Writing courses at Chez Castillon

Guests on retreat at Chez Castillon. L-R: Clare Mackintosh, Katie Fforde, AJ Pearce, Louise Harwood, Jane Wenham-Jones, Jo Thomas, Betty Orme, Fiona Field, Judy Astley

Guests on retreat at Chez Castillon. L-R: Clare Mackintosh, Katie Fforde, AJ Pearce, Louise Harwood, Jane Wenham-Jones, Jo Thomas, Betty Orme, Fiona Field, Judy Astley

The following courses are held at Chez Castillion in the beautiful Dordogne region of south-west France. Places are limited so do book early.

Pitch and sell your novel 

  • Date:  18th – 24th March 2017
  • Host: Jane Wenham-Jones
  • CHEZ CASTILLONVenue: Chez Castillon, 7 Rue Victor Hugo, 33350 Castillon-la-Bataille, France – see http://www.chez-castillon.com.
  • Cost: £950  per person fully-inclusive of 6 nights’ accommodation, wine and food. Excluding flights and transfers.
  • Details: For those with a finished or near-completed novel, ready to send out. This course will take you through everything you need to know for a successful submission, including tackling the dreaded synopsis, writing an attention-grabbing covering letter, creating a snappy pitch, identifying the right agent and editing techniques which will keep that commissioning editor turning the page. All students will be helped to make at least one submission before they return home. Suitable for all genres, this includes the chance to pitch live to a literary agent! So get writing and make this your deadline now!
    (Day students also welcome – please ask for details)
  • Added extras:
    • Meet the Agent – we are also planning a visit from leading literary agent,David Headley, who runs the successful DHH Agency, will give us an inside perspective on the whole business of selling a manuscript and offer his tips for successful submissions.
    • Optional trip to nearby Saint Emilion. Visit this gorgeous hilltop town and see the home of the world-famous French wines.

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Then Jane will be hosting various events including celebrity interviews at Chipping Norton Literature Festival from 27th to 30th April 2017.

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In May 2017, Jane will be running an author-led retreat 5-11 May 2017

“Sometimes a course isn’t what you want. Sometimes you just want space. To write, to paint, to meditate, to read, or simply to catch up on sleep. Chez Castillon is quiet and as far removed from everyday life as it is possible to be. Join us for a long weekend or a week, and find out how it feels to leave real life behind. Our tutors can offer guided retreats, giving you the space and time to work on your own projects, but with one-to-one tutorials to help solve those tricky problems. It’s the best of both worlds, so if you’re interested drop us a line.”

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Jane will then be hosting various events including celebrity interviews at the Whit Lit Fest in autumn 2017.

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Write And Sell Short Stories

  • Chez CastillonDate: Thursday 5th to Wednesday 11th October 2017
  • Host: Jane Wenham-Jones
  • Venue: Chez Castillon, 7 Rue Victor Hugo, 33350 Castillon-la-Bataille, France – see http://www.chez-castillon.com/course/write-and-sell-short-storiesoct-2015.
  • Cost: £950 per person fully-inclusive of 6 nights’ accommodation, wine and food. Excluding flights and transfers.
  • Details: This practical, five day course will introduce you to the craft of writing successful short stories for competition entry and/or the women’s magazine market. Sessions will cover generating ideas, matching your style to the market, preparing a manuscript for publication and how to approach an editor. Students will aim to complete the course with a finished story which they will be helped to submit to a suitable publication. Once again, we are thrilled to announce the support of Gaynor Davies, Fiction Editor at Woman’s Weekly, who has generously agreed to consider all completed stories after the course and supply individual feedback. This is a unique opportunity to have your material read by a top professional. Suitable for beginners to experienced writers. (Day students also welcome – please ask for details)

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Example daily timetable for courses:

  • A 3-hour workshop
  • 3 hours of personal writing time in the afternoon
  • 1-1.5 hours of group/one-to-one chat, feedback, editing, group critique & support

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Writing from Life

Make this the year you start writing your memoirs, or use your life experience to inspire a novel or short stories 

  • CHEZ CASTILLONDate: TBA January 2018
  • Venue: Chez Castillon, 7 Rue Victor Hugo, 33350 Castillon-la-Bataille, France – see http://www.chez-castillon.com
  • Cost: 350 Euros per person
  • Course description: As a precious gift to leave the family, for publication  or just to take a joyful trip down memory lane,  more and more people are choosing to record the highs and lows of their life experience for future generations to learn from and enjoy. With some memoirs  famously becoming bestsellers! Whether you’ve had an inspiring career, a challenging personal life, known great joy  or impossible sadness, travelled or met a fascinating cast of characters along the way, everyone has a story to tell. Use yours in a novel, a short story, an article or start those memoirs… This course will help you evoke your memories, and bring them to life in readable form for your own satisfaction, your  relatives’ or – who knows – a much wider audience….
  • Thursday evening: Welcome drinks, canapes and talk: Getting Started as a Writer…
  • Friday to Sunday: Morning coffee & croissants, Three hour group workshop, Two-course lunch and chat with special farewell lunch and feedback session on Sunday. There will be also be time for individual consultation and advice will be available on self-publication if wished.
  • Sterling price and/or Dinner, Bed & Breakfast rate available on request.

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For more information on any of these courses, see www.chez-castillon.com 

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