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21Mar
I’m Not Going On A Writing Retreat That hasn’t hosted at Least One Nobel Prize Winner, A Pullitzer Prizewinner and a Booker Prize Winner. I want Evidence A Writing Retreat Will Make Me More Creative And If You Can’t I’m Not Coming.
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Why Should I Take Responsibility For My Own Creativity? Because No One Else Is Going To, That’s Why! As I sit at my desk in a writing retreat in Portugal, slightly shielded from the world, I do wonder what the world…
21Mar
Dragons Talk At The Writing Retreat On A Hot Day
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It’s been 30+ degrees C today and the writing retreat courtyard has felt like an oven and even the house was warm inside, which is unusual as it has an ambient temperature that is pretty constant. I have spent most…
21Mar
What is Conceptual Blending? Artists At The Writing Retreat Have Been Debating this Subject
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Mr Thierry The Writing Retreat’s First Guest? Will curiosity really kill the cat? Apparently the brain is very good at filing away new information and it appears to kind of categorise it too and usually bases this kind of categorisation…
21Mar
The Writing Retreat’s Creative List 21-30
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Well I hope you find something that floats your boat – even the craziest idea can start a thought process and remember we often resist the thing we need most! Painting an interior in France thanks to Muta for being…
21Mar
A Response To Why A Writing Retreat Is A Waste Of Time
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I have come across a blog post about writing retreats being a waste of time and the author takes particular issue with The Arvon Foundation who run brilliant writing retreats in the UK at one of four locations. http://maxdunbar.wordpress.com/2008/04/26/writing-retreats-a-waste-of-time/ The Arvon Foundation:Lumb Bank or…
21Mar
Create Your Own Private Writing Retreat Wherever You Are Today
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‘Unless I write something, anything, good, indifferent or trashy, every day, I feel ill.’ W.H Auden said and it’s an observation many will agree with. If you are a writer, you write and that appears to be the same need…
21Mar
I left the writing retreat on my bike and turned right…mistake!
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Yesterday I realised I had been sitting at my  writing desk for too long and having been trying to get out walking every day this week I decided to take my bike out for a bit of an adventure –…
21Mar
Set Up Your Own Writing Retreat In Your Head And Improve Your Creativity
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I have been continuing to read Peter Ackroyd’s biography of  TS Eliot and it really is affecting my world picture. What has been on my mind recently I grew up believing the whole patriarchal concept of ‘genius’  and felt very strongly that The Wasteland was…
21Mar
A writing retreat in the city
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I arrived back home to the writing retreat in Portugal last night after hours travellling. It’s funny how firends say, It’s only a two hour flight but no one seems to take into account all the connections between. Still, it’s always…
21Mar
The Writing Retreat Blog Comes from Manchester This Morning
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Ritual and routine can play a big part in a writer’s life and has an extremely calming effect, especially when the mind is all over the place skittering hither and thither and ‘washing machine head’ is the dominant hegemony. I…