7-12 september 

Whether you are a complete beginner, or have published work already, or just want to explore your creativity through writing, this is the perfect writing retreat for you. Led by experienced award winning writer, Amy Liptrot, the retreat will feature a mix of creative writing exercises, personal time to concentrate on your own writing, and one-to-one sessions with Amy where she will give focused feedback and advice.  

We will spend as much time as possible outside and immerse ourselves in the tranquility of the beautiful and inspiring landscape. Eilean Shona house provides comfortable accommodation and delicious homemade food, with plenty of quiet spots for writing and reading. There will be time to share your own work if you wish, and those writers you love, and hear Amy read from her work and from other writers she admires.

Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, memoirs or novels, the retreat is designed to draw on personal experience and memories, and our responses to nature and the environment around us, in order to sharpen skills and deepen the creative process. Shona inspired J M Barrie’s writing when he visited in the 1900’s - what better recommendation could there be!

Your Teacher

Amy Liptrot is a writer who grew up on a sheep farm in the Orkney islands, Scotland. Her memoir, The Outrun (2016, Canongate Books), was a Sunday Times bestseller, Radio 4 Book of the Week and won the Wainwright Book Prize for nature and travel writing. She is a trained journalist and a lifelong diarist.

The course 

Daily Plan  

Day 1 Arrival

Arrive at Dorlin pier at 4.00pm to meet boat for crossing to Eilean Shona

4-6:   Tea and cake and settling in

6.00: Introductory welcome session

7.30:    Dinner

Days 2-5 We will try to be outside as much as possible so this may change according to the weather

7.00-7.30: Optional Yoga/Meditation

8.00: Optional Swim

8.30-9.30: Breakfast

10 -12.30: Writing Our Lives workshop with a mix of short and long creative exercises

12.00: Hike to picnic lunch location

2.00 - 5.00: Own writing time and one-to-one sessions with Amy

6.00: Dinner

7.00-9.00:  Writing Our Lives evening session

    Currently we have the following rooms available:

    Double en suite (single occupancy) £1400

    Double shared bath (single occupancy) £1200

    Twin shared bath (shared occupancy) £900


    Day 6 Departure Day

    7.00-7.30: Optional Yoga/Meditation

    8.00: Optional Swim

    8.30-9.30: Breakfast

    9.30: Pack up rooms and take cases down to hall for transport to boat

    10.00 -12.00: Writing Our Lives: final workshop session, top tips, Q & A

    12.30: Light lunch

    2.00: Departure on boat to Dorlin Pier


    There is a variety of accommodation available in Eilean Shona house: 

    • 2 bedroom with private en suite bathrooms (available for single or double occupancy) 
    • 5 double bedrooms with shared bathrooms/shower room (available for sing or double occupancy)
    • 2 twin bedded rooms with shared bathrooms/shower room (available for single or double occupancy) 


    or email shonaretreats@gmail.com or call Clare on 07803002825