A literary experience you’ll never forget! Here is the date for the next Writing Retreats in the Cotswolds with Kate Forsyth:

Friday 22 September to Friday 24 September 2023

Spring is the perfect time to explore the beautiful Cotswolds.  Visit glorious gardens and manor houses, drive through thatched villages bursting with daffodils, & tramp through beech woods carpeted with wild bluebells. Watch lambs frolicking in spring meadows, and fawns taking their first steps in the forest. Eat the very best spring produce, and experience England at its most enchanting.

Jenny Gordon
Better Read Literary Tours
[email protected]


Join internationally bestselling author Kate Forsyth for a week in beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, at a writing retreat designed to help you re-discover your creativity and joy in writing.

This retreat is for writers at any stage of their careers, from those who have always wanted to write but never found the time, to those who are deeply immersed in a creative project and want to find the way to boost it to the next level.

Spend your mornings talking, listening, laughing and playing with words with Kate and your fellow students. Spend your afternoons exploring the glorious countryside of Oxford and the Cotswolds, a landscape that has inspired some of the world’s most beloved authors.

Discover Oxford, ‘the city of dreaming spires’, and have a restorative ale in the pub where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien first shared their enchanted worlds. Walk the streets where Shakespeare once trod, and read the curse he cast on anyone who disturbed his grave. Wander through some of England’s most beautiful gardens, and be inspired by the romantic setting of castles and yew mazes, mysterious circles of standing stones, and haunted manor halls.

Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history

You will be staying in the 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.

What You Will Learn

For seven days, Kate will share with you all the secrets she has learned about writing stories which fire the imagination, touch the heart, and keep readers turning the pages long into the night.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Storytelling patterns and structures
  • Research techniques to help you bring your story to life
  • The importance of voice, and how to find it
  • Building characters that are vivid and vital
  • Creating a strong sense of time and place
  • Suspense and the art of surprise
  • How to connect to your creative flow, and consistently find the time and space to write the story you’ve always dreamed of bringing to life

For seven days, from 9am to 12noon, you will write, read, listen, learn and discuss all aspects of creative writing, from first discovering your story to finding a publisher.

Jenny Gordon
Better Read Literary Tours
[email protected]


“Kate Forsyth leads you through a spectrum of spectacular backdrops in Oxford and exquisite landscapes in the Cotswolds to inspire you to keep the pace in a demanding week of lectures and audience participation. You are also introduced to food that you can only dream of.”
Manfred Claasz

“Kate Forsyth is a brilliant presenter. She is knowledgeable, warm, smart and doesn’t waste a moment. I loved her!”
Krys Saclier

The Writing in the Cotswolds retreat with Kate Forsyth was amazing. We stayed in the ridiculously picturesque village of Broadway in a 16th century hotel and lost ourselves in history and magic, visiting literary locations such as Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon. Kate’s classes were incredibly helpful and covered a wide range of topics. With the skills I learnt I was able to achieve my writing goals – I finished my first novel and had it accepted into a national emerging writers mentorship program. I also met some wonderful people who have now become precious friends. What more could you ask for from a writing retreat?
Emma Woods

Attending the History, Mystery and Magic writing retreat with Kate Forsyth has taken my writing to the next level. The course in the Cotswold’s was exciting, fun and informative. I’ve made lifelong friends with the girls who attended and we’ve evolved into an online writing and critique group. Before the course with Kate, I could never grasp the essence of the structural edit, though I’d done many other courses. With Kate’s help and direction, I can now deconstruct my writing and sort out the messy first draft. Kate has an amazing ability to adapt her teaching to each student no matter where individuals are in their writing journey. I couldn’t recommend it strongly enough. I wish I could go again.
Paul Beavan

The week-long course was educational and highly organised. I learnt more through Kate Forsyth’s teaching than any other course I’ve undertaken and exceeded my expectations. She was a fantastic presenter, in group form and individual support. Kate kept me inspired, motivated, and she helped take my writing to the next level. The venue was fabulous, as were the optional tours. Nigel, our tour guide, was friendly and a true history buff. I have nothing but praise for this event. It was worth every cent.
Carol Warner

I could never have envisioned what a fantastic experience this overseas adventure could be prior to journeying to the Cotswolds. The mystery around what to expect revealed that Kate is a knowledgeable and natural teacher. She is generous in sharing her wisdom and is incredibly encouraging. I quickly discovered what Kate has to offer cannot be learned from a book. She is a truly gifted author and to be on the receiving end of her teaching is a privilege. My imagination was ignited and I’ve been writing nearly every day ever since. The trip encompasses far more than inspiration in the classroom. It feels magical to be surrounded by like-minded people who equally are launching themselves on their journey to becoming an author. There is opportunity to further discuss writing, ideas and the books you love, while drinking in the stunning scenery, quaint cottages, flavoursome food and the Cotswolds culture. I loved being submerged in the history of this stunning part of the world. It was a unique learning experience through immersion, a career path was forged and life long memories and friendships were made.
Niamh Griffin



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