Writing Holidays

 ASHBURNHAM, near Battle, East Sussex

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.

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                                                                    Creative Writing Break with Chris Leonard

                                      Monday 10th September 4:30pm to Friday 14th September 9:30am - w had a wonderful time, fully booked with 26 of us

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.

To book for next year (see below) go to Ashburnham Place Website: http://www.ashburnham.org.uk/individual-retreats/programme-events-diary

Or phone or write to them


The terrace at Ashburnham


One of Ashburnham’s lakes on a frosty March morning


Writing holiday 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. I’ve returned recently from leading another amidst the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. Our venue there has more accommodation and we’ve used it successfully several times before, having led these holidays together every year bar one since 2006!

Ten of us enjoyed this 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!

                  Writing holidays in 2019 and two just booked for 2020!

I am leading two creative writing breaks at Ashburnham in 2019: 29 April to 3 May and 4 to 8 November 

I am also delighted to be returning to Lee Abbey in north Devon, to lead one from 1 to 5 April, 2019. Their brochure is just out or look at leeabbeydevon.org.uk  The title of my break is ‘Further up, Further in’ and it costs between 268 to 328 all in, depending on which kind of room you choose.

Breaking news as of August 2018 is that I’m booked to lead two more writing breaks at Ashburnham in 2020, one 1 - 5 June and the other 19 - 23 October 2020



Chris Leonard Writing