The Dell House and Handheld Press are pleased to offer a writing retreat for writers of life-writing, biography and memoir, with an evening talk from biographer Sarah LeFanu.
The retreats are for published authors and creative writing students. The minimum requirement for the retreat is that you have published at least one piece of your writing professionally, or that your creative writing has been examined at postgraduate level (or you are currently studying on such a course).
For a single person, the basic cost is £395. This covers:
There are up to six places available. This may be extended slightly but the aim is for a spacious retreat with just a few others to share our experiences and challenges with.
To apply for a place on this retreat please email Handheld Press with the following information:
Note that this information will be shared between Handheld Press and The Dell House.
Handheld Press will validate your application. The Dell House will manage the booking itself. In addition, you will need to pay the tutor directly for the review and mentoring session.
Assuming your application is accepted by Handheld Press, the Dell House will require payment of a non-returnable deposit of £100 to secure the booking. The balance will be due 4 weeks before the retreat. Booking of the review of your writing by the tutor, and payment for that, must be complete by the same date.
There are a range of rooms at the Dell House and we will be using all the B&B rooms and one of the self-catering apartments. This means that not all the rooms are en-suite.
All rooms are the same price. The rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis i.e. the best, appropriate, room will be allocated to the first person who booked, and so on in booking order.
From experience, we find that most attendees come on their own. It is perfectly possible to come as a couple, either as two writers or as writer and partner. Please get in contact if this applies to you. The prices given here assume individuals. The price per person for a couple will be less, but not dramatically so.
Sarah was born on the east coast of Scotland, was brought up there and in East Africa, and now lives in the West Country. In the 1980s and 1990s she was Senior Editor at The Women’s Press, where she was responsible for their innovative and highly-regarded science fiction list.
From 2004 to 2009 Sarah was Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival. She frequently chairs events for Bristol Ideas and the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival.
Photo: Jefferson Studios
Kate Macdonald, Handheld Press
Literary historian, editor, reviewer and a former lecturer in British literature and cultural history. She has published over fifty books, chapters and articles of her own research on twentieth-century British book history and publishing culture. As an editor she spent fifteen years helping other writers tell their stories, now she does this as a publisher.
It's safe to assume that Covid will remain an issue for the foreseeable future. We are taking a pragmatic approach. The environment is spacious and ventilated and there will only be, at most, 10 people present (six writers, four tutors & staff). However, we will be socialising and sharing the same space over an extended period. Given this, it is likely that:
There are no non-resident places.
The value of the retreat is to be away from all those distractions that plague us at home, so even if you live in Malvern, the retreat is residential.
The early 19th Century wasn't a time when designing houses for less able people was particularly prevalent. As a result the Dell House has a number of limitations. For details, see the Access Statement but, in summary:
There is no provision for dogs (other than assistance dogs) or any other pets at this retreat.
Yes, and it's worth being on it.
If you want to go on our emailing list (to be informed about future dates in advance) just drop us (the Dell House) a line.
Yes, subject to availability.
Elizabeth is vegetarian and veggie/vegan breakfasts is one of our specialities. We're happy to prepare something gluten-free when others are having pizza for example. With advance notice we are happy to provide soya products for dairy-free diets, etc. If your needs are a bit more specialist, just ask.
Diets we cannot provide for are specialities such as Halal and Kosher.
Our B&B Terms and conditions apply to all attendees.
Strictly speaking, the full cancellation terms apply and in particular the deposit is non-refundable. However, informally, we tend to use the following approach: