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A fairy-tale infused historical novel for adults set in the late 18 th century, moving between Imperial China and France during the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution, and inspired by the true story of a quest for a blood-red rose.

The novel will draw upon ‘The Blue Rose,’ a fairy tale set in China about a quest for an impossible rose.

A Writing Retreat and Literary Tour in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds

Sunday 27 August to Monday 4 September 2017
With Kate Forsyth 
in association with Bookshop Travel

CLICK HERE to download a full brochure with itinerary and cost.

Join author Kate Forsyth for a week in beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon, England, at a writing retreat designed to inspire and motivate you. If you wish to draw upon history and mythology in your work, or you dream of creating compelling tales filled with suspense and surprise, then you'll love this unique experience. 
Kate has written more than forty books, for all age groups and across many genres, and published in almost 20 countries. She has taught barefoot children in schools with dirt floors and lectured to academics at Oxford University. She has run writing retreats in Fiji, Greece and the Cotswolds, and given masterclasses from Aberystwyth to Alice Springs, Chicago to Chichester, Singapore to the Scottish Borders.
For seven days, Kate will share with you all the secrets she has learned about writing stories which fire the imagination, touch the heart, and keep readers turning the pages long into the night.
Whether you are working on a medieval supernatural thriller, a time travel romance, a children's fantasy adventure, a contemporary novel that draws on ancient myths or a historical novel about the lives of forgotten women ... you will discover your muse in this week-long inspirational retreat.


Here's what you'll learn:

The key conventions of the world's most popular literary genres (including historical fiction, crime and mystery, romance, fantasy and magic realism).
What rules to keep and what rules can be broken. 
What kind of research you need to do to bring life into your story.
Storytelling patterns and structures.  

The importance of voice, and how to find it. 
Building characters that are vivid and vital. 
Creating a strong sense of time and place. 
Suspense and the art of surprise. 
How to connect to your creative flow, and consistently find the time and space to write the story you've always dreamed of bringing to life.  

For seven days, from 9am to 12 noon, you will spend the mornings with Kate and the rest of the class talking, laughing, playing, reading, listening and learning about all aspects of creative writing, from first discovering your story to finding a publisher.

Your qualified Blue Badge tour guide will accompany you on four literary and historical cultural experiences, including a walking tour of Oxford, 'the city of dreaming spires', and visits to the secret villages of the Cotswolds, Stonehenge and Stratford-upon-Avon. 
You will also have plenty of time to daydream, write, read and explore on your own - and on the final night you will enjoy a farewell meal with your fellow writers, dining with a surprise Mystery Guest.


Package Details
What is included in the cost?  

Single Accommodation at The Shakespeare Hotel - Stratford-upon-Avon
Daily breakfast
Seven writing workshops with Kate Forsyth
Services of a Tour Manager
Selected reading extracts during the workshop
"Tasters" sent out by Kate Forsyth prior to the program commencing
Four Historical and Mystery tours with meals provided, with experienced Blue Badge guide Roger Bailey and Kate Forsyth
Welcome Dinner
Farewell Dinner with Mystery Guest

Price is AUD $8747 for single accommodation.

Your Tour Director and Writing Teacher - Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and has since sold more than a  million copies around the world. Her books include Bitter Greens, a retelling of Rapunzel which won the 2015 American Library Association Award for Best Historical Fiction, and The Wild Girl, the story of the forbidden romance behind the Grimm Brothers' famous fairy tales, which was named the Most Memorable Love Story of 2013. Her latest novel, Beauty in Thorns, was inspired by the passions, scandals and tragedies of the Pre-Raphaelites and will be released in July.

Recently voted one of Australia's Favourite 15 Novelists, Kate Forsyth has been called 'one of the finest writers of this generation'. Her books entwine history, mystery, romance and magic into spellbinding narratives. She has a BA in literature, a MA in creative writing and a doctorate in fairy tale studies, and is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers.

This retreat is for writers at any stage of their careers, from those who have always wanted to write but never found the time, to those who are already deeply immersed in a creative project and want to find the way to take it to the next level.


Contact Bookshop Travel today for a brochure including the itinerary details and more.
Telephone: +61 2 9922 2260


"Kate Forsyth leads you through a spectrum of spectacular backdrops in Oxford and exquisite landscapes in the Cotswolds to inspire you to keep the pace in a demanding week of lectures and audience participation. You are also introduced to food that you can only dream of."
Manfred Claasz
"Kate Forsyth is a brilliant presenter. She is knowledgeable, warm, smart and doesn't waste a moment. I loved her!"
Krys Saclier

The Writing in the Cotswolds retreat with Kate Forsyth was amazing. We stayed in the ridiculously picturesque village of Broadway in a 16th century hotel and lost ourselves in history and magic, visiting literary locations such as Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon. Kate's classes were incredibly helpful and covered a wide range of topics. With the skills I learnt I was able to achieve my writing goals - I finished my first novel and had it accepted into a national emerging writers mentorship program. I also met some wonderful people who have now become precious friends. What more could you ask for from a writing retreat? 
Emma Woods

Attending the History, Mystery and Magic writing retreat with Kate Forsyth has taken my writing to the next level.  The course in the Cotswold’s was exciting, fun and informative. I’ve made lifelong friends with the girls who attended and we've evolved into an online writing and critique group. Before the course with Kate, I could never grasp the essence of the structural edit, though I’d done many other courses. With Kate’s help and direction, I can now deconstruct my writing and sort out the messy first draft. Kate has an amazing ability to adapt her teaching to each student no matter where individuals are in their writing journey. I couldn’t recommend it strongly enough. I wish I could go again. 
Paul Beavan

The week-long course was educational and highly organised. I learnt more through Kate Forsyth's teaching than any other course I've undertaken and exceeded my expectations. She was a fantastic presenter, in group form and individual support. Kate kept me inspired, motivated, and she helped take my writing to the next level. The venue was fabulous, as were the optional tours. Nigel, our tour guide, was friendly and a true history buff. I have nothing but praise for this event. It was worth every cent.
Carol Warner

I could never have envisioned what a fantastic experience this overseas adventure could be prior to journeying to the Cotswolds. The mystery around what to expect  revealed that Kate is a knowledgeable and natural teacher. She is generous in sharing her wisdom and is incredibly encouraging. I quickly discovered what Kate has to offer cannot be learned from a book. She is a truly gifted author and to be on the receiving end of her teaching is a privilege. My imagination was ignited and I've been writing nearly every day ever since. The trip encompasses far more than inspiration in the classroom. It feels magical to be surrounded by like-minded people who equally are launching themselves on their journey to becoming an author. There is opportunity to further discuss writing, ideas and the books you love, while drinking in the stunning scenery, quaint cottages, flavoursome food and the Cotswolds culture. I loved being submerged in the history of this stunning part of the world. It was a unique learning experience through immersion, a career path was forged and life long memories and friendships were made.

Niamh Griffin

Here's a sneak peek at the wonderful week we had in the Costwolds in 2014. 

All enquiries and bookings must be made through BOOKSHOP TRAVEL