Writers' HQ has been helping writers get the words out of their fingers and onto the page for the last six years, and due to huge popularity we are now launching new retreats in five new locations across the country.
We?ve tracked down five brilliant, erudite, witty and gold-starry early-career writers to run our new retreats and we are training them in the ways of WHQ right now as we speak. Current hot topics: quality biscuits and how to make good coffee. See? We know what?s important to you.
For the uninitiated, our famous one-day, butt-kicking writing retreats are about kicking procrastination in the nadgers and saying NO MORE to the tyranny of Internet-based sidetracking. We sit you in a room with a bunch of other writers, feed you caffeine, sandwiches and biscuits, set your personal writing targets for the day, turn off the wifi and make sure you write your little socks off. Also included: gold stars for good behaviour and our pathological fear of under catering. Perf.
But enough spiel, here?s where we?re heading *drum roll*:
Run by Karen Miller. Karen writes for the stage but experiments with short stories and poetry on the side. Her writing is currently fuelled by red wine, tea, chocolate and 80?s pop music. She discovered WHQ whilst living in Brighton and taking part in New Writing South?s Advanced Dramatic Course. Now she?s back home in Brum, she?s spreading the gold-star-love to the Midlands. Follow her on Twitter and check her website.
Run by Alexa Radcliffe-Hart. Alexa is a writer and editor who has worked closely with short story writers at The Word Factory, and has taught courses and workshops for Swanwick Writer?s Summer School, Alt.Fiction, and Jersey Festival of Words as well as various secondary schools. Follow her on Twitter and check her website.
Run by Alex Clark. Alex writes short stories, and has half a novel in the back of a cupboard somewhere. Her work has appeared in Prole, Shooter Literary Magazine and Litro Online, amongst others. She runs Cheltenham-based flash fiction night ?Flashers? Club?. She spends a lot of time in her veg garden, especially when she should really be doing something else. Follow her on Twitter and check her website.
Run by Mark Cassell. Mark?s an indie horror author who writes weird stuff and enjoys freaking people out (with his fiction). Follow him on Twitter and check his website.
Run by Poppy O?Neil. Poppy is a writer of short stories and creative non-fiction with a novel in the pipe-line. She?s studying for an MA in creative writing at the University of Chichester. She likes puns, cheese and schadenfreude. Follow her on Twitter and check her website.
Northern types! We?re not ignoring you. We?re just working our way steadily up the country. Want a writing retreat in your special region? Give us a shout and we?ll see what we can do: firstname.lastname@example.org.