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The Cotswolds


Join internationally bestselling author Kate Forsyth for a week in Stratford-upon-Avon at a writing retreat designed to help you rediscover your creativity and joy in writing. 


Writers at any stage of their careers, from those who have always wanted to write but never found the time, as well as those who are deeply immersed in a creative project and want to take it to the next level, will benefit from Kate’s expert advice on all aspects of creative writing.


Let your imagination wander as you roam the glorious countryside of Oxford and the Cotswolds, a landscape that has inspired some of the world’s most beloved authors.


Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven and has now sold more than a million copies internationally. Recently voted one of Australia’s Favourite 15 Novelists, Kate Forsyth has been called ‘one of the finest writers of this generation’. She has written more than forty books, for all age groups and across many genres, and published in almost 20 countries.


  • ​Single Accommodation at The Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford-uponAvon

  • Daily breakfast

  • Seven writing workshops with Kate Forsyth

  • Services of a Tour Manager

  • Selected reading extracts during the workshop

  • Newsletters sent out by Kate Forsyth prior to program commencing

  • Four Historical and Mystery tours with meals provided, with experienced Blue Badge guide Roger Bailey and Kate Forsyth

  • Welcome Dinner & Farewell Dinner

  • Transfer from Shakespeare Hotel to Oxford Railway Station on day of group departure

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You will be staying in the picturesque 17th century Shakespeare Hotel, which is situated in the heart of the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s a short stroll away from many of the town’s most famous sights, such as Shakespeare’s birthplace, Holy Trinity Church where his body rests, the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre, and the River Avon.

With more than 800 years of history, Stratford-upon-Avon also has all the shops, pubs, restaurants and modern conveniences you could hope for, without losing any of its period charm. You can walk along the river or sit and watch the swans glide by. Visit the butterfly farm, or take a ghost tour. See a play performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, or drift over the Cotswolds in a hot air balloon.