We writers generally work as solitary people. We may see our family and friends regularly but connecting face-to-face with other writers only happens at workshops, writing groups or a writing retreat. What a privilege it was at the end of May to get away to a beautiful spot on the Yorkshire Moors not far from Huddersfield and share a few days with like-minded people, writing and encouraging one another.
We had a great three and a half days away at Westwood Christian Centre in a remote part of the Yorkshire Moors not far from Huddersfield. A converted church, it consisted of five very comfortable flats, two meeting rooms and a large, well stocked kitchen.
My thanks go to our great team of workshop leaders who led sessions on fiction, journalism, children’s writing, poetry and the very important topic of online promotion. All this was extremely useful of course, but even better was the opportunity to share with others our writing journeys – our acceptances and rejections and the way ahead.
This was my first ever writing retreat and I can’t wait now for the next!