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06 Mar 2024 - 10 Mar 2024

Writing Retreat at Temenos

Montagu Events - Writing Retreat at Temenos
This retreat is a four-night writing immersion for anyone with a book or a writing project. You may be a new writer or an experienced writer who simply needs time away from your life to really settle into your writing. You will join writing coach Sarah Bullen on a journey into quiet, and into your story.
In 2024 both our dates are midsummer retreats just outside Cape Town, South Africa in the small coastal village of Hout Bay.
Mornings will be a structured class with afternoons free to pour your words onto the page. We gather in the evenings for reading, feedback, and storytelling. There is lots of focussed time to write.
"I have writers of many different levels coming on these retreats. Some are starting a book and need more guidance, others working on the 2nd or 3rd books. Still, other writers join to journal or write poetry. Each writer has two personal sessions with me to focus on your project and work on your writing plans and material."
For those who need a push, my structured evening sessions will show you how to write, edit and market your book, find a structure, character, plot, advanced plotting, and pace, how to construct scenes, best writing techniques, timelines, and schedules, genre and finding your voice, preparing your manuscript, how to approach publishers, how to write your marketing material, new publishing models.
All writing genres are welcome on this retreat - novels, memoirs, non-fiction, poetry, children's book.
All the event information is also HERE on my website and you can find videos, references, and recommendations as well as a load of other retreats, groups, or ways we can write. I have an entire page of reviews of retreats.
*How to define and create your most compelling story
*The elements of structure
*Finding your book genre and sub-genre
*Creating plot, place, and character outlines for your genre
*Adding plot points and structure
*Beginnings, middles, and ends
*Developing your main character
*Developing your minor characters
*Developing your voice
*Developing point of view as a plotting technique
*How to improve your plotting, pace, and structure
*How to make your characters unforgettable
*Adding depth and layers?
*Sourcing tips and techniques
*How to present your book to publishers

COSTS 2024
Single occupancy room R11,202
Deposit R5,000
Full payment by 28 January 2024

Shared room R9,502 per person
Deposit R5,000 per person
Full payment by 28 January 2024
We will not pair you up with someone, so book this room if you are coming with a partner or friend.

Non Residential Ticket R6,000 * limited to 4 places
Please note a deposit is required to secure your place. This is non-refundable as per our T&Cs which we will send you. Please be clear before your book as places fill up fast. We can jump on a quick call to discuss if this is right for you.

4 nights accommodation
Breakfast buffet
2 group dinners
A fully guided writing process
A one-on-one session
Structured feedback on your project
All course fees and learning material

Flights to Cape Town
if needed travel to the venue, we will organise a bus / transfer if you need at a shared cost
Additional lunch and dinner will be at your own cost or you can self-cater in your own cottage.
Visas and Travel Insurance
Any additional services such as yoga, massages, treatments, or extra trips
Sarah Bullen is a multi-published author, international writing coach and literary agent. Founder of The Writing Room and Kent Literary, she has had over 100 books published by writers she has mentored. As well as being a regular guest on talk shows, podcasts and writers’ circles, Sarah has been leading international writing retreats and adventures for the past decade. “There’s a different writing energy when you are away from home and immersed in a creative adventure. Without exception, everyone in the group has a story to share and becomes the learner and the teacher. It is my job to guide this.”
Her books include Write your Book in 100 Days! Stop Mucking About & Just Write and Love & Above – A Journey into Shamanism, Coma and Joy, which will be published in March 2022 by Tafelberg.

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