Creative Writing Retreat – Valencia and the Balearics
Join at Valencia, Spain
Leave from Ibiza, Balearics, Spain
Enjoy a workshop against the backdrop of Valencia’s iconic city of Arts & Sciences
Cycle through the Turia river gardens up to the heart of the old town
Learn the ropes and be part of the crew on the yacht
Experience an offshore passage, sailing from Valencia to Ibiza
Write in the peace of secluded Mediterranean anchorages
Great writing is all about imagination and surprise and there’s no better way to free your mind than to escape to sea. From the birth of Western literature with The Odyssey, to contemporary narratives, the sea continues to inspire. For those who dream of being a writer, we’re offering the ultimate travel package to help unlock that potential.
As an active member of the crew – under the guidance of your professional skipper – you’ll explore this beautiful region on a custom-built yacht. Beginning in the beguiling city of Valencia, we’ll then enjoy an exciting passage to Ibiza before sailing from bay to bay, sleeping in peaceful Mediterranean anchorages and venturing ashore to explore the islands.
This adventure provides a unique chance to enjoy a truly different perspective as we look in on the land from our home at sea and comprises a week on-board a 65′ yacht with award-winning poet and playwright Adam Wyeth, author of three books The Art of Dying (2016), The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry (2013) and Silent Music (2011).
The region, rich in history and myth, has been drawing writers for centuries. Adam has created a unique series of workshops with fun exercises and games, many of which will be inspired by the sea and mythology. With onshore visits to ancient sites and villages, there’ll be plenty of opportunity to fire up the imagination.
The atmosphere is inclusive and creative, and as intensive or laid back as participants wish to make it. The workshops are suitable for those with previous experience or complete beginners. Group sessions will be complemented by one-to-one tutorials. During your stay you’ll be an active crew member as we sail the Mediterranean.
We welcome up to eight guests, sleeping in two double & two twin cabins (all en-suite). A single cabin supplement is applicable for those wishing to secure a private space. The retreat includes 8 days & 7 nights aboard yacht KS and full creative writing programme. There will be plenty of free time to swim, snorkel, read, walk, explore, paint or do what it is you love to do.
Workshop exercises will include:
- The art of speed writing or stream of consciousness writing.
- Finding your voice.
- Keeping it symbol: Exploring how symbolism can deepen your work.
- Plotting and shaping a short story or novel.
- Characterisation, conflict and angle.
- Avoiding cliché and subverting it.
- The importance of myth and giving it a modern twist.
- Tackling poetry forms.
- Looking at metaphor and simile.
- Rewriting, editing, polishing.
- Using literature as models and springboards for writing.
All you need is paper and pen and your imagination. As well as writing and sailing, there will be plenty of time for other activities: to swim, explore or simply relax.
Writer in Residence: Adam Wyeth
Drawing inspiration from these stunning locations, Adam will explore key writing topics, including general hints and tips, plot development, characterisation, sensory perception in descriptive writing and the role of metaphor and myth, to name a few. The workshop will be conducted through a series of group sessions and one-to-one tutorials, with Adam on-hand to help with any problems. Under his expert eye, participants will have the opportunity to explore style, ideas and development.
Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)
Waterproof sailing kit
Clothes for on-board and on shore
A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)
A water bottle
Sun glasses (polarized)
Sun cream – SPF50+
Small quick dry towel
USB cord to charge your phone
Printed out Insurance details
Any medication you require