All of our courses are designed and delivered by published, award-winning authors who are also experienced teachers and editors. 

Whether you're an absolute beginner or have already written many stories, our courses can help you take your writing to the next level.


What former students have said

Excellent course

Sallie Anderson (The Novel Creator Pilot Course)

"An excellent course. Each tutorial brought into focus different aspects of creating a successful novel. It made my writing stronger as I was guided through the novel-writing process."

First rate

Cat Lane (Flash Weekender)

“The Flash Weekender was my first online course with Retreat West. Everything about it was first rate – the brilliant tutors, who shared their own winning flash stories, the environment in which we shared our work, the other talented and supportive participants. I was pushed to delve deep from the interesting and challenging prompts, and as a result created work I would never have created otherwise.”

Excellent way to understand flash

Steven Patchett (Fantastic Flashing)

"A good mix of fundamental ideas, examples of those ideas in practise, and writing prompts. An excellent way to get a better understanding of the nature and forms of flash fiction, which I sorely needed."

All you need to write a novel

Valerie Griffin (The Novel Creator Pilot Course)

"If you're writing a novel or considering writing one, this course has all you need with it's structured exercises, Q and A sessions, regular feedback and full support to get your novel written."