2018 Retreat Booking

Book Bound is a three-day, residential invitation-only writing retreat. We take applications from anyone, but only select those we feel are ready to take their writing to the next level. The next Book Bound Retreat takes place:

11-13 MAY 2018
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2018 fee covers

  • key note address
  • four intensive workshop sessions, with a maximum of eight writers per group
  • an in-depth one-on-one, examining your work
  • two presentations of practical tips to manage your author life
  • a multi-agent panel with time for networking
  • a ‘practice your pitch’ workshop
  • two nights in an inspiring 14th century mansion
  • either a private or a shared bathroom, depending on fee level
  • all of your meals – the venue specialise in exceptional vegetarian cuisine that is all grown and prepared on site. If you would like a meat option or have other special dietary requirements there is a small additional charge
  • towels and linens
  • a workbook based on the course
  • Each application will be reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
  • You’ll wait no longer than two weeks for a response, and it may be much faster
  • The retreat focuses on fiction from early readers through to Young Adult fiction – no picture books

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“I’m proof this course works, but don’t take my word for it.”
— Sarah Baker


  • Applicants are asked to submit via email an application, synopsis, cover letter and the first 4,000 words of their novel. Download the Book Bound Application And Terms 2018
  • This retreat is for writers who have mastered the basics and are ready to take their writing to the next level
  • If you have any questions, please email bookboundretreat@gmail.com


  • £450 for a shared bedroom with one other person and a shared bathroom with no more than two other people
  • £550 per person for a private bedroom with a shared bathroom with no more than two others
  • £600 per person for a private bedroom and bathroom (not necessarily en suite)

Please note that Book Bound does not have any financial relationship with agents or publishers with regard to writers. Our programme is a one-off fee.

Read a round up of our 2014 retreat here.