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Writing by the Sea
Residential Writing Retreat with Anna Chilvers and Ali Harper

Start date: July 19, 2021

End date: July 23, 2021

Time: Monday afternoon - Friday afternoon

Location: Cober Hill, Scarborough


After a challenging year, Anna Chilvers and Ali Harper are thrilled to be back hosting a tutored writing retreat, at Cober Hill, five miles up the coast from Scarborough.


Anna and Ali have worked together on many retreats and are passionate about enabling writers to express themselves creatively.The course includes workshops, [writing] exercise classes, seminars, writing surgeries, open mic nights, writing time and the chance to recharge your creative batteries.


Check in is available from 3pm on Monday. The course starts at 4pm and includes full board and accommodation in single en-suite bedrooms. You are welcome to stay for the afternoon on Friday – there’s much to explore, including a secret garden and plenty of nooks and crannies in which to write!


This is our first time at Cober Hill. It’s a beautiful place, within walking distance of the coastline and with gorgeous grounds, including a tennis court and croquet. There are three separate lounges for our exclusive use, in addition to the training room. The bedrooms are basic, but single occupancy, with ensuite facilities and wifi. There is also a bar!



The cost for the course is £450 and includes full board from Monday dinner to Friday lunch.


If you would like to reserve a place please email the following information to info@annachilvers.co.uk: Name, address, email address, telephone number and any dietary or mobility requirements you may have.


A deposit of £150 is required to secure your place.  This must be made before Thursday 13th May 2021. The full fee must be paid no later than 4th June 2021.


Payment (deposit or full fee) can be made by bank transfer or by cheque. Please contact us for further details.



Please note that the deposit is non-refundable. In the event that Government guidelines change and the retreat can’t go ahead, we will be offered an alternative date by the venue.


If you have to cancel your booking, we will do our best to find someone to take your place but we can’t guarantee this. If we can’t find anyone to take your place, we will need to retain your payment.


What writers have said about our retreats:


A wonderful breathing space for creative reflection


This is a great, practical course with friendly, kind and experienced tutors who really know their stuff


 I enjoyed every minute of this wonderful week, exciting, interesting and fun.