I should have been attending the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s annual conference in Telford this weekend. Unfortunately, I’m dealing with the tail-end of my first bout of Covid, so I’ve had to give it a miss. This was very disappointing for lots of reasons – missing out on some great talks and seminars, not being able to catch up with friends I haven’t seen in person for a few years, and people I was hoping to meet in person for the first time – but also because I was planning on formally launching my new business at the conference this weekend.
There isn’t anything I can do about having to miss the conference, covid is just something we have to deal with these days, but I can still launch my business so, I’d like to introduce you to Little Book Retreats.
Throughout the year I am going to be running writing retreats from my home in a small village in the heart of Yorkshire. A mix of tutored and write-only retreats will take place over weekends throughout the year for groups of up to seven people. Fully-catered, so you don’t have to do anything but turn up and write, away from the pressures and demands of everyday life. Guests will have their own private room with writing space, and access to the numerous communal spaces throughout the house and gardens. People can spend as much or as little time alone or with others as they wish – so you can write in solitude or be inspired and stimulated by the company of likeminded people.
I have run two retreats so far, one in January and one May, both of which were very well received. Here are some of the comments I received from guests on the first two retreats:
Julie is such a warm and welcoming host. Her house is absolutely beautiful and the countryside location was perfect to help me clear my mind and give my writing (and myself!) some quality time. I came away feeling rejuvenated and excited to continue work on my latest manuscript.
Julie’s retreat venue is spacious and welcoming with a library in which to read, relax or chat. There are plenty of areas in which to write should you prefer privacy, plus the social kitchen table for all things book-chat. Delicious meals, refreshments, and nothing was too much trouble for Julie. I’m definitely going back!
Staying at Little Book Retreats is like a home away from home with oodles of bookish chat and creative conversation. Set in the countryside, there are plenty of places to sit and immerse yourself in the quiet gardens. With excellent food and a fabulous host, I’ll definitely book again. Well catered for a a coeliac which made the weekend all the more special.
I am looking forward to welcoming some interesting tutors over the next twelve months, and I am even toying with the idea of running some read-only/book club weekends if there was any interest in that, so get in touch if that is something you would consider attending. I’m really excited about developing the retreats to meet the needs of anyone who would like to come and take advantage of the peaceful and inspiring surroundings I am lucky enough to live in. As I have been running this book blog over the past five-plus years, the greatest pleasure I’ve had from it is meeting, chatting to and learning from other book lovers and authors, and the chance to extend the opportunities to do that by opening up my home to other book-obsessed folk is very exciting.
You can find more information on the venue and the retreats that are currently on offer on the website, or email me for details at email@example.com. There is also the opportunity to sign up for my mailing list on the website to get details of events sent direct to your inbox. Also follow me on Twitter and Instagram to see what I’m up to.
I hope I will get to meet some of you at one of my retreats in the future. I look forward to sharing some book love with you in person!