Inkwell Writers

(4 customer reviews)


A residential course run by experienced tutors set in the magnificent grounds of Walcot Hall.


Blue, Red, Yellow


Blue, Red, Yellow


We are delighted that, once again, our guest reader on this course will be Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s first female Poet Laureate. Her presence will provide a wonderful opportunity to hear from a world renowned poet, playwright and children’s writer.

A maximum of sixteen places are available. Shared rooms are £50 cheaper per person. One of the great charms of Walcot is that no two rooms are the same, and these will be allocated on an ad hoc basis. Priority in respect of ground floor accommodation will be given to anyone who has difficulty with mobility or who needs wheelchair access.

The course will run from Monday to Friday. The programme consists of workshops, readings, one to one sessions, small critique groups and space to write.

All meals are included. Breakfast and lunch are conducted on a help yourself basis, while everyone has an evening meal together at 7.00 p.m. prepared by in-house caterers.

Is this course for me?
The course is open to writers at all stages of their writing journey. Writers of poetry, prose or children’s fiction are welcome. In order to have the best ‘fit’ with our tutors, you are invited but not required to send a sample of your poetry (no more than 80 lines) or prose (no more than 1000 words), if you wish, on booking . Even if you choose not to send a sample of work, it would be most helpful if you could let us know in which genre you are most interested. Please use the email link on this website to do this. Our workshops are designed to explore voice, writing from place and creating worlds. There will be a focus on writing derived from, and rooted in, place. From psycho-geography in prose, settings of novels to place in poetry and location in drama, there will be something for everyone.

Space to Write
Walcot Hall is the perfect place in which to immerse yourself in your writing. Mornings will be taken up with workshops held in the ante-room of the ballroom or at the Garden House. Afternoons are free for participants to write, with a wonderful array of spaces available, from summer houses in the grounds, to seats in the walled garden or one of the writing nooks in your accommodation. During this time, you may also opt to have a one-to-one consultation with a tutor, or take part in small group feedback sessions. Occasionally, weather permitting, workshops may include a scrawl crawl to write, for example, by the boating lake or in the arboretum.

You may choose to spend some of your free time exploring the grounds, jogging through the woodland tracks, or doing yoga on the lawns. Bicycles are available for your use. At the bottom of the drive is The Powis Arms, serving local ale. Please bring your own alcohol, although complimentary prosecco will be served to welcome guests on the first night. Evenings will be given over to readings by tutors and our special guest, with a celebration fireside reading from all course members on the final night.

Please be aware that deposits are not refundable. If you cancel your place 10 weeks or more before the course is due to run, your fee less your deposit will be refunded. We will aim to find another writer to take your place, but this is not always possible. If we are successful, we will retain an administration fee of £50.

Cost: £745 (single room) £695 (shared room)
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Discover your inner writer in a beautiful setting with experienced, published tutors. Our residential and day courses offer a chance to explore your voice and build on a range of writing techniques with like-minded people. Whether you are a new writer or wrestling with your work-in-progress, Inkwell courses will allow you to hone and practise your skills in drama, poetry and prose.
All tutors are successful, published writers. Residential courses are joined by another critically acclaimed guest writer. Workshops focus on developing craft and style through a variety of prompts, and are designed to appeal to writers in any genre. Emphasis is placed on the importance of critique and feedback in a supportive and safe environment.

Meals and accommodation are included on residential courses, with a complimentary glass of fizz on the first night. At whatever writing stage you happen to be, whether that is on the point of publication or at the beginning of your writing journey, allow yourself peace and space to release your creative energy. In a world that never stops strutting and fretting, take time out to find your own words.

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Blue, Red, Yellow

4 reviews for Inkwell Writers

  1. Tia Azulay

    In 2020 I attended an Inkwell course at Walcot Hall, a venue that offers a range of creative stimuli. The warm, soft-spoken tutors created an atmosphere of trust and encouragement, making it easy to explore and take risks in responding to writing prompts and in sharing responses and thoughts with the group. This laid the foundation for ongoing relationships with the whole group which have been a source of motivation ever since. Highly recommended.

  2. Bev

    A first rate residential writing experience. Excellent food, accommodation, workshops and compsny

  3. ADV

    Maybe the best course I have attended. The interaction between tutors were seamless and enlightening. The location itself was amazing. Walcot Hall was the perfect backdrop. The sessions were well structured with ample time to write and present. The tutors were clearly very talented and their skills, experience brought a different dimension to a creative writing course. Not to mention the session with Carl Ann Duffy and the fantastic cuisine.

    Have booked on again this February, would highly recommend, hoping to meet more writers this time.


    Both Inkwell retreats I’ve attended have been packed with goodies. Excellent tuition. Creative sparks. Friendly group. Fabulous food. Nourishing surrounds. Highly recommended whether you’re an accomplished writer or just setting out.

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