Wednesday, November 28, 2018


I'm married with two young sons and I have a part-time job that I work alongside my writing. The little downtime I get is spent with friends and family. Life is very hectic. The time I actually spend writing is at a premium and very precious to me but it doesn't always work out. Sometimes things crop up that kill any chance of spending time in front of my keyboard. Sound familiar?

I used to love going to the London Screenwriters Festival, a wonderful three-day break away from everyday life spent in the company of like-minded people, immersing myself in everything screenwriting, absorbing new information and making new connections. When I returned home I'd always be tired but recharged, refreshed, motivated and eager to get going pursuing fresh leads and ideas. LSWF set me up for the whole year but I was always left wanting more, desperate for more time to turn that renewed enthusiasm into words on the page. If you have ever felt the same, then like me you probably wish there was somewhere you could go for a week where the only thing you have to worry about is your writing. The EZ Going Guest House Screenwriting Retreat is the perfect opportunity that offers you exactly that.

There are only ten places available and the early bird price of £550 ends on the 31st of January, where after it will be at the full price of £699. The cost for a non-participant of the course is £440. You can find the details of the retreat below and the link to the Eventbrite page HERE.


The EZ Going Guest House  - Screenwriting Retreat - March 2019

The EZ Going Guest House is a large, private villa in Sesimbra, Portugal, offering a stress-free environment where you can relax and free your creativity to focus on your writing.

You have an idea - you may even have some words on the page - but everyday life keeps getting in the way of finishing your project. This is where the EZ Going Guest House Screenwriting Retreat will help.

We will spark your imagination, allow you to experiment with form and storytelling and workshop your idea amongst a group of like-minded supportive peers. The week will be productive, creative and fun, giving you the space to fall in love with your writing and providing you with the tools and the freedom to get it done.

You will be supported by our expert tutor who will help you explore and develop your writing in informal morning group sessions, where you can hone your craft with an inspirational mix of workshops and one-to-one advice. Then after lunch, you will be allowed the freedom and space to write, to step away from your normal routine and immerse yourself in the creative process without distractions. Regrouping over the evening meal, you will be free to discuss the day's progress, socialise or even get down to another productive session of writing.

At the end of the week, you will leave with fresh insight into your project, a new support network and more importantly a volume of completed work.

  • 6 nights' accommodation in a private room in the villa.
  • Full Board (local wine with the evening meal).
  • Unlimited tea, coffee and water.
  • 5 days' tuition and guidance.
  • Materials not included.
  • Price is based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room. We aim to avoid single person supplements, but please check with us as it depends on availability.
  • Partners not wishing to join in the writing (or other organised activity) receive a discount of €250 (from full price not inc offers).
Not Included:
  • Flights to Portugal.
  • Airport transfer or pick-up (Lisbon airport pick-up additional €45pp both ways).
  • Swimming pool.
  • Large secluded garden.
  • Free WIFI.
  • Privacy.
I hope to see you there.

Happy writing!


Unknown said...

Sounds great but I can't actually see a price anywhere. Also what do we do with our children?!

Dominic Carver said...

The price is on the Eventbrite page which you can find on the link I attached. I'll edit the blog to add the prices too. As for the kids... with the grandparents? The idea of the retreat is to have the headspace and freedom to get some writing done, away from the distractions of family.

Laura van Dam said...

Ooh I wish I would have found out about this retreat earlier... will there be a second edition?

Dominic Carver said...

I'm coming around to the idea so you never know. Watch this space ;-)