1. Screenwriting in Scotland
Scotland’s creative writing centre, Moniack Mhor, is set among Highland scenery near Inverness. The house has 10 single rooms and a twin, with an adjacent straw bale studio for workshops. The August course aims to demystify the art of writing for film and television, with screenwriters Hugh Stoddart and Line Langebek.
Screenwriting course from about Dh2,500 for five nights including all meals. Aug 12-17 2019. Moniack Mhor (moniackmhor.org.uk).
2. Writing and reading in Spain
Up to 12 people can join a literary retreat at 10-room Casa Ana in Andalucia, tutored by Sri Lankan-born British author and Mann Booker finalist Romesh Gunesekera.
Literary Adventure 2019 from about Dh3,700 for six nights B&B, including picnic lunches and two evening meals. Excludes flights and transfers. September 7-13 2019. Literary Consultancy (literaryconsultancy.co.uk).
3. Scriptwriting in Tuscany
Television comedy writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran oversee a week-long course at The Watermill at Posara, 90km north of Pisa with two self-contained apartments.
Scriptwriting from about Dh7,650 for seven nights full board, with transfers but not flights. Sept 7-14 2019. The Watermill at Posara (watermill.net).
4. Kids’ stuff in Wiltshire
The course at Marlborough College Summer School takes a practical look at creating books aimed at all ages. While focusing primarily on writing, tutor Alison Sage also considers the role of illustration.
Writing and illustrating books for children is about Dh950, course only. Accommodation from about Dh1,750 for six nights full-board from Aug 4-10 2019. Summerschool.co.uk.
5. Novel Writing in Dorset
Marshwood Manor in the Vale of Marshwood is the venue for a series of writing retreats. A novel-writing course includes a mix of morning lessons, one-to-one sessions and after-dinner readings. Guests are allocated their own private rooms in shared cottages.
The Full English Novel Writing Course from Dh4,545 for seven nights half-board. Feb 2-9 2020. The Novelry (thenovelry.com).
6. Words and art in Umbria
Ways With Words offers two weeks in Italy. Based at the 18th-century Villa Pia nestled between Tuscany and Umbria, the first week combines a writing and Italian language course; the second week focuses on writing and art.
Italy – Writing, Art and Italian Language Holidays from about Dh4,700 for seven nights including all meals, transfers. Sept 21-28 and Sept 28-Oct 5 2019; wayswithwords.co.uk.
7. Poetry and prose on Iona
Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the writing retreats led by poet, author and painter Roselle Angwin on Iona, a small island off Scotland’s west coast. A women-only group departing next spring has a maximum of 14 places available.
Islands of the Heart – women only from about Dh1,840, course only. Accommodation at the Argyll Arms Hotel from about Dh230 per person, per night B&B. April 28-May 5 2020; roselle-angwin.co.uk.
8. Short stories in Wales
Founded in 1990, the National Writing Centre of Wales’ course is based in a six-bedroom house in Llanystumdwy near Criccieth. It covers the fundamentals of creating a plot, narrative structure and editing.
Writing Short Stories from about Dh1,980 for four nights including all meals. Nov 11-15 2019. Tŷ Newydd National Writing Centre of Wales (tynewydd.wales).
9. Autobiography in Yorkshire
Garsdale Retreat is a creative writing centre with seven rooms in the main house and the adjoining coach house. In September, memoir writer Catherine Simpson oversees a "life writing" (autobiography) course, with individual tutorials.
Memoir and Life Writing — Telling Your Story, about Dh3,220 for five nights including all meals. Sept 9-14 2019; thegarsdaleretreat.co.uk.
The Sunday Telegraph