Writing Holidays 2019

 LEE ABBEY on the stunning Exmoor coast of North Devon


I returned to Lee Abbey to lead another writing holiday from 1 to 5 April, 2019.
In this view from the large grounds you can see what a wonderful place it is.
My theme for all my holidays’ writing inspiration this year is ‘Further up and further in’.
As ever they are not courses in how to write but provide space and inspiration for you,
your writing and your spirit to grow, whether or not you’ve written anything much previously.

We had a great time with 21 people producing some wonderful work.
The international community at Lee Abbey always provide great worship, entertainment,
and other outdoor and indoor activities you can attend when not in the writing sessions
which happen normally every morning and again for an hour before dinner
See www.leeabbeydevon.org.uk  Tel 01598 752621.

ASHBURNHAM, near Battle, East Sussex

 I am leading two creative writing holidays here in 2019 - 29 April to 3 May AND 4 to 8 November.
Cost for each is 268 standard room, 318 en-suite, with 33 off per person if two share a room.

My theme for both holidays is ‘Farther Up and Farther In’ which is inspired by (but by no means limited to)
 ‘The Last Battle’ - the finale of the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’  by CS Lewis

We’ve heard recently that Nigel and Julie Cameron are able to join our normal team of John and myself all week.
Extremely talented, classically trained musicians they will be giving a concert with a Celtic theme, leading worship,
playing to inspire our writing, probably doing some writing themselves too
and generally being their Spirit-filled, inspiring selves. They have some amazing stories to tell!
See more on the websites of Sounds of Wonder, Celtish and Epiphany - some of the groups and organisations they work with.
This is not a break to be missed! Tell your friends!
They hope to be able to do the same for the November break as well as this April / May but November is a long time ahead...

Ashburnham's beautiful setting, space and prayerful atmosphere provide a safe, encouraging place for everyone to share new things together
to create something rich, beautiful and unexpected.

P1020318-1Cross the bridge into this magical place...  DSCN3441


Chris loves to see people grow in confidence and friendship on the  writing holidays she leads 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.

Chris’ 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,
while the final evening proves a special time as we break  bread together.



I’m booked to lead two more writing breaks at Ashburnham in 2020, one 1 - 5 June and the other 19 - 23 October 2020.

 September 2018 was a wonderful time there and fully booked with 26 of us.


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

Writing holidays for writing friends

In 2016 and 2017 I led a lovely small writing holiday in SE Devon together with Judy Perry for a few of our writing friends. In March 2018 I led another from a base in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. Our venue there has more accommodation and we’ve used it successfully several times previously.

Ten of us enjoyed last year’s holiday together and did a lot of writing too! This time a great conference room that had been added made a wonderful writing space and prize-winning novelist Julie Cohen came to lead us in an excellent workshop one of the days as well. I won’t be leading this one in 2019 as I’ll be at Lee Abbey when it’s happening!


Chris Leonard Writing