Retreats for 2018

Isola Maggiore – Umbria

Spring and Autumn dates for the island this year are:

May 12-19 and Sept 15-22

The price of £720 includes:

  • 7 nights half board at the island’s only hotel (Da Sauro) including wine with dinner (double en suite room, with single occupancy)
  • 4 morning workshops with cappuccino & delicious pastries
  • 2 one-to-one feedback sessions
  • Entry to the Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo, the Captain’s House and the Lace Museum
  • Boat trip round the island

All workshops are optional, leaving you free to do as much or as little as you please, so you can make up the week as you along.

Wednesday is a kept as a completely free day, for those wanting to explore … or simply stay on the island and relax by the lake.

Places are limited to just six.


Palazzo Bacile di Castiglione – Puglia

New for 2018!


The wonderfully secluded Palazzo Bacile di Castiglione sits right down in the ‘heel’ of Italy, in a little town called Spongano, just six kilometres from the Adriatic ocean.

As with the Umbrian retreats, all the workshops are completely optional, so that you can make the week as flexible as you wish.

Your accommodation is in one of five self-contained traditional stone cottages at the edge of the little wood, all with spacious ensuite bedrooms, close by the palazzo’s swimming pool.

Your cottage’s well-equipped kitchen, stocked with delicious local produce, leaves you free to begin the day at your own leisurely pace. Each cottage has its own small terrace, with table and chairs, and of course the pool is right there, for that early swim.

There are four workshops, all in the mornings, followed by delicious buffet lunch, giving you the rest of the day to read, write, amble, or simply soak up the sun by the pool. Wednesday is kept completely free, for those wanting to explore further afield to a local market, a coastal bay, or the wonderfully baroque town of Lecce.

The price of £1,225 includes:

  • ensuite accommodation in one of the delightful cottages around the swimming pool
  • dinner each evening
  • buffet lunch on each of the workshop days
  • four writing workshops (Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri)
  • two half-hour 1:1 sessions to talk about your writing
  • airport transfers from Brindisi  (dependent on numbers – conditions apply)
 Places are limited to just seven.

For enquiries or to book your place, please contact Glynis:

About Glynis

“Ain’t no celebrity pond-life ever gonna tell you a story like Glynis’s – not now, not ever” – Daniel Meadows, Creative Director, BBC Wales

It’s odd how I’ve ended up here, really.  There I was at junior school, writing some story about a circus, then on to seniors where I read voraciously and wallowed in English Lit … then nothing. For years I never put pen to paper. 

Fast forward a couple of decades and I found myself on an Arts Council project. Creative writing workshops took over my life and, before I knew it, I’d ditched the day job and ended up running those instead.

Thinking ‘better late than never’, I enrolled for the degree that should have followed those Eng Lit years, and emerged – six years of Monday nights later – with a First in Creative Writing.

So now I write all sorts. I’ve come fairly close with the Bridport Prize a couple of times – a poem shortlisted and a short story longlisted – and I’ve run workshops in countless places, including the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Bronte Parsonage Museum, and at Ilkley Literature Festival. I’ve also contributed to resource books on therapeutic writing and scriptwise I had a film short screened as part of Leeds Film Festival.

Prose is still my first love, especially creating characters and then seeing what they get up to. My crime novel’s on a slow burn, but I’m OK with that.

In between it all, I still read book after book. Now that I write as well as read, I get double the pleasure out of them, because while I’m enjoying the story I’ve also got one eye on all the writing techniques. It’s like balancing on a wire.  Come to think of it, a bit like a circus act.