‘Find your Inspiration’ – Creative Writing Retreat
Hosted by Melvin Burgess & Dr. Lucy Christopher.
Join this creative writing retreat in glorious Mexico! Bestselling authors and professional teachers, Melvin Burgess and Dr. Lucy Christopher are there to help you 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 also 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 creative writing retreat 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 2,575 USD per person
- 7 days of writing workshops and individual tuition
- Evening events
- Horseback Riding
- All meals and drinks incl. National alcoholic beverages
- 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!
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
Hasta la Vista
Melvin & Lucy