Freedom to



Residential Writing Retreat
creative writing WORKSHOPS
one-to-one mentoring



what we do

Freedom to Write is a creative writing venture run by Yvonne Jewkes and Andy West. We had an amazing year in 2023 and are looking forward to an even more exciting schedule for 2024.

Our aim at Freedom to Write is to help you to write from your experience. When writing goes well, it can be intensely satisfying and fulfilling. We want you to experience that feeling of excitement when the writing flows, or when you read it back and think appreciatively, did I write that?!

Our main event is the annual summer writing retreat held at Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. Places get booked up quickly, so if you’d like to register for this wonderfully relaxing and inspiring three-night residential creative writing experience, we advise you book early. More details can be found on the ‘Retreat’ pages – link at the top.

We also run one-day writing workshops at a private members club in Soho. The next one is 29th April 2024 and will include a mixture of writing, tutoring and lots of sociability and support from the group. A delicious lunch will be enjoyed in The Union Club’s renowned restaurant. Click on the ‘Workshop’ link above. 

If you’d just like a taster, we’re thrilled to be appearing at The Bath festival on 20th May 2024. You can book tickets for our two-hour workshop here

If you would like help getting started, getting going, or getting finished – or if you would appreciate being guided through your whole creative writing journey – check out our ‘Mentoring’ page to find out about 1:1 mentoring and editorial services.

We teach creative writing in prisons too and will shortly take up a Writers-in-Residence at HMP Grendon, funded by Arts Council England. Any small profits we make from the retreats and workshops are used to support our work in prisons and with people who have been to prison or who have had a family member who has served a prison sentence.

Whichever event you sign up for, at Freedom to Write we will help you get started or overcome common mental blocks. Wherever you are on your writing journey, we will meet you there, and we’ll support you in taking the steps to write the story you are uniquely placed to tell.

Email us at if you’d like to join our mailing list and be kept up to date with developments.

This is perfect. I would do it again, preferably for longer. I can imagine writing my book in this setting, with support of others, engaged tutors and freedom from the rest of my life…if I was rating it, I’d be giving it all the stars!








27-30 JUNE 2024




29 April 2024



Writing Retreats | © Freedom to Write | Site by Radius

Writing Retreats | © Freedom to Write | Site by Radius