Writers Retreat – 27th-29th January 2017

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Looking to get your teeth into writing in the New Year?
Never written before?
Already published but looking for other avenues?

This writing retreat is for you.

The writers retreat is all inclusive, which means the only thing you’ll have to pay for is alcoholic drinks at the bar (if you need a tipple).

The retreat is restricted to just 19 places.  These will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Price: £350 – which can be paid in installments.

If you chose to pay in installments there is a non-refundable deposit to confirm booking of: £100 – please call 01472 348909 if you wish to pay in installments or email us using the “contact us” details.

More details available in the information tabs below.

By buying this product you can collect up to 350 loyalty points, which will be worth £17.50 to spend on your next purchase.

Over the weekend you’ll take part in tailored writing workshops, and be given the chance to participate in some exciting new themed workshops too.

Each workshop is designed to give you a working practical knowledge enabling you to write realistic prose and stories that will sell.

There is also the chance to have fun at a live murder mystery evening hosted at the same venue on the Saturday night.

Writing workshops will be tailored to the individual participants but will cover topics like:

Understanding your readership and genre
Where to start writing
Structuring your plot
Creating your characters
Pace and scene-setting
Writing better dialogue
Self-editing and feedback
Self-publishing vs. traditional publishing

Specialist workshops include:

Writing Romance / Erotica
Writing for Young Adults
Forensic Science for Beginners
Marketing your book
Writing for other media
Writing murder mystery games

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Set in 36 acres of stunning Lincolnshire countryside, Healing Manor Hotel is the ideal spot for a writers getaway. The rooms are sizable, all ensuite, and each room includes a desk – perfect for writers! Wifi comes as standard in of all the rooms.

The venue is easily accessible by the train or road, just a 10 minute walk away from the nearest station, and with easy access to the M180.
Meals are all included in the retreat and vegetarian and other dietary needs can be catered for. Just let us know in advance!

There is also a fully wheelchair accessible bedroom available if required.

Healing Manor,
Stallingborough Rd,
North East Lincolnshire
DN41 7QF

Diane Hall

Developmental editor and publishing consultant Diane Hall is the author of three books; she has also ghost-written books for others and created a plethora of content, on more subjects than you could care to imagine, for numerous clients since the beginning of her career. She is proud to have fundamentally shaped series of books and more than a hundred individual titles over the last decade.

Among her editing qualifications, she holds a linguistics diploma, which involves the study of language and speech. Diane employs this knowledge in the forensic linguistic work she sometimes undertakes. Diane has seen the introduction and subsequent rise of self-publishing,and passionately keeps abreast of its disruption of the publishing industry. She is a thought leader when it comes to the future of book marketing, fueled by the poor results authors see when employing traditional techniques.


Jo Smedley

Described by the local press as “a not so serious serial killer,” Jo Smedley is a successful Murder Mystery game author and the Managing Director of Red Herring Games.

A fictional assassin, Jo Smedley writes and develops murder mystery games for all ages and all type of events.

She has written bespoke games for hotels, multi-national corporations, private parties and fundraising events in the UK, USA and Australia, and her games are sold world wide. She was comissioned to write the murder mystery evening for this year’s Agatha Christie Festival, and delivered the murder mystery for TOWIE back in 2012.

She’s just finished her first full length murder mystery novel and is mid-pitch to agents.


Kerry Drewery

Kerry lives in Lincolnshire between the countryside and the sea, in a house filled with books, films and dogs. Before writing full-time she was a BookStart Co-ordinator for BookTrust and got to read picture books to children all day. She was also a finalist in a BBC ScriptWriting for Children competition and has a first class honours degree in Professional Writing. She leads young people’s writing groups for Writing East Midlands and is the co-organiser of the UKYA Extravaganza events.

Her first YA novel, A BRIGHTER FEAR was published in 2012 by HarperCollins in the UK and Callenbach in the Netherlands.

Her second YA novel, A DREAM OF LIGHTS (2013), was also published by HarperCollins and Callenbach. It was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, awarded Highly Commended at the North East Teen Book Awards and shortlisted for the Hampshire Independent Schools Book Award.

She has a new novel Cell 7 coming out later this year.

Anna Sky

Anna Sky is a writer of mostly BDSM and spanking erotica. She lives in West Yorkshire with her partner Stephen, and their unruly hound. Having been an avid reader of erotica for years, she started writing in 2012, and a whole world of naughty words and possibilities opened up. She’s been published by Peaches Press, House of Erotica, For Books’ Sake, Loveslave and more, and has been accepted for multiple upcoming anthology releases. She also self-publishes her own erotica collections, including Naughty Shorts and Wicked Games.

She regularly attends readings and erotica events in the UK but can also be found behind the dim light of her filthy Kindle late into the night, seeing what naughty words her fellow authors have come up with. Apart from that she’s (in no particular order) a geek, red wine drinker, poi hurler, Firefly fan, has a very dirty laugh and loves to perform research for her stories!


Clean white teeth again... it won't last. I like cups of tea too much.
Busy sorting supporting accessories for this year's @CrimeFest . Should all be ready for dispatch tomorrow. Who is… https://t.co/neeiMMlQ0j
From customer today "wow, such excellent customer service. I can see why so many of your customers come back time and again"
@dconama Who you going to kill? I always have this question first on my list with a wedding. Bridegroom always say… https://t.co/zTAp2Ty3fG
@devilsgalpal If you need help finding the right one just ask!
Rain AGAIN?? When will the lawn ever be dry enough to mow??
RT @GeorginaGrogan_: We’ve been reviewing a 1920s murder mystery party game and it’s so much fun! Coming to the blog next week ❤️ https://t…
RT @GeorginaGrogan_: Had a great new playing murder mystery from @Redherringgames! https://t.co/SaT8UsWe8M
Note to self.. . Remember to photograph plotting sheets. That way I can read them anywhere and work without them.
Loving murder at blood mansion card game. Best new game to our house in a while. Worth the wait. Kickstarter funded… https://t.co/I8ZJt0j3lB

Flexible and fun!

We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
  • "Enjoyed the evening entertainment!"
  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
With thanks and best wishes.

Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

Alan Young (Personal Touch Mortgages)

What a cracking nights entertainment! We don't get out much nowadays with 2 kids and this was exactly what we were looking for in a good night out. Lots of fun with tongue firmly in cheek and everyone kept guessing whodunnit right to the very end. Would definitely attend another!!!!!  


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