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What participants say
"The Writing Retreat in Greece, run by Kate Emmerson and Sarah Bullen, was one of those very special and life changing events in my life. It was exceptionally inspiring. This retreat not only taught me the facts and structure of writing a book but it also gave me the encouragement, motivation and belief in my self to do it. The venue - Skala Erresos was the perfect place for the retreat. Its beauty and authenticity suited this kind of retreat. We not only spent many hours writing in different venues around the Island but we also got to experience the people, lifestyle and beauty of this special place. Kate and Sarah were awesome hosts. Sarah, who shared her talent and writing experience with us and Kate who was so inspiring and motivating, were the perfect combination of talented people to provide learning and guidance, not only to write but to deal with general life challenges. It has been a couple of weeks since we left the Island and I’m still so motivated, not only to complete my memoire, but motivated to achieve my goals in general. I would recommend this retreat to anyone looking for inspiration in their lives to write a memoir and to find the motivation to want to achieve everything they have wanted to in life."
Would totally recommend this retreat to others….! I would say ‘Come on the retreat with an open heart and an open mind. Come to learn how to write your book and leave with new skills and probably a new understanding of yourself. Getting away to the peaceful and tranquil setting that is Skala Erressos, is worth the time and the money – I would never have got the full benefit of the retreat if I had done not gone away from my home and normal life.’
‘I thoroughly enjoyed journeying back through my last 55+ years, remembering special and sometimes painful events in detail. Being encouraged to not only remember, but to feel, touch, smell and hear. There were things I’d forgotten that made an appearance and brought a smile, as I uncovered stories and events long, long forgotten. I’ve found my voice and am no longer afraid to put pen to paper. Sarah is a pro at uncovering the ‘real’ story and Kate provides assurance that we have it within ourselves to get each task done.’
Shelley Grannersberger, 2016
This was the most amazing time - the serenity of the island - a place to write/reflect/allow yourself to be inspired, the birthplace of Sappho, simple/outstanding Greek cuisine, ability to swim in the ocean everyday, take hikes at sundowners, come away with a solid plan for writing/publishing a book, bond with other writers. The course served almost as a week-long therapy session for me - which is what I think people will kind of be looking for - a therapeutic getaway on a beautiful island."
Anna Claire Marshall
I found Sarah Bullen's Memoir Writing Workshop to be highly useful and informative, I had been writing memoir for years with books as my guide, but she broadened my awareness of what good memoir writing consists of better than any book I've ever read on the subject. Her teaching style is concise, clear, inspiring, and filled with rich suggestion, I left feeling much more aware of what it takes to write good memoir and would highly recommend this workshop to anyone who is interested in memoir writing. The setting in the beautiful Greek village of Eressos is magic as well, perfect for one's imagination to flourish!
Jackie Heim (Canada)