The Write Retreat
Make your book dream a reality in 2020
The Write Retreat
with Jessica Huie & Siobhan Curham
Brooklands Barn, Arundel, UK
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the current situation in the UK Brooklands Barn have taken the decision to cancel all retreats for the forseeable future. We are waiting for new dates to be announced and as soon as we are able to we will update the information.
We’ve created this writing retreat as a way of gifting others with the support to move their pipe dream into a reality.
To open up the possibility that writing might transform lives in the way it has transformed ours.
To allow the chance for people to create something which can be their own legacy. Ongoing, infinite and a gift which lives beyond them.
Creativity deserves to be honoured as the tool for transformation that it is, and whether you want to write for pleasure, for family, for self or traditional publishing, The Write Retreat offers the space to drop out of your head and into your heart and make your book dream a reality.
This Retreat is for you if;
- You want to write fiction or non fiction and don’t know where/how to start
- You’ve got a book idea, perhaps you’ve even started writing and want to pitch it to a publisher
- You’re keen to self publish a book
- You’ve written a book and are keen to better understand how to promote your writing and build your audience
- You feel blocked – whether internally through fear of failure, or externally through lack of time and focus
- Support around the key aspects of fiction writing – from coming up with ideas and crafting a page-turning plot, to developing compelling characters and writing dialogue and description that really resonates.
- Workshop on pitching to agents & the pros and cons of self publishing
- Workshop on how to embrace visibility as an Author and build/create an audience
- Workshop on how to create a compelling book proposal
- Daily meditation and morning practise to support the creative process
- Take ownership of yourself as a writer – own your story
- Tools for supporting focussed writing which can be used beyond the retreat
- Beautiful surroundings amidst acres of English countryside
- Indoor swimming pool & sauna for evening reflection time
- Delicious nourishing vegetarian food and daily fresh juice
- To leave fired up with a head full of ideas and a heart full of hope, ambition and possibilities!
Brooklands Barn, Arundel
Our home for four days is Brooklands Barn in Arundel, recognised as “the most mindful destination in Europe”. Four miles from the local beaches and set within the stunning vale of the South Downs amidst a thriving wellness and creative community, the country views are pure inspiration and food for the soul.
At the end of a productive day enjoy the heated pool and sauna, snuggle up with a book beside the fireplace or simply enjoy the panoramic views of the Arun Valley.
“I remember it clearly. It was 5am on the deadline date which Hay House had set for me to submit PURPOSE. It was cold, crisp and wintry but bright and beautiful. I hit send on the final transcript and the world had never seemed lighter.
The sun beaming through my window and right through me, the very process of writing was in itself, transformational.
It changed me.
Writing a book is the most rewarding professional thing I have ever done. And I’ve been blessed to travel to many parts of the world, engage in fascinating conversation and experience more than I ever imagined I could. But writing PURPOSE tops it all.
It brought me back to the root of who I am, who I had always been and yet had forgotten along the way – a writer. And now returned home to myself and reunited with this precious missing piece of my puzzle, I can only wonder how I got this far without writing being the central, necessary, sacred part of my life it has become.
I met Siobhan at a festival where we were both speakers and I fell in love with her humility and grace, and her commitment to empowering others through writing. I was also blown away by the fact she’d written more than 30 books!!! Legend. I’m beyond delighted that she agreed to partner on The WRITE Retreat as she has many years of experience in helping others to birth their books into the world. Combined with my 20 years experience in creating transformational visibility, we have so much to share!”
“When Jessica asked me if I’d be interested in running a writing retreat with her I jumped at the chance. I’m a huge fan of her writing and masterclasses, and we’re really on the same page when it comes to wanting to empower and inspire other writers.
In the 20 years I’ve been an author I’ve run writing workshops for thousands of people all over the world. For six years two separate London councils hired me to run weekly writing workshops for adults in their libraries. That’s a lot of writing workshops and it really helped me hone my ability as a writing coach and workshop facilitator.
Helping other people achieve their writing dreams is a hugely rewarding part of my career and I’m so excited at the prospect of running this writing retreat with Jessica. Residential retreats give the participants – and the facilitators – an invaluable opportunity to go so much deeper…”
“When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives.”
– Julia Cameron, The Artists Way
Jessica Huie MBE is an entrepreneur and the Author of PURPOSE, Find your truth and embrace your calling published by Hay House. Jessica enjoyed a glittering career as a journalist and publicist, and has worked with some of the world’s biggest stars and business people, including Kelly Rowland, Samuel L. Jackson, Hilary Devey & Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.
Twelve years ago Jessica launched Color Blind Cards, a multi-award winning multicultural greeting card company which drove an early conversation around the importance of ethnic representation in retail and became the first independent brand to secure a high-street presence in Britain for cards featuring people of colour.
Siobhan Curham is an award-winning author, writing consultant and motivational speaker. Her latest book for young adults, Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow, was nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal and has been shortlisted for the Lancashire Book of the Year Award, the James Reckitt Hull Award, the Southern Schools Book Award, and the Warwickshire Year 9 Book Award.
Her new book for adults, Something More … a Spiritual Misfit’s Search for Meaning is out now.
And her next novel for young adults, Clementine and Rudy – a celebration of friendship, street art and poetry – is being published by Walker Books in 2020.
Siobhan has also written and created many children’s book series under pen names.
Siobhan has spoken at businesses, schools, universities and literary festivals around the world, including the BBC, Hay Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Bath Festival, Ilkley Festival, YALC, YA Shot, London Book Fair and Sharjah Reading Festival.
Through her work she has helped many people, including celebrities, business owners, coaches, bloggers, novelists, self publishing authors and entrepreneurs with their writing.
Publishers she’s worked with include:
Penguin Random House
Faber & Faber
Simon & Schuster
“ It was a pivotal moment in my life. Thank you. Old skins were shed. Vibrations were raised. Thanks for your amazing guidance.”
Anna Willie, Love Live Lead
“The Power Retreat was inspirational and empowering. Jessica speaks with such grace and intention and is completely focused on helping others voice the story that's rooted within.”
Rebecca Harrison, Rebecca Harrison Designs
“Something magical happened during the retreat, a combination of the tranquil space of Brookland's Barn, the time to focus, the awakening workshops. It enabled me to come away clearly knowing where I was going and how I was going to express myself going forwards so that I can run a business that is grounded in my values and that will have longevity and purpose beyond making sales."
Rebecca Harrison, Rebecca Harrison Designs
“It’s been a beautiful, magical four days here with fellow creative entrepreneurs. A time of real deep, genuine connection and nourishment for the body, mind and soul. I had so many personal and professional shifts in such a short space of time and will treasure the experience for a long time to come.”
Adanna Onuekwusi, Invicta Writers
“It was MAGIC! The nuggets that continue to surface after the process are exciting and I feel so blessed to have been part of such a transformational and fulfilling experience, forever a monumental part of my journey for sure.”
Grace Willis-Hodgins, DramEd UK
“I came to The POWER Retreat with a great idea and no real way of communicating it to others, having been thinking about it for 2 years. The POWER Retreat, the conversations with Jess and the other mentors have helped me to focus on how my idea is important to others as well as the story behind my idea, the story behind me.”
Alex Stevens, AVM
“ It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience. Jessica has been immensely helpful and inspiring helping us to see what’s special and unique about our own work and businesses, that maybe we couldn’t quite see ourselves. She’s shown us how we can take our work to the next level and be more visible and out there in the world. ”
“Thank you Jessica, what an amazing weekend it was. Inspiring workshops, fabulous people and such a gorgeous location. I’ve come back feeling supercharged, inspired and ready to embrace my true purpose!”
“Thanks to Jessica, Jane, Kamran, and a bunch of amazing women at The PURPOSE Retreat, I’ve managed to remember who Holly is. I’ve learned to accept and I’ve decided to change. And that is bloody marvellous. If anyone needs a shake up I can highly recommend!”
“Having read PURPOSE I wanted to continue the journey and put my learning into practise. I was inspired and humbled by the general awesomeness of everyone attending.”
“The weekend totally exceeded my expectations, the venue was idyllic and super accommodating and the size and scope of the programme well balanced.”
The Write Retreat is:
£995 – shared room or £1,495 – single occupancy for two nights (three days) and includes accommodation, three meals per day (breakfast and lunch only on the last day) and all workshops.
Transportation to Brooklands Barn is not included. Brooklands Barn is just 1 hour and 20 minutes by train or by car.
Parking is available on site. Nearest rail station is Arundel. Taxis are available at the station.
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Brooklands Barn, Priory Lane, Arundel, BN18 0BG, United Kingdom
Shared Room // £995.
Single Occupancy Room // £1,495.
There is a deposit of £295 to reserve a place and a payment plan is available.
Investment split over 4 instalments which must be paid in full by April 15th 2020.
Single Occupancy Room
(followed by 3x £400)
Shared Room (per person)
(followed by 3x £233.33)
* We are committed to sharing the gift of writing with as many people as possible – and in particular with those who wouldn’t typically be able to afford the cost of a writing course. So £50 from the cost of booking your place will enable us to gift a woman or man receiving benefits and/or not currently employed, with a free ticket to a workshop we will run later in the year. Thank you for sharing the love!
Terms & Conditions
Deposits are non-refundable unless applications for a place are not accepted.
Payments are non-refundable unless sixty days notice is given.
If sixty days notice is given your credit will be transferred toward a future similar retreat or refunded minus the deposit.