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One Day Writing Retreats in London


Time and space to write

No classes. No workshops. It’s all about you and your work

Rocket fuel for your writing

Hours of focused attention. No distractions, no chores


Fits into your life

Just one day, so it fits around work and life

Includes lunch and tasty treats to keep you going

Because… yum?

Central London location

Within 10 mins walk of Kings Cross and other stations

You want to write. Really you do.

If you could run away to Rome and write with the Italian sunlight streaming through your balcony doors you’d be in heaven.

You’d be so productive.

But there are bills to pay, work to do, things to clean, people to see and that dinner won’t make itself, will it?

Then there’s that small voice at the back of your head suggesting that maaaaaaybe you’re procrastinating…

We all need some help sitting down and actually doing it sometimes.

Imagine somewhere you could go to escape the normal world and just write for hours at a time.

No distractions.



London Urban Writers’ Retreat Dates

Saturday 28th March 2020


Saturday 25th April 2020


Important! If you need to change or cancel a one-day retreat, you will need to do so at least a fortnight ahead of your booked retreat date. If you find you’re not able to come after this date, you’re welcome to give/sell your spot to another writer.

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Where are the retreats located?

London retreats are held at:

Launch 22, 32 Cubitt St, WC1X 0LR. It’s around a 12 minute walk from Kings Cross, St Pancras, Angel or Russell Square tube stations, and very close to many bus routes.


It it wheelchair-accessible?

I’m really sorry, but no. I would love to run more accessible retreats, and if you have suggestions for accessible venues, please let me know at hello@urbanwritersretreat.co.uk.

How does it work?

Once your payment is completed through PayPal, your booking is confirmed. I’ll send out a goal-setting sheet and directions a few days before the retreat. When you arrive we’ll have a brief introduction in the morning, then everybody sits down to work on their own projects. The venue has desks, chairs, a kitchen to make tea/coffee and plenty of power points. I’ll provide lunch and snacks. All you need to bring is your laptop/notebooks and your writing project.

What if I run out of words?

That’s a common concern, but honestly, there’s only so long you can stare at a page with nothing else to do. Normally though, getting started and settling down to focus is the hardest thing. People are surprised at how things start to flow once they put their mind to writing, but there’s a selection of writing books including ones with creative prompt exercises if you need a boost.

Eek! It sounds scary!

Um. Yeah. I know what you mean. As a fellow writer and a definite scaredy-cat when it comes to groups of new people, I know that I’d be longing to go on a writing retreat but never quite brave enough to push the button. I promise we’re not that bad though! Pretty much everyone who comes to the retreats is lovely, and we won’t be offended if you don’t want to socialise in breaks (though you’ll have more fun if you do).

Still scared/anxious? I understand. Feel free to drop me an email, and we’ll make extra sure we greet you with a smile when you arrive.

Go on. You won’t regret it.

Can I change dates?

You can change dates (subject to availability) or get a full refund up to two weeks ahead of your booked retreat date. I’m very sorry, but I can’t give refunds or allow date changes after this point unless I’m able to find a replacement for your space. Alternatively, you’re welcome to give/sell your space to another writer – just let me know who’s coming in your place.