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Writers At The Watermill 9-12 November 2018

At Watermill Cottages, Hansel nr Slapton, Dartmouth, Devon


Would you like to:

empower your inner writer,  

develop your writing voice,  

find inspiration to motivate your writing,  

explore your creativity alongside like-minded people,  

understand how to edit your work ready for feedback or print, 

improve your writing and confidence,  

escape to a literary landscape with all your meals prepared?   

Then this weekend is for you.  

Led by Christine Cooke of JourneyWords & Anne Rainbow, RedPen Mentor & ScrivenerVirgin.   

Explore your creativity & discover how to edit your work ready for feedback or print on a residential, fully catered, writing workshop weekend. Just imagine: a room of your own in an atmospheric, comfy stone cottage by an 18thC former watermill & stream in 20 acres of south Devon’s AONB. Virtually untouched by the modern world, the coastal Gara Valley has a unique & inspirational literary history. Far from the madding crowd you’ll be immersed in revitalising natural energy with time & space to absorb it.

With Christine, who lives in this beautiful valley, enjoy creative writing sessions plus a guided literary valley walk with writing in the wild.  Explore how nature & found materials inspire our creative process.  

Anne guides you in how to edit your writing to produce a professional, finished piece of work ready for feedback or for print.  The weekend includes a one-to-one session with Anne giving you considered feedback on your writing.  

All your meals & refreshments are included, freeing you to be creative.  Lunch & supper are home-cooked using locally grown organic standard ingredients. Breakfast is at your leisure in your cottage.

Three nights’ accommodation, facilitation, all food, refreshment, materials, cake & log fires for £499, which includes an option to stay for the rest of the week at no extra cost to write & relax. 

There are just eight places.  To reserve your place, find out more, or simply to register your interest in workshops, please email Christine using the form below.

Biographies and Testimonials


Wednesday Writers 2018-19

Hosted by Anne Rainbow and Christine Cooke

Enjoy a monthly ARTIST’S DATE as recommended by Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way

When and Where

At The Cottage Hotel, Hope Cove, South Devon, TQ7 3HJ (five miles Kingsbridge & Salcombe) - advance booking essential, just 20 places per workshop.

8 Wednesdays in 2018: remaining dates are:

19 September 2018: Christine and Anne: Finding Your Voice

17 October 2018: FELICITY GOODALL: Fact or Fiction?

21 November: Christine and Anne: Practice Makes Perfect

8 Wednesdays in 2019: 6 March, 3 April, 1 May, 5 June, 3 July, 4 September, 2 October, 6 November

6 March 2019: BELINDA SEAWARD: Writing from the Inside Out

3 April 2019: Anne and Christine: Inspiration All Around Us

1 May 2019: JANE RAYNER: Better Blogging

A variety of wordcraft workshops including:

From 10:00 to 16:30 with lunch* at 12:45-14:00.  *Lunch, with us and our guest speakers in The Cottage Hotel restaurant, is optional and at your own cost. Or bring a picnic to enjoy on the beach or on a bench overlooking the sea.

Booking and Payment

Email Anne Rainbow or call her on 07721 695044.  There are just 20 places per wokshop, so booking is essential.  Each workshop is £25 per person, discounts for booking a series of workshops.

Biographies of hosts and speakers.


Writing Group Retreats 

Bring your writing group on a retreat to Watermill Cottages and add some writing workshops. 

Organise and run your own writing retreat at Watermill Cottages. Our experience and contacts will help you deliver a unique writing retreat.  Please contact Christine to discuss your ideas using the form below.

Morning, Afternoon or Day Workshops 

Tread in famous footsteps on my Walk with Words Guided Literary Walk round the Gara Valley.  Enjoy a morning or afternoon stroll and hear who lived here and what they wrote.  See what they painted afterwards as we enjoy cake and refreshements by the stream or by the fire. 

Email me on the form below to register your interest on the next walk.

What do you write when inspired?  Join me in a small group as we Walk with Words and Writing.  A guided literary walk with words written in the valley, as above.  We'll take our journals and write in the wild.  Exploring how being in nature silences the white noise in our heads and opens our creativity.  Morning or afternoon, with cake and refreshments, or a whole day with lunch and rrefreshments.  Email the form below to register your interest in the next workshop.

Email Christine using the form below.

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