Writing Retreat with Alison May

Developing Your Novel with ALISON MAY

Join us from 6th – 13th May 2023 for a writing retreat –  more than 4 places available



Course Details


This week-long course will cover the essential building blocks of any novel.  We’ll look at character, plot, setting, and these, and discuss techniques for planning a novel and editing a first draft.  We’ll also discuss the publishing industry and what to expect when you’re ready to bring your finished novel to publishers, agents or readers.


The course will include group workshops, one-to-one time with the tutor, and lots of time to write and focus on your own manuscript.   The course is suitable for anyone with a manuscript already in progress, an idea they’d like to develop, or simply a burning desire to write a novel.  Whether this is your very first manuscript or you’ve bene writing for years, this is the perfect chance to focus on your story and your writing craft in a supportive atmosphere and beautiful surroundings.


About Alison


Alison May is a publish author, and a qualified teacher specialising in teaching adults.  She’s been published by Legend Press and Harper Collins HQ.  In addition to her own novels Alison also writes, in collaboration with Janet Gover, as Juliet Bell.

Alison has been teaching creative writing since 2010, and has taught for community groups, writing groups, the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the National Association of Writers’ Groups and the University of Worcester.  She is currently an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing for the Open University.


Alison has published novels, novellas and short stories, and is the former winner of Romantic Novelists’ Association Elizabeth Goudge Trophy.  She has also been shortlisted in the Love Stories and RoNA Awards.  Alison completed a BA (Hons) degree in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham in 2008, and is a member of the Society of Authors, and a former Chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.


Prices start from €1,495 per person which includes the following:


  • All tuition fees
  • 7 nights Luxury accommodation – see our rooms here
  • Group transfers to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop)*
  • 5 days writing tuition
  • 1 free day (lunch not included)
  • All meals including breakfast, lunch and evening meals
  • Delicious local house wine with lunch and evening meal
  • Unlimited use of lockable studio


*On the day of arrival we organise pick up times based on the groups arrival times either into Ancona airport or at the local train or coach stops.


We will do our very best to make sure nobody has to wait for too long but please be aware we will be picking up other members of the group whose arrival times may not necessary coincide perfectly with your own and we ask for your patience.


If you are arriving at a time that really doesn’t tie in with the group or arriving a day or so earlier we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up.   The cost of a taxi is in the region of €150.  If there is anybody else arriving doing the same we will arrange it so that you can share the transport costs.


Similarly for departure, for retreats the rooms are to be vacated by 10:00 on the morning of departure.  Departure time will be set based on the majority of the group.  Again we will do our very best to accommodate everyone.

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