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A Writing Retreat and Literary Tour in Oxford and the Cotswolds

Sunday 27 August to Sunday 3 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 a beautiful village in the Cotswolds, England, and a writing retreat to inspire and motivate you. If you’re writing fiction and want to explore history and mythology, or if you wish to instil a little magic and wonder in your writing, then you’ll love this unique experience.

For six days - from 9am-12 noon - you will write, read, listen, learn and discover 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. 


Visit the Bodleian Library, which featured in the famous Harry Potter films. Wander through some of England’s most beautiful gardens, and have a restorative ale in the pub where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien first shared their enchanted worlds. 
Be inspired by the romantic setting of castles and yew mazes, mysterious circles of standing stones, and haunted manor halls. 

Staying in beautiful accommodation in a classic English village, there will be plenty of free time for you to dream and imagine and ponder and play. 

In the afternoons you will be able to write in the solitude and quiet of your own room, potter around the lovely village of Broadway alone, 
or join the group to discover the most fascinating historical and literary sites that Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds have to offer.

CLICK HERE to download a brochure with all the information you need. 

Whether you are writing a medieval supernatural thriller, or a time travel romance, or exploring the cobwebby corners of forgotten history and mythology … you’ll discover a whole new world of writing in this course.

Your Tour Director and Writing Teacher – Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the bestselling, award-winning author of 39 books, published in 17 countries
Recently voted one of Australia's Favourite 15 Novelists, she has been called ‘one of the finest writers of this generation’. 
Her books entwine history, mystery, romance and magic into a spellbinding whole. 

The Beast's Garden is a retelling of the Grimm brothers' version of 'Beauty & the Beast, set in Nazi Germany.

The Wild Girl tells the story of star-crossed lovers Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, who told him many of the world’s most famous fairy-tales. It was named Most Memorable Love Story of 2013 by Australian readers. 

Bitter Greens was called ‘the best fairy tale retelling since Angela Carter’, and won the American Library Association Award for Best Historical Fiction in 2015. 

Kate’s books for children include The Impossible QuestThe Gypsy Crown and The Puzzle Ring, called 'a richly told tale of history, magic and intrigue by a wonderful storyteller.’ 


Kate has spoken at conferences and festivals around the world, including at Oxford University. She has run writing retreats in Australia, Fiji, and Greece, and taught writing from Scotland to Singapore, Chicago to Chichester. 

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

Endorsements from THE HISTORY, MYSTERY & MAGIC TOUR 2014

There's nothing like this writing workshop in the enchanting village of Broadway. Kate is the most inspirational and knowledgeable teacher, who is exceedingly generous with her time. Attending this course allowed my writing to jump forward leaps and bounds. With the gorgeous scenery of the Cotswolds to wander around in, and an excellent tour guide who helped us explore this beautiful part of the world, this was the most amazing experience!

Nicole Priest

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. 

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