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"People have arrived in St Cere not knowing
what they were going to write about,
and at the end of the week, have left with
a fully developed outline for a novel...
If you
want to write, you will write here!"
- Janice Hally (Course Tutor)

Read on to find out what lies in store during the week...

7-day Residential Course
"Kick Start Your Project"
  • Creating Characters
  • Developing Your Story
  • Engaging the Audience
  • Story Structure
to give you...
the best possible chance of seeing your work through to completion.
"I came to St Cere thinking I could write a novel. I went away knowing I can!"
Ian F, UK
"Before I came to St Cere my characters were but shadows; they accompanied me home as real people."
Leonie S, Scotland
 The Course combines...
  • workshops
  • writing assignments
  • personal guidance and tutorials
in order to...
  • ensure that you start writing
  • provide the impetus to keep you going
  • leave you with solid foundations to help you in all your future work.
Time to relax too, before enjoying your 4-course dinner in the Hotel Victor Hugo restaurant.
 "Janice and Peter, I came here with nothing and I feel you have given me some of your magic. I am going home with treasures I hope you will both be proud to read one day. Thank you."
Eleanor S UK

the 7 Days...
Day 1:
Arrive anytime up to 7pm. Check In.
Meet for introductions and Welcome Dinner at 8pm.
Receive your first writing assignment.

Day 2 to Day 6:
every morning - WORKSHOPS

Review each day's assignments, then
move on to practical exercises
to ignite the creative processes.
"The course did more for my fiction writing than anything I had ever done before... My thanks again and I hope others get as much help as you gave me."
Jack L, USA


every afternoon - TIME TO WRITE

Time to yourself to think, walk, talk,
and work on assignments.

Individual Tutorials:
The most important and productive
part of the Course.
These daily one-to-one sessions are a valuable chance for personal time with the the tutors to concentrate on your writing and the particular needs of your project.
"The amount of time and interest you devoted to each writer was really appreciated and I have come home feeling that I have learnt a great deal from both of you as well as an urgent need to get writing."
Hilary C, UK

  every evening -

Continue with your writing or get together with other members of the group to chat before you sit back and enjoy one of Jean-Luc's delicious four-course dinners.  Then take a late stroll in Saint Cere or relax at The Victor Hugo and let your characters and story continue to develop in your mind before retiring to bed.
"something for every writer, published or unpublished....with Tom and Jean-Luc talking care of body and soul and Janice and Peter taking great care of the mind."
Eileen Ramsay Scotland

Day 7:

A review of your work and progress through the week.
Final Individual Tutorial:
to map out your writing plan for the road ahead.
Farewell dinner.
  "A fabulous location, a wonderful group of people, two inspiring teachers and in just 6 days I succeeded in writing the outline of an entire novel, previously never having written more than half a dozen short stories.
The course exceeded all of my expectations and I had one of the best weeks of my life."
Sue P U.K.

Day 8:

Breakfast. Check Out.
"In all my wildest dreams I never imagined I'd have done so much, gone so far in this week. I hope my results will be up to expressing the gratitude I feel."
Carole H Belgium
"I feel I have come away with the knowledge of how to structure the story, create the storyline and actually write it. What's more I now also have the belief that I can go and write it - so no more excuses."

Sean D, England

Availability Update

Please Note: Two typewriters will be available on a shared basis, otherwise writers should bring their own laptop computers or work with pen and notepad.

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