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“After nourishment,shelter and companionship,stories are the thing we need most in the world.”


             ~ Philip Pullman

 

 

 

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“After nourishment,shelter and companionship,stories are the thing we need most in the world.”


             ~ Philip Pullman

 

 

 

 

                                            Your Writeful PlacE

                         Residential Creative Writers' RetreatS.

                       'From The Latin Quarter to The Lakes' 

                                              24-26TH JUNE 2017

Your Writeful Place will travel from Paris to the Lake District for a three day midsummer writers' retreat this June. Situated in Cumbria in the north-west of England, this magnificent region is famous not only for its lakes, fells and scenic beauty but also for its rich literary heritage.
Award-winning published writer Hazel Manuel will bring the passionate vigour of her parisian writing salons to this English lakeland setting. As Writer in Residence Hazel will host workshops and one to one sessions for novelists and short story writers. Join us and find inspiration in this most beautiful and tranquil of places. 
                                               
 
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Create Together


Pack your passion and join us on a journey to explore the depths of your creative self. 

 

Create Together


Pack your passion and join us on a journey to explore the depths of your creative self. 

 

Your Writeful Place® retreat has a unique holistic approach we call Place, People, Paper, Publish.

Place is where we will gather together - free to settle ourselves fireside or in some cosy corner to write without distraction. A place of natural beauty and quiet reflection where we can take walks or gentle hikes alone or with new friends. A place where delicious healthy food and fine wines are provided along with comfortable, private accommodation. Find warm companionship and share stories and laughter. Connect with a small group of like-spirited People and forge connections to inspire and rejuvenate your writing. Our writer in residence, Hazel Manuel will host morning workshops and one to one sessions, alongside our two facilitators, Marilyn and Ruth, who will provide advice and constructive feedback.

In this dedicated space and time unlock your creativity and transfer your stories to Paper. Fill pages of your novel, your memoirs, your short stories or even your journal. Receive invaluable personal advice on how to Publish your novel from our published writer so you can submit your work with new-found confidence. Here you are a writer. No obstacles, no distractions, no emails to send or appointments to keep. Come and join our peaceful retreat and discover your writeful place. 

Place

Who are we ?


Who are we ?


Place

People

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Marilyn Smith   

Ruth Druart

Hazel Manuel

Marilyn is our place-maker. Her focus is first and foremost on the creation of a warm and welcoming retreat. She lives in Paris and is a passionate reader and short story writer. Marilyn has a Master of Arts in Literature alongside a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with Literature, and a Diploma in Classical Studies. Having worked for 24 years in the hospitality industry, Marilyn appreciates the finer details that will enhance your stay. She takes great pride in creating a comfortable atmosphere to ensure a highly enjoyable and productive retreat. As a true communicator and listener, Marilyn delights in connecting people to bring out the best in all.

Ruth teaches in a well-known International school in Paris. She has a Masters in International Education, and loves working in groups to develop the creative potential in everyone. An avid  reader and writer, she has just finished her first novel, which is set in Paris in 1944. Ruth brings decades of teaching experience and expertise to our retreat. Her focus will be on mentoring and working alongside our writers, either in groups or as individuals. By understanding the creative goals of each individual writer, Ruth will provide constructive and sensitive feedback to enable writers to move forward and develop their writing projects.

 

Hazel Manuel is our award-winning writer in residence. She is a UK born, Paris-based CEO turned novelist whose writing follows a successful business career. Hazel's first novel Kanyakumari was the winner of the 2013 Cinnamon Press Debut Novel award and was nominated for Wales book of the year in 2015. Described by one reviewer as "a writer who travels with her senses wide open" Hazel's workshops and one to one sessions provide invaluable help and advice. Following her well-received second novel, The Geranium Woman, Hazel's current work in progress is a psychological thriller entitled Cliff.

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Competition


Competition


                     Springtime Short Story Competition 2017 ANNOUNCED!

Your Writeful Place Short Story competition is now open to all unpublished or published writers in English across the globe.

 Win a place at one of our three day residential writing retreats in the UK or France worth up to £400. Alternatively, choose a cash prize of £200.

To enter, submit a short story of no more than 2,200 words. Your story may be on any theme but must be for adults. The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) 31st May 2017. The winner will be announced on 10th June 2017. Stories may be submitted via email. There is an entry fee of £8 for every short story submitted.

Our judging panel will be chaired by writer Hazel Manuel.

Rules of the Competition

  • The springtime short story competition closes at midnight on 31st May 2017.

  • The winner will be announced on 10th June 2017.

  • The winner will receive one free place at Your Writeful Place residential writing retreat. This includes full board accommodation and writing workshops with Hazel Manuel. Transport costs will be the responsibility of the winner.

  • By entering the competition you agree to accept either a place on one of the two scheduled writing retreats in 2017, or accept a cash prize of £200.

  • The competition is open internationally to unpublished and published writers in English.

  • We accept all genres except Children's fiction, Young Adult and Science Fiction

  • Please present your work double-spaced or 1.5 and send as an attachment in a PDF or Word Document via email to marilyn@yourwritefulplace.com

  • Please write Springtime Short Story Competition in the subject line and write your name, contact details and the title of your entry in the body of the email. Do not place your name or contact details anywhere on your submission. All stories are judged anonymously.

  • Entries must be made electronically and the £8 fee paid via Paypal. You will receive a PayPal receipt on payment which is also receipt of entry. See www.paypal.com if you do not already have a PayPal account.

  • If you request a critique please note we do not provide a proofreading service but a critique of your submission's literary integrity.

To enter our springtime competition first select your entry option from the drop down menu below and then click on the Buy Now button. This will take you to the payment page where you will have the choice to pay through Paypal or by credit/debit card. Once your transaction is complete you will receive a receipt by email. 

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            Your Writeful Place Novel beginninGs competition 2017.                                           

 Many thanks to everyone who entered our inaugural 'Novel Beginnings' Competition. We were delighted to receive and read your submissions. Below are the novel titles that have successfully made our shortlist. Congratulations and best of luck to all the writers whose stories are listed.

   

And the winners are.... 

  

First Prize         :  Pearl Passing by D.K.Dailey

Read her winning entry here © 2017
Read her biography here

Download links copyright of D.K. Dailey, all rights reserved.

 

Second Prize   :  The Poachers' Code by Julie Carrick Dalton.

Read her winning entry here © 2017
Read her biography here

Download links copyright of Julie Carrick Dalton, all rights reserved.

 

 

Congratulations to our winning novelists!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit their Novel Beginnings.It was an honour and joy to read your submissions. Watch this space for our next exciting competition!
 

THE SHORTLIST

  • Desh by Mark Engineer.
  • Devil May Cry by Charlotte Solomon.
  • Pearl Passing by D.K. Dailey.
  • The Chatelaine of Montaillou by Susan Kaberry.
  • The Poachers' Code by Julie Carrick Dalton.
  • The Wilder Sea by Andy Dobson.
  • Riding the Shotline by Derek Byrne.

The LONGLIST.

  • Crossed Channels by Paul Crocker.
  • Desh by Mark Engineer.
  • Devil May Cry by Charlotte Solomon.
  • Evie by Henrietta Grant.
  • Going On by Jane Houghton.
  • Guilt by Joan Ellis.
  • No Place to Go by Charlie Brownstein.
  • See What Flowers by Shannon Mullen.
  • Pearl Passing by D.K. Dailey.
  • The Chatelaine of Montaillou by Susan Kaberry.
  • The Invitation by Christoffer Wahlberg.
  • The Poachers' Code by Julie Carrick Dalton.
  • The Reluctant Fatalist by Chandru Murthi.
  • The Wilder Sea by Andy Dobson
  • Riding the Shotline by Derek Byrne.

             

We are very excited to announce our Novel Beginnings Award to celebrate the launch of Your Writeful Place. Enter the first chapter of your unpublished novel of up to 3.000 words, along with a one page synopsis. Your work will be judged by Paris-based novelist Hazel Manuel and will be published on Your Writeful Place website.

Prizes:  First Prize      : £250

             Second Prize  : £100