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& best selling author NELL FRIZZELL

Writing Day Retreat

On a steamer boat, Oxford

Friday 8th September  2023

Where: Spend a wonderful day steaming up the river through some of Oxfordshire’s most beautiful countryside on a private boat. Setting sail from Oxford city centre, overlooked by ancient colleges and even a few cows.


What to expect: Prepare for an adventure. Both an adventure through your imagination, mind and writing, but also through the meadows and willow banks of Port Meadow and the countryside beyond.


Writer, journalist, author and broadcaster, Nell Frizzell, will lead a day full of specially-designed exercises and discussions to help you push towards the next stage of your writing project, whether that’s forming an idea, finding a structure, or improving your prose.


As a journalist and writer, Nell has dug deep into both the personal and the political, with a particular focus on women and motherhood. As well as writing a regular parenting column for Vogue, Nell has written for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Grazia, The Observer, VICE, Elle and The Independent. She regularly contributes to the BBC, released a podcast to link in with her first book, The Panic Years. and is the author of the novel Square One. Her most recent book, Holding The Baby is a memoir and a manifesto exploring early parenting, work, sex, family, housing and all the good stuff.


As the new term begins and the seasons begin to change, use this special creative retreat to explore your own intentions and ambitions; explore your voice; find momentum. 


There will be a delicious catered picnic lunch, inspiring views and perhaps even a chance to swim with Nell in the wild waters of Oxfordshire!


This writing retreat is for you if…


  1. You love writing but would like help structuring your ideas, enlivening your prose or advice on how to break into publishing.

  2. You are keen to explore the theme of motherhood, in whatever way you choose to interpret it.

  3. You would like to expand your style and approach with exciting, galvanising exercises and approaches.





10am: Welcome!

Join us at the boathouse, meet your fellow adventurers and climb aboard.

1030 - 1pm: Morning Masterclass and Exercises

Exploring the use of voice and dialogue, writing the personal and how to grab your reader from the very first word.

1pm - 2pm: Picnic lunch on the riverbank

2 - 4pm: Afternoon exercises and discussion

Afternoon Masterclass

Including how to write a proposal, the importance of structure

and a chance to ask Nell literally anything you want. With a break for tea and cake.

5pm – Arrive back in the city say our farewells.


If you would like more information and be placed on the waiting list please email 

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