October 14 – 21, 2017
“Creative Writing Retreat – Find Your Inspiration!”

Hosted by MELVIN BURGESS & LUCY CHRISTOPHER both Award-Winning Writers…

Join the bestselling authors and professional teachers, Melvin Burgess and Dr. Lucy Christopher, in glorious Mexico to find your writing inspiration!

Through exercises, workshops, lectures, one-on-one personalised tutorials, fieldwork and “serious play” in this amazing setting, Melvin and Lucy will introduce some of the key components for beginning, or developing, creative work. They will discuss how to find an original voice, how to push boundaries, as well as how basic elements such as character, setting and plot can enliven and deepen a creative piece. Come prepared to experiment, begin new work, and open your mind to the fun of creative writing!

Although Melvin and Lucy are specialists in children’s and YA fiction, this course is suitable for writers of all forms, as well as those working on young people’s fiction. Working in a small group, this will be a specialist, intense and hugely enjoyable course, absolutely tailored to the group’s needs. Depending on the ability, and desires, of the group, Melvin and Lucy may also conduct some teaching and research activities in the field, perhaps even on horseback!

Melvin and Lucy are hugely experienced writers and teachers of Creative Writing. Melvin has published over twenty books, which have been nominated for all the most prestigious awards for young people’s fiction, and has frequently been called the “Godfather of YA” in Great Britain. In short, he is a living legend! Lucy has published three novels for young adults, as well as numerous short stories for young people and adults. She is Senior Lecturer on the prestigious Masters Course in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, where she earned her own MA and PhD in Creative Writing. Lucy and Melvin are known as a bit of a ‘dream team’, developing a blossoming partnership of writing retreats all over the world. They are even writing their own book together!

Unlike most Creative Writing courses, Rancho Las Cascadas offers a luxury experience. Amazingly, this retreat includes absolutely everything (even excursions!). You just need to focus on YOU and YOUR writing and what you need for that, we’ll take care of the rest!

Cost 2175 USD per person – Single occupancy

All inclusive: 7 days of writing workshops and individual tuition, evening events, excursions, horses riding, yoga, all meals and drinks and alcohol, luxury accommodation, airport transfers

All you have to do is turn up with a laptop and a smile and be ready for some Creative Play!

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A typical Day could consist of:

7am – 8am – early “Writing Ride” with the horses, or yoga session

8am – 9am – Breakfast on the Terrace

9am – 12pm – Morning Creative Writing Workshop

This could be on character, voice, setting, research, plot, dialogue – we will decide on the first night how exactly we should tailor our tuition (depending on what you want!)

12.30 – Lunch beside the waterfall

1pm – 7pm

Individual Tutorial Slot with the Creative Writing Tutor/s

And / or

Free Time for writing stories, riding horses, doing yoga, relaxing by the pool, excursion to a local village, getting inspired, sleeping … the choice is yours!

Tutor/s may also join in an afternoon ride with the students if time permits

7.30pm – Mexican Dinner

After Dinner – Evening Talk or entertainment

If you want to discuss this further please contact Lucy or Melvin through the Mexican Creative Writing Retreat Facebook Page (facebook.com/MexicanWritingRetreat) or Lucy direct on Lucy@lucychristopher.com

For booking and enquiries, contact Jenny at the Rancho on info@rancholascascadas.com

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