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Our 2024 Virtual Workshops

Our popular virtual workshops will be back in Winter 2024

Our Midsummer 2024 Residential Retreat*

14th to 17th June in Herriot Country

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We are delighted to announce our Midsummer 2024 residential retreat; based in the beautiful and historic Holy Rood House, Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Close to inspiring gardens, walks, museums and the glorious market place. 

*A non residential option is available

We guarantee to get you writing


We offer Support and encouragement

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About Us

Novelist Clara Challoner Walker and poet Janet Dean created Awakening the Writer Within in 2014, to share their passion for creative writing and literature with like-minded people.


Now, ten years later, a welcoming community of writers has been forged and the virtual and face to face retreats, courses and workshops in Yorkshire and in South West France have received outstanding participant feedback, from both novice and established writers......


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Our midsummer 2024 retreat in Herriot Country, North Yorkshire

14th to 17th June 2024

Our residential retreats are  ideal for those looking to start, develop or finish a writing project with peace, quiet, inspriration and support

NOTE - a non residential option is available for those with alternative accommodation within reach of Thirsk

Residential writing retreats in glorious locations

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Thank you for joining us in the Spring. We're back again later in 2024

Our half-day, virtual workshops offer the inspiration and opportunity for writing, stimulated by inspiring prompts, delivered throughout the.afternoon, Zoom calls for collaboration and interaction and an...

Prices from £12pp

Our 2024 Virtual


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Our writing Community 

Our online is a platform providing monthly inspiration and prompts directly to your inbox with sharing opportunities and encouragement too. Helps you to connect with likeminded people to improve your writing...



Our first anthology 'First Awakening' was published in May 2020.

All contributions are from previous participants on our workshops including established writers and those new to writing.

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