Writing Events

St Mary's

Marooned Again! Writing Retreat St Mary’s Lighthouse Sunday 23rd April 2017

Following on from last year’s highly successful writing retreat, join me for a truly get away from it all day at St Mary’s Island, Whitley Bay. We will be marooned on the island for the day as the sea ‘straddles’ the causeway for the duration of the retreat. Bring your own writing to work on […]

Wear Your Words single bead

Wear Your Words! workshop Saturday 13th May 2017

Join writer Rachel Cochrane and Carrie Dennison of Dendryad Art for this workshop with a difference! Enjoy an informal and relaxed day in the beautiful setting of Gibside as we mix creative writing and paper bead making. At the end of the day you will have a lovely piece of unique personalised jewellery to take […]

Writers' Retreat Shepherd's Dene

Shepherd’s Dene Writing Retreat Saturday July 8th 2017

Back by popular demand! Join me at Shepherd’s Dene, Riding Mill, Northumberland where you can find space to work on your own writing in the beautiful Edwardian country house or in the tranquil grounds with their beautiful herbaceous borders.  You can even take a riverside walk to fire your imagination. 9.30 am until 4.30 pm […]

Our Day at Gibside Writing Retreat 25 March 2017

Glad to report another productive day in inspirational surroundings at our latest writing retreat in The Garden Cottage at Gibside.  The sun shone brightly and our writers took full advantage of the lovely private garden to find a quite spot with their pen and for a relaxing outdoor lunch.  It’s always great to hear about […]

Rachel’s Week: Words, Pictures and Letters

The great thing about what I do is that life is very varied and every day is different.  It might be a bit of a nightmare to plan at times but at least it’s never dull! I have been in Hexham this week running another Words and Pictures workshop with Sarah Loveland Photography at Sarah’s […]


Our Day with Words and Pictures

I love the fusion of different artistic genres coming together.  I believe that when you blur the boundaries between writing and image making, that’s when true creativity starts.  So when photographer Sarah Loveland and I decided to run a joint workshop, we set out to run a fun informal day where people would be inspired […]