Verse Kraken
Writing Retreats

Lyme Regis, 25-27th September 2020

Spend the weekend in the footsteps of Mary Anning and Jane Austen in our next city-based writing retreat. Expect to remix fossils and capture the city in new creative ways in this hands-on retreat.

If a multimedia writing retreat open to all genres of writing appeals to you, come and join us! You'll dig into history and geology, mix up past and present, and have the opportunity to experiment not just with your writing but with other art forms too.

Bring a smartphone or camera!

How it works

Our city-based retreats are self-managing in that participants are responsible for finding their own accommodation and food. Here's what the three days will look like:

Friday: Participants arrive in Lyme Regis. Meet late afternoon for a first workshop.

Saturday: Site-specific workshop in the morning. Second workshop in the late afternoon.

Sunday: Site specific workshop in the morning. Second workshop in mid-afternoon. Participants can head home from 5pm.

Outside of the workshops, participants are free to use their time as they wish, whether that means sitting in a café to people watch, continuing to work on their manuscript, exploring the city and surrounding landscape further, or catching up on their to-be-read pile. 

Workshop taster

Here are some examples of the types of workshops we are likely to host. We like to tailor retreats to the tastes and interests of participants so these can change:

  • Zine workshop with material drawn from Jane Austen's novels and letters, and Mary Anning's sketchbooks
  • Film poetry workshop in which participants will create a found poetry film from words found in the streets of Lyme Regis
  • A fossil hunting walk with writing prompts

We have chosen venues for our workshop which are wheelchair accessible and will be gathering access information from participants to make sure our workshops can be enjoyed by all. 

What this isn't

A critique-heavy weekend. While participants can share their drafts of work during workshops, we will not be offering detailed critiques. This retreat is designed to stimulate and generate new material, rather than edit it prematurely. 


This retreat costs £200 to attend. This includes tuition and excursions, but does not include accommodation, food or travel expenses. 

Our earlybird pricing (until 30th June 2020) is £150.

There is also one scholarship available which will cover the tuition fees. We are currently fundraising to contribute towards the travel and accommodation costs for a scholarship participant. The deadline for scholarship applications is 15th July. Please email to explain why you need it. We reserve the right to offer additional partial scholarships also.

If you need to crowdfund for your place at the retreat, there is some useful advice to be found here.