Kent Festival of Writing Retreat

Sunday 1 October, 9.30am-4pm

Do you need to kick start a writing project? Have you lost your writing mojo? Do you just need time to write? And think?

Then join us at Driftwood Beach House in Whitstable for a day of writing, brainstorming, with refreshments, lunch, blandishments and goal setting writing sprints with cheerleader authors Peggy Riley and Marnie Summerfield Smith.

Option 1: For fiction Writers – with Peggy Riley, author of AMITY & SORROW and creative writing tutor

Includes a session on organising and planning up front, before starting writing/editing (are you a planner or a pantser?) –taking a look at helpful tools including long paper, index cards, post-its, excel, scapple and scrivener/ulysses and pomodoro software.  Throughout the day of writing there will be timed sprints, and talking through ways to generate prompts while you write  – and, most importantly QUIET TIME TO WRITE!

Option 2: For memoir writers – with ghost writer and memoir mentor Marnie Summerfield Smith of 

You will be part of an intimate group who are either thinking about or already writing their life story. There will be time to write and share for those who wish to, with advice and encouragement provided by Marnie. There is also the opportunity to discuss your memoir via Skype/phone call with Marnie beforehand.

 For an additional £40, Marnie will read and provide feedback on an extract up to 8,000 words and spend a private 1-hr session with you on the previous Saturday (30 Sept). We have three of Driftwood’s unique rooms available for you to book* so that you can stay in this inspiring setting, write to your heart’s content or enjoy an evening in wonderful Whitstable, before the full Sunday retreat. This is a special opportunity to devote the whole weekend to the story inside you. Eight places available only.

 Call Marnie on 07710 721389 or email for more information.

Included on Sunday 1st October:

Refreshments throughout the day and a lasagne lunch with bread and salad.

Cost: £40.00  – 9.30am-4pm (with an additional £40 for Marnie’s Saturday option)

To book:

Option 1: Fiction writing with Peggy click on the link here to book

Option 2: Memoir writing with Marnie – via

*To book accommodation with Driftwood Beach House, please book direct by 15 May – via or 01227 638291

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