Come and work on your writing in a beautiful and peaceful location, with one-to-one help and advice from international award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick.
A week at Le Chant de la Cascade will allow you to work on your writing in a way that suits you. Whether you have a first draft that needs polishing, or you need time and advice to bring that first draft into the world, Marcus will be on hand to share his 20-plus years of writing experience. That experience includes writing novels for adults, teenagers, and younger readers as well as picture books for young children, and non-fiction and journalism too.
With over 10 years’ experience teaching creative writing, and 16 years working in the publishing industry, Marcus is adept at helping you work out where your strengths are, as well as identifying problems that are holding you back.
In addition, Marcus will read your entire work in progress* so that you can get genuine, deep insight into your book.
While many writers attending retreats have a book on the go, this week is equally suitable if you’re just starting out and need some time and a guiding hand to get you going.
* if submitted in good time before the retreat, and subject to a ‘fair use’ policy – I probably won’t have time to read four ‘Silmarillions’ or the new ‘Ulysses’ 🙂
Marcus was Author-in-Residence at Bath Spa University for three years, and regularly teaches creative writing at Arvon and Tŷ Newydd. He has written everything from picture books to adult novels, and non-fiction. He has reviewed for The Guardian newspaper and published articles in various other international magazines and newspapers. He has won numerous book prizes, such as the Printz Award and the Brandford-Boase Award, and has also judged various book prizes, including the Costa Book Awards and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Additionally, Marcus worked in publishing and bookselling for almost 20 years, and so can advise on the changing nature of the publishing world too.
In addition, he now mentors for Arvon in one-to-one online tutorials. For more details visit the Arvon website.
Weeks at Le Chant de la Cascade are the chance to attend an exclusive writing retreat with the possibility to do yoga alongside.
How you spend your week will be your choice – you can lock yourself in your room, and only appear for meals and conversation with the other writers, you can use one of the shared writing dens in the house, you can spend a lot of time picking Marcus’s brain, or some combination of all these things. However you choose to spend your time, Marcus will be on hand to guide you, and there’s also the chance for up to four one-hour yoga sessions with Maureen, where she will help you develop a practice that promotes balance in the way you write. In addition, Maureen can prepare you a personalised ‘yoga prescription’ – something to help integrate your yoga with your writing, that you can take away in order to continue your beneficial practice at home.
The number of writers attending the retreat is small – between 4 and 7 people – so there’ll be lots of time for you to get individually-tailored help with your writing. You can use as much, or as little, of your share of Marcus’s time as you wish, and you’ll be fed and watered to your heart’s content.
To maximise your writing time, there are no formal lessons, but if wanted, there are one-to-one tutorials with Marcus, and there’ll be a couple of informal evening sessions to discuss issues common to many writers, things like how to plot, how to develop compelling characters, how to use place in your writing – whatever it is that people want to explore. Being small gives us this flexibility to cater for your needs precisely.
Writing retreats at Le Chant de la Cascade are relaxed, informal, and fun, but are designed to enable you to make serious progress with your writing; whether that’s seeing the word count go up, or working out how best to get your ideas onto paper.