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Caroline Donahue an author,

writing coach & Secret Library podcast host 


Where: The writer’s dream of Oxford, in a cozy barn event space infused with many literary readings inside its walls. There will be an informal comfortable area to connect,

as well as enough space to spread out and reflect on your own writing.


What to expect: The opportunity to create a plan for writing your novel that is not only possible, but manageable within the confines of your real life. We’ll spend the day looking at our writing dreams as well as the steps we can take the make them nourishing in the lives we actually lead.


In addition to writing fiction and coaching authors, Caroline also holds a Masters in Psychology and Expressive Arts. She’s made the creative process her object of study for the past twenty years.


Caroline is the author of Story Arcana: Tarot for Writers, the host of the award-winning Secret Library podcast since 2016 and has interviewed hundreds of authors, from emerging to best-selling and award-winning, including Jojo Moyes, Tana French, Esmé Weijun Wang, Katherine May, Kit de Waal, and Diana Gabaldon.


 Caroline is also the author of the substacks Oh! Murder, about her journey writing mystery, and from Dream to Draft, her latest book on overcoming the inner critic, shared chapter by chapter as it’s written.


This autumn, nurture yourself and your writing with a whole day set aside to lay out your novel.

Join fellow writers as you plan out the writing process for your book. 

Before another year disappears, let’s ensure success for you and your story. 


We take care of you with a healthy and delicious lunch,

multiple tea and coffee breaks with tasty treats so focus on what you came for: writing.


This writing retreat is for you if…


  1. You have had a novel in mind for ages

  2. It feels like you have to abandon everything to write this book

  3. You have many demands on your time and energy so writing comes last

  4. It’s a struggle to stay inspired for the months (or years) the project requires





10am: We begin!

Arrive, settle in, meet your fellow writers over coffee or tea

10:30 - 1pm: Morning Session: 

The Nourishing Novel Method

1pm - 2pm:  Lunch and time to connect

2 – 4:30pm: Afternoon Session

 Novel Writing with Ease: Tools and Strategies to Thrive Throughout Writing Your Book 

4:30pm – Closing 



For further details or to reserve your place, please email

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