WordTheatre Writers Workshop & Retreat

The WordTheatre Writers Workshop & Retreat in Edale, England.

Set in the heart of the English peak district, this writers workshop is led by a different renowned author each summer and features salons with special guest speakers as well as a WordTheatre performance at Chatsworth.

The WordTheatre Writers Workshop & Retreat takes place each summer in Edale, England. This idyllic countryside – situated in the breathtaking Peak District, the British Isles’ first national park – is the second most visited walking destination in the world after Mt. Fuji. Its beauty has inspired writers and poets including William Wordsworth and Lord Byron. This weeklong program includes a fascinating mix of workshop sessions, hosted meals and conversations with an inspiring array of guest speakers, and personal time for reflection and creativity.

Andre Dubus III will lead this year’s workshop. He is the author of six books including the New York Times bestseller, The Garden of Last Days and a memoir, Townie, named on many “Top Non-fiction Books of 2011” lists, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews. His novel House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and was made into an Academy Award nominated film.

Read The New York TImes’ rave review of is new collection, Dirty Love, here: http://nyti.ms/1m7Jxlv. Mr. Dubus is also a Guggenheim Fellow and winner of The National Magazine Award for Fiction and two Pushcart Prizes. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Each year, workshop participants join a local audience to enjoy a special WordTheatre performance in the private theatre of the 12th Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth, one of England’s finest country homes. The evening features great short stories brought to life by film and television actors, directed by WordTheatre’s Artistic Director and Founder Cedering Fox. The workshop is hosted at Grindslow House, the home of WordTheatre’s UK Producer Kirsty Peart. Through these personal connections, attendees enjoy special access to the heart of the hosting organization, an internationally recognized nonprofit.

Other Details: 
  • Some hosted meals
  • Fully equipped and stocked kitchen
  • Limited wi-fi access
  • Access to electric outlets
Edale, England
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July 5-11, 2014 (move in date is July 4th
Cost is $1,945 or £1,275, including lodging, most meals and transportation/tickets for WordTheatre at Chatsworth; single rooms are available for an additional fee.