The Venues

Picture This! 18/19 November 2017:

Bergen in Norway


Our winter non-resident writing retreat is located in the beautiful city of  Bergen in Norway. A World Heritage city, featuring the UNESCO Heritage site of Bryggen – the old Hanseatic buildings on the water’s edge – Bergen combines nature and culture. Surrounded by seven mountains, Bergen’s funicular train will take you to the summit of Fløyen, giving you panoramic views of the old city, the fjords, the mountains and beyond!


The city is rich with art galleries, museums, cultural events, great shopping and fantastic restaurants. While we do not provide accommodation on our retreat we are very happy to provide advice on booking accommodation in the city of Bergen. We would recommending taking a look at the suggestions on Visit Bergen‘s website or accommodation in the city on Airbnb.



Both days of Picture This! will be based in Litteraturhuset Bergen’s very own unique Literature House based in the heart of the old city of Bergen and focusing on the literary arts. The course will be run in Fosse- Stove, a cosy and intimate writing and working space located next to the independent book store Boksalongen.


We will be providing tea & coffee, as well as fruit during the duration of the course however lunch hour will be your own time to either explore one of Bergen’s famous coffee houses or restaurants, or else discover the culinary delights of Colonialen located in Litteraturhuset and specialising in traditional and creative dishes using seasonal produce. Their home-baked breads are the best!


On Saturday morning we will make our way to KODE 4, part of Bergen’s Art Galleries, with one of the most impressive collections of art in Scandinavia. Here we will have time to explore the galleries and select the image you would like to use for your short story.



First Days Of Spring 2017: Scottish Borders

Carfraemill Lodge

Carfraemill Lodge is a family-run hotel set in the midst of the Scottish Borders. Near to Edinburgh, it is conveniently close to the A68 to Lauder. With access to the award-winning restaurant and individually styled bedrooms, your writing retreat at Carfraemill will be cosy, intimate and relaxed.

The Meals












All breakfasts and dinners (Set Menu with vegetarian option) are included in our retreat at Carfraemill as well as tea and coffee throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages and lunches are additional, giving participants the freedom to take a trip into nearby Lauder for lunch in a local pub or café, or they can also eat lunch at the hotel if they prefer, or take a break in their room.

Rooms and Fees

Single Room Occupancy

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(Includes your own en-suite double bedroom, set dinner on Friday & Saturday night, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning, teas & coffees, all workshops, seminars and writing materials): £360

Vegetarian Options Available

Twin Room Occupancy

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(Sharing twin room with one other, set dinner on Friday & Saturday night, breakfast on Saturday & Sunday morning, teas & coffees, all workshops, seminars and writing materials): £330 p.p.s.

Vegetarian Options Available


Non Resident Rates

Weekend ( Saturday & Sunday) £130

One day (either Saturday or Sunday) £75- this covers four workshops per day.

All payments are due upon acceptance. If full payment is not received by February 17th, your place will be forfeited. A 50% cancellation fee is charged for cancellations up to two weeks prior to the retreat. For cancellations within two weeks, no refund can be given.

Please note: we do not include lunch expenses or travel expenses to and from the venue.