Writing Holidays 2020 and 2021




ASHBURNHAM Place, near Battle, East Sussex- imagine writing here!

 Another writing break is happened in early October. It was full and very well received.

Two more are scheduled for 2022 and one (so far) for 2023.  Read on to find out more.

Ashburnham's beautiful setting, space and prayerful atmosphere provide a safe, encouraging place for everyone to share new things together
 I  love to see people grow in confidence and friendship on the  writing holidays I lead and beautiful Ashburnham always
 provides a  safe, encouraging place for people to produce more than they thought  possible.
 It’s a delight to watch the Holy Spirit at work within all the creativity,
how He brings something different and often unexpected  each time and to each individual.

My themed morning workshops use pictures, words and music to  inspire you.
No writing experience is necessary, only something to write with and on, plus your willingness to have a go.
Afternoons are free to write, read, walk, chat, pray, doze,
then everyone shares some of that  day’s work in a small group before dinner.
There’s plenty of time to  laugh and relax over meals and during some DIY entertainment in the  evenings,
and we spend time in worship too.



The next Creative Writing Break at Ashburnham is scheduled there for February 1 - 4, 2022. That is starting with lunch on the Tuesday, meaning there’s time for writing on the first afternoon. We depart on the Friday, after breakfast.
 I’m so looking forward to that break and it is now on Ashburnham’s website: www.ashburnham.org.uk
The cost, everything included: 210 ensuite if you share a room or 240 single occupancy.
Booking is through Ashburnham’s website and Eventbrite or by phoning Ashburnham on 01424 892244 and asking for ‘Bookings’.

 My theme for both breaks in 2022 is ‘Roots and Routes’ and the dates for the second break that year are 13 - 16 September.

There’s another booked for 6 - 9 June 2023 but that will be on a different theme, one yet to be decided!

 Nigel and Julie Cameron joined John and myself on both of the 2019 writing breaks at Ashburnham, and the ones in autumn 2020 and 2021, helping to make them very special . They too love Ashburnham and we are delighted that they are able to be with us, helping in so many ways, on these other breaks that are planned
 Extremely talented, classically trained musicians, they often give us a concert with a Celtic theme, as well as leading some outstanding worship,
playing to inspire our writing, telling lots of amazing stories and generally acting as their Spirit-filled, inspiring selves
They even  joined in the writing too. See more on the websites of Sounds of Wonder, Celtish and Epiphany - some of the groups and organisations they work with.
Below is a view from the terrace and one of the three lakes on a frosty morning. Book for February and you may be treated to such sights! Ashburnham remains beautiful and inspiring whatever the season.



View from the terrace                                                                                                  One of Ashburnham’s lakes on a frosty March morning

Chris Leonard Writing