28th April: Full Circle Retreat – Creative Writing with The Quirky Coach

Full Circle Retreats - Creative Writing with The Quirky Coach

Whasdyke Farm near Ings in the Lake District

Sunday 28th April 10am – 4.30pm

Celebrate the lighter days and awakening of spring in all its glory. Join The Quirky Coach us on at Full Circle Retreats in the Lake District for a relaxing day of Meditating with Horses, Mindfulness, Yoga and Creative Writing.

Meditate with Horses at Full Circle Retreats

Spend the day in close proximity to the natural world and it’s this connection that will provide us with a sense of the escapism and relaxation. We’ll harness our heightened senses to really explore the written word and learn from the horses, who, often are an inspiration in literature to convey relationships and emotions. In the afternoon you’ll be guided by multi award winning Travel Writer Zoe Dawes aka The Quirky Coach to explore your creativity and learn new skills in the art of writing a short piece capturing your retreat.

Full Circle Retreat Day: £165 including all activities, lunch and refreshments

More details and booking info Full Circle Retreats Day 28th April


1st May: Travel Writing for Manchester Women Writers

Introduction to Travel Writing with The Quirky Coachi

Manchester City Library

Wednesday 1st May 11am – 1pm

Introduction to Travel Writing for Manchester Women Writers Group with tips, hints and practical activities to aid creativity and audience engagement. NB this is a private group. Contact Karen Regyn for more information.


14th – 17th May: Travel Writing – Crafting Your Story

Higham Hall Travel Writing Residential Course 2019 - The Quirky Coach

Higham Hall

Near Bassenthwaite in the Lakes, Cumbria

Tue 14th May 18:30 – Fri 17th May 13:30 

A 4-day course (residential or non-residential) to develop your travel writing skills in Higham Hall. The north’s leading residential college for adults, Higham Hall is set in the beautiful North Lakes National Park. Day and multi-day courses and lectures to interest everyone.

Explore what makes good travel writing. Transform holiday jottings, make the most of a journal. Write compelling articles to inspire or start a travel blog. Learn how to create the Circle of Attention, write a gripping opener, identify your writing voice, understand dialogue, use the senses to create atmosphere and much more.

There will lots of opportunities to practice your writing and get feedback from the tutor and fellow participants. Weather-permitting, you’ll be going out in the grounds of Higham Hall and possibly further afield to get inspiration from your surroundings. There will also be a HALF-DAY EXCURSION included.

Experience unnecessary – just love travel and be ready to try something new.

TUTOR: Zoe Dawes aka The Quirky Traveller

Residential: £338 Non-residential: £239

More details about Higham Hall, the Course, and Booking Information here


22 – 24 September: Creative Blogging for Beginners

Learn Blogging with The Quirky Coach

Higham Hall

Near Bassenthwaite in the Lakes, Cumbria

Sun 22 September 18:30 – Tue 24 September 13:30

*NEW* Get to grips with the nuts and bolts of blogging, learn how to set up a blog, do a bit of content creation and find out how to use Social Media to promote your words of wisdom. Practical demos with time for practice and an expert on hand to guide you. Bring your laptop or tablet and use our WiFi.

Zoë aka The Quirky Coach will be using a WordPress Blog to demonstrate. No experience necessary but you do need to already have a name for your blog and your own laptop.

TUTOR: Zoë Dawes (S.Cumbria www.highamhall.com/zoe-dawes)

Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166