Monday 26 November to Friday 30 November 2018, Retreats for You, Sheepwash, Devon. £600 inclusive of accommodation (shared bathroom) and all food, but not travel.


17022185_1272812759453968_5304895019058616981_nWhether you’re writing your first novel or your twentieth, Julie Cohen’s guided retreat is time for you to write, reflect, and hone your novel to the best it can be. Julie will give individual feedback on each writer’s work in the mornings; the afternoons are free for you to write, walk, or find inspiration in the beautiful countryside; evenings are time to share work and conversation in front of the fire. This residential retreat is ideal for those who want some time for a special project, and to take their writing to the next level.


image001JULIE COHEN has written 22 novels across several genres and her books have been translated into 17 languages. Her latest book, TOGETHER, is a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, a Number One Amazon bestseller, and won Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year. It was listed as one of 2017’s best book club reads by The Independent. DEAR THING was a Richard and Judy Book Club Pick, WHERE LOVE LIES won Best Romantic Read, and FALLING (US title: AFTER THE FALL) was shortlisted for Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year. She has run writing workshops for Cornerstones, Writers Workshop, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Literature Wales and The Guardian, and was shortlisted for an industry award for her creative writing teaching.

Last year’s retreat was a great success, with thousands of words written by the participants, and fabulous discussions in front of the fire or over a glass of wine. Here are some of the comments from writers who have been on my retreats:

I found my one-to-one with Julie really useful. I really like that she doesn’t just say ‘No, you can’t do that’ or pat people on the head and tell them it’s brilliant. It feels like a genuine conversation about how to develop an idea.

I thought the retreat went really well and the venue, content and organisation were spot on. The balance of group talks and time to write was perfect.

I haven’t met anyone who has been on any of Julie’s courses and not been really thrilled and inspired, and, more often than not, more successful following it.

You feel quite cocooned and sort of protected and I think that’s a bit of magic if people are needing to dig deep to fix their novels, or push on, or just find the wood from the trees.

It was really good to have a mix of people all writing completely different things, as it was very interesting to see what challenges their particular books and genres posed.

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