A summer writers’ retreat: Online with Guardian Masterclasses

A three-week creative writing programme with bestselling and award-winning authors that combines exclusive practical workshops with an online community to help you on your writing journey

Online event

Date: 25 July 2022-14 August 2022
Time: various times with a selection of recordings available until 31 August 2022

Save 20% if you book before midnight 1st July 2022. Enter the code SUMMER22 at checkout.

Are you the kind of writer who’s got a lot of ideas camping out in your brain (and on your phone) but you’re struggling to commit time, energy or space to building out your work? Have you been working for what feels like forever on a project that’s lost its vim? Would you like to gain some perspective, inspiration and sage advice from bestselling and award-winning authors and writing mentors?

In this brand new online writing programme, you will have the unique opportunity to develop your ideas, create your narrative voice, craft authentic characters and discover how you can put all that together to produce a full-length piece of fiction – a retreat designed to help you carve out the time to write, stay accountable and achieve your goals.

Our online summer writers’ retreat presents a unique blend of expert-led masterclasses, guided retreats and a dedicated online channel of support, to give you the tools, time and space to invest in your creative pursuits and actually write.

Over the course of three weeks, you will participate in writing surgeries with Shelley Weiner and Tim Lott, learn about the art of concision with Ross Raisin and Huma Qureshi, discover what makes a multi-million bestseller with Lisa Jewell and William Booker – and much, much more.

Plus, this programme has been carefully curated with your lifestyle in mind, meaning you can attend live sessions when it suits you, and catch up on recordings when it doesn’t. Wherever you are in the world, and whatever your schedule, this is your chance to commit to your craft and get things done.

This course is for …

  • Writers of all levels, at any stage in their creative journey

  • Writers of all genres and forms (please note that this programme will focus on fiction-writing, but that the skills are transferable to all forms of writing)

Course content

  • Get fit for writing: A series of author-led morning writing sessions to start your day on the right (creative) foot

  • A series of guided writing retreats with the award-winning writer Anita Sethi

  • Characters on the couch: Adding psychological depth to your protagonists with the psychotherapist and author Arabel Charlaff

  • Commercial fiction deconstructed, with the bestselling author Lisa Jewell and the cultural studies professor Will Brooker

  • A masterclass in the distance between memoir and fiction with Jarred McGinnis

  • The art of concision: two short story masterclasses with Ross Raisin and Huma Qureshi

  • Solve your writing dilemmas: Writing surgeries with Tim Lott and Shelley Weiner

  • Style and syntax: Emma Cummins leads a series of bitesized workshops

  • Plus many more to be announced

We’ll be releasing our full timetable of events with many more speakers over the coming weeks, but in the meantime we’re offering a 20% discount until 1st July if you enter the code SUMMER22 at checkout.

Please note that while we will endeavour to feature the masterclass as advertised, due to the volume of classes in this event, we may be required to replace a speaker if necessary.


Date: 25 July 2022 – 14 August 2022, with community support and selected recordings available until 31 August 2022
Price: £349 (plus £7.80 booking fee) ; we’re offering a 20% discount if you book before midnight 1st July 2022 if you enter the code SUMMER22 at checkout.

Our retreat is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

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Returns policy

Once a purchase is complete we will not be able to refund you where you do not attend or if you cancel your event booking. Please see our terms and conditions for more information on our refund policy.

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