure.  Departure time will be set based on the majority of the group.  Again we will do our very best to accommodate everyone.