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Weekend Retreats at The Grange by the Sea, Isle of Wight, UK

The Grange is a gorgeous Georgian country house with comfortable 4-star guest accommodation. Enjoy weekend retreats, courses and festive breaks hosted by exceptional Skyros facilitators. 

Come and take part in a variety of weekends from yoga retreats and residential writing courses to life coaching courses, singing holidays and mindfulness retreats, each with a focus on creativity and wellbeing. Join also for all-inclusive 3-night Christmas and New Year retreats.

"The sense of community here is so refreshing. The staff can't do enough for you. The food is lovely." Marion, November 2018. See more reviews.

 Find out What's On Next below... 

Fri 17 - Sun 19 May 2019 (2 nights)

At a glance

The Core of Good Fiction Weekend with Lisa O'Donnell

Taught by award winning writer Lisa O'Donnell The Core of Good Fiction is a writing course suitable for beginners and those who wish to develop an existing novel idea.

Over the course we will look at the importance of Character and Voice. How dialogue moves your fiction. The importance of Storytelling. We will look at how to write an Opening that hooks your reader. There will be workshops on how experience can shape your work, focusing on the art of description.

We will also consider the choices we make as a writer when embarking on our stories. People write for all kinds of reasons, this course isn't just about getting published, it's about finding your authentic voice and giving you the writer the tool to tell the stories deep inside yourself and in a supportive and encouraging community.

About

Skyros attracts mostly solo travellers from all over the world. Although all ages are represented, approximately 70% are between 35 and 65. The Grange is a stunning Georgian country house, surrounded by greenery and close to Shanklin's sandy beach, cosy pubs and restaurants and the local train station.

Accommodation

Choose to stay at The Grange in a twin shared or single occupancy room on a B&B basis or simply take part in the course if you live locally.

Inspiring Courses

Your course weekend includes six hours of tuition across two days. This leaves plenty of time to explore the island on coastline walks or enjoy health and beauty treatments (book these in advance).

Food & Drink

Join us for the three course Friday night dinner, tailored to dietary requirements, for £20. If you choose to stay with us breakfast is included. On Saturday, guests tend to like to eat out together locally. A light lunch is provided on Sunday.

Guide Itinerary

Friday
16.00: Arrivals
19.30: Dinner (if booked)

Saturday
08.00: Breakfast
10.30: Course
17.00: Course

Sunday
08.00: Breakfast
10.30: Course
13.00: Lunch​

Average Temperature

As with much of the UK weather is changeable - although the Isle of Wight does boast a micro-climate and is one of the sunniest places to visit. Fingers crossed for good weather!

Location

Summary

Cost
£90
Location
The Grange

What's included?

  • Six hours of course time across two days
  • A light lunch on Sunday
  • Accommodation is chosen separately
  • Dinner on Friday evening is £20

Travel

Book a return rail ticket to Shanklin via Portsmouth and your ticket will include crossing the Solent by FastCat. At Shanlin station, take a cab for the 3-minute journey to The Grange in Eastcliff Road.

If you decide to drive then book your crossing online with Wightlink or Red Funnel Ferries. Call to check in case of discount codes.

There are several ways to get in touch, and we'd love to hear from you…

Telephone: +44 (0)1983 865566

Email: holidays@skyros.com

Or Chat to us online using the link in the corner or your screen

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