Writing Seas & Trees
Wyl Menmuir

September 9–13, 2024

Exploring the Draw of the Woodlands and Oceans

The Basics

  • Five nights accommodation in Cornwall.
  • Four full days of teaching, workshops, discussions and activities.
  • All inclusive - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks included (all dietary requirements catered for).

The Highlights

  • Join Wyl Menmuir in Cornwall for a unique writing experience.
  • Explore the private woods and scenic walks in the surrounding area.
  • Visit the 3000-year-old Fogou cave behind the house.
  • Create your own work inspired by the Cornish landscape with guidance from Wyl.

Embark on a transformative writing retreat with author Wyl Menmuir as we explore the enchanting world of the woodland and its profound connection to our creative spirits. This immersive experience invites you to unravel the magic of nature intertwined with the art of storytelling.

In a nurturing setting, Wyl Menmuir will share his insights while discussing his work, The Heart of The Woods, the companion to his award-winning book, The Draw of The Sea. The discussion will delve into the enriching aspects of time spent around trees, the evolving dynamics of our relationship with them, and the profound interconnectedness shaping our shared future.

Set within a private woodland with a fogou and stream, the retreat draws inspiration from vibrant greenery and surrounding sounds. Through collaboration, we'll explore how the natural world influences writing, providing fresh perspectives and novel insights.

Tailored for writers at all stages, this retreat is inspired by the contradictions and consolations of the woodland and the sea. Through collaborative exercises he will help you to craft your own stories inspired by these beautiful settings, whether you want to write short stories, a novel, or works of non fiction.

Whether you're seeking to reconnect with your creative spirit, explore new perspectives, or refine your craft, this retreat provides a unique opportunity to commune with like-minded individuals and unlock untold stories within the heart of the woods. Like Wyl’s book, this retreat “will delight anyone who enjoys walking among the trees, and anyone who, when lost, has found themselves again in the woods.”

Praise for ‘THE DRAW OF THE SEA’

“A beautiful portrait of lives shaped by the swell of ocean and tide - a powerful salt-thread of connection."
Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path

"A work of enormous grace and humanity that pulls us to the deep and gently returns us home."
Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters
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This residential workshop costs £1,250–1450

20% discount for Teachers & Students.

To reserve your place, click below - no payment is required at this stage.

You'll receive a booking confirmation email with secure payment links, and you'll have three days to confirm your booking by making a payment (either in full, or by starting a payment plan).


We have two grants designed to assist those who may need financial support to attend. One grant is available to Cornwall residents, and the other is open to anyone in the UK.

To apply for a free place, please write to us to tell us in no more than 300 words why you want to attend. You should describe how attending the workshop will help you as an individual, and what you hope to achieve through the experience.

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Wyl Menmuir is a multi-award winning author based in Cornwall. His 2016 debut novel, The Many was longlisted for the Booker Award and was an Observer Best Fiction of the year pick. His second novel Fox Fires was published in 2021 and his short fiction has been published by Nightjar Press, Kneehigh Theatre and National Trust Books and appeared in Best British Short Stories. Wyl's first full-length non fiction book, The Draw of the Sea, won the Roger Deakin Award from the Society of Authors and a Holyer an Gof Award. His second non fiction book, The Heart of The Woods, is released in 2024. A former journalist, Wyl has written for Radio 4’s Open Book, The Guardian and The Observer, and the journal Elementum. He is co-creator of the Cornish writing centre, The Writers’ Block and lectures in creative writing at Falmouth University.

Born in Stockport in 1979, Wyl now lives on Cornwall's north coast with his wife and two children. When he is not writing or teaching writing, Wyl enjoys messing around in boats.


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Dyski: Pronounced [dɪski], a Cornish Verb which means to learn, or to teach.

Creative residential workshops in Cornwall with a focus on immersive, experimental & place-based learning.

We offer cutting-edge immersive workshops that nurture creativity, emphasising community support and giving back. Each Dyski workshop includes two grants, designed to assist those who may need financial support to attend. One grant is available to Cornwall residents, and the other is open to anyone else.