2018 Retreat Booking


11-13 MAY 2018


Places are still available, with room preferences allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
(click that link for your downloadable form)

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2018 fee covers

  • key note address from leading literary agent, Sarah Davies of The Greenhouse Literary Agency
  • four intensive workshop sessions covering beginnings, plot, character and revision, with a maximum of eight writers per group
  • an in-depth one-on-one, examining your work
  • two presentations of practical tips to manage your author life
  • an in depth look at what happens at an acquisition meeting
  • a multi-agent panel with leading UK literary agents, including time for networking
  • a ‘practice your pitch’ workshop
  • two nights in an inspiring 14th century mansion
  • either a private or a shared bathroom, depending on fee level
  • all of your meals – the venue specialise in exceptional vegetarian cuisine that is all grown and prepared on site. If you would like a meat option or have other special dietary requirements there is a small additional charge
  • towels and linens
  • a take-home workbook based on the course
  • private Facebook group for you and your fellow attendees to support each other, previous Facebook groups are still active, years later

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  • Each application will be reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
  • We do acknowledge all applications, so if you don’t hear from us, please follow up
  • You’ll wait no longer than two weeks for a response, and it may be much faster
  • The retreat focuses on fiction from early readers through to Young Adult fiction – no picture books

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  • Applicants are asked to submit via email an application, synopsis, cover letter and the first 4,000 words of their novel. Download the Book Bound Application And Terms 2018
  • This retreat is for writers who have mastered the basics and are ready to take their writing to the next level
  • If you have any questions, please email bookboundretreat@gmail.com


  • £450 for a shared bedroom with one other person and a shared bathroom with no more than two other people
  • £550 per person for a private bedroom with a shared bathroom with no more than two others
  • £600 per person for a private bedroom and bathroom (not necessarily en suite)

Please note that Book Bound does not have any financial relationship with agents or publishers with regard to writers. Our programme is a one-off fee.

Read a round up of our 2014 retreat here. 



  • Oxon Hoath is a 600-year-old country estate
  • Set in 73 acres in beautiful rural Kent
  • Each of the recently renovated 28 bedrooms have their own character

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  • Tonbridge is the nearest rail station – a mere 45 minutes out of London
  • The village is an hour’s drive from central London, just off the A26
  • More location details can be found here

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