take a literary adventure to London

This workshop is for women who want to take a transformative journey - one that will focus on exploring an amazing city through the eyes of famous female authors, immersing yourself in great writing, and completing some writing of your own.


The backdrop for the workshop is London, where we’ll visit the houses and cafes that the literary giants also frequented. We’ll read from famous women writers who write or wrote in London, including Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing, Zadie Smith, George Eliot, and Agatha Christie. Have your senses stimulated and your intellect expanded by these remarkable women authors. Let London’s majestic and royal palaces and museums inspire the epic stories within you. 

Mornings will be spent exploring and discussing these women's body of work, including fun writing projects designed to show you the craft from the writer's viewpoint. During the afternoons, we will travel around London, visiting the places that famous women writers wrote at, lived at, and visited. 

Imagine...five days dedicated to immersing yourself in incredible literature and culture!  Celebrate amazing women authors, and discover new books to read.

Take a virtual romp with me in London, previewing some of the sights we'll see!


Schedule of Activities

Monday:   Introduction to the Literary Salon

  • 9:00 - 10:00   Welcome & Creativity Sprints
  • 10:00 - 11:30   Literary Salon: History of Literary Salons and an Introduction to London's Amazing Female Authors
  • 11:30 - 12:30   Guided Creativity Groups
  • 12:30 - 2:00   Group Lunch at St. Bartholomew the Great, oldest church in London, and writing time in Postman's Park
  • 2:00 - 5:00    Trip to British Library to see collection of literary treasures
  • 5:00 - 6:00    Cocktails at St. Pancreas Renaissance Hotel
  • 6:00 - 9:00    Cocktail hour & Group dinner (optional)

Tuesday:   Compelling Characters & Transformational Arcs

  • 9:00 - 9:30   Creativity Sprints
  • 9:30 - 11:30   Literary Salon: How the Greats Crafted Their Iconic Characters and Identifying a Character's Transformational Arc
  • 11:30 - 12:30   Guided Creativity Groups
  • 12:30 - 2:00   Group Lunch
  • 2:00 - 6:00    London Literary Tour in Bloomsbury
  • 6:00 - 9:00    Cocktail hour & Group dinner (optional)

Wednesday:  Story Structure in Literature

  • 9:00 - 9:30   Creativity Sprints
  • 9:30 - 11:30   Literary Salon: How the Greats Plotted
  • 11:30 - 12:30   Guided Creativity Groups
  • 12:30 - 2:00   Group Lunch in Hampstead at the Hampstead Museum
  • 2:00 - 6:00    London Literary Adventure in Hampstead
  • 6:00 - 9:00    Cocktail hour & Group dinner (optional)

Thursday:   Sensory Details and Unforgettable Scenes

  • 9:00 - 9:30   Creativity Sprints
  • 9:30 - 11:30   Literary Salon: How the Greats Included Vivid Details to Craft Unforgettable Passages
  • 11:30 - 12:30   Guided Creativity Groups
  • 12:30 - 2:00   Group Lunch
  • 2:00 - 6:00    London Literary Adventure
  • 6:00 - 9:00    Dinner & Play

Friday:   Establishing a Reading and Creativity Practice

  • 9:00 - 9:30   Creativity Sprints
  • 9:30 - 11:30   Literary Salon
  • 11:30 - 12:30   Guided Creativity Groups
  • 12:30 - 2:00   Group Lunch
  • 2:00 - 5:00    Optional Tour or Solo Exploration Time
  • 6:00 - 9:00    Cocktail hour & Group dinner (optional)

Retreat Leaders

Your leader, Allison Quaid, is a London-aficionado and 20- years experienced workshop facilitator, storyteller, and writer. She has been to London many, many times, but she can never get enough of the charm, history, art and gourmet delectables on offer in the city. She has lived in Europe for 9 years and has teamed up with the very best local literary guides to offer you an intelligent, fun, and unique vacation of a lifetime!

Dates, Times & Locations

October 8 - 12, 2018

 City of London, UK

 Take a virtual romp around London with me!

Take a virtual romp around London with me!

Pricing in USD

$1,895 (lodging on your own)

Sign up today - limited to 10 women.

Registration Fee includes expert writing instruction on all 5 days; 3 literary and city tours, including museum entrances; and 5 lunches. Dinner, lodging, and airfare are not included.

You will be sent a recommended reading list approximately 6 weeks before the retreat.

Reserve your seat today by making a non-refundable $500 deposit on the registration page. Contact us with any questions about payment options.

Logistical Information

The workshop will be held at the Rookery Hotel, a boutique hotel in London. Click the image above to see our grand workshop room.

Lodging

The location of the workshop is at a boutique hotel. Due to the small size of the hotel, we encourage you to book once you confirm your place with us.

To find accommodation that fits your budget, we leave it up to you to decide where you want to stay. You'll be spoiled for choice whether at a 3 or 5 star hotel, or you might want to invite some friends along and rent an Airbnb or Homeaway. You decide what works best for you! We will post links to a variety of well-reviewed hotels shortly next to the retreat location.

Weather

London weather in early October averages 16°C/60°F.  Dress is casual and comfortable for exploring the city in the afternoon. An umbrella is a must-have.

Their Inspirational Words

"As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world." - Virginia Woolf

"A writer falls in love with an idea and gets carried away." - Doris Lessing

“The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.” - Zadie Smith

"Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works." - Virgina Woolf

"In the writing process, the more a story cooks, the better." - Doris Lessing

“The past is always tense, the future perfect.” - Zadie Smith

"The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes." - Agatha Christie