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For Writers

Want to work with Tamsyn? Here's what she's currently offering:

Guided Residential 'Develop Your Novel' Retreat at Retreats For You: 7th -11th October 2019

A four-day residential retreat in beautiful Devon. The retreat mornings will be taken up by one-to-one support and feedback from Tamsyn for each writer, with some tailored group sessions depending on needs, and the afternoons will be free for you to write, reflect or walk in the surrounding gorgeous countryside.  There are only five slots so the group will be small.

In the evenings, everyone will gather around the fire to chat and share work. And at the end of the four days, you’ll leave refreshed and inspired, with the tools to make your story the very best book it can be.

Debbie at Retreats For You will take care of everything else. She offers full board including:

  • help yourself non-time-limited breakfast with fresh homemade bread & yoghurt; buffet lunch and delicious home cooked hearty dinner on the table , or take tray to your room;

  • afternoon snacks, cake, hot drinks.

  • Wine o clock and another glass with dinner.
    Fast free broadband WiFi for guests.

  • Cosy room, shared bathroom (en suite availability tbc) Comfiest beds w Egyptian cotton and choice of pillows. Please state preference if any.

  • Tea & coffee making in each room. Towels, hairdryer, slippers, dressing gown.

  • Ample lotions, potions and bubbles in bathrooms to enjoy. Sleep spray or balm in each room. Double beds in most rooms, but all for you! One single with view across square to distant hills with the best mattress in the house, Sealy posturepedic, do request it. Barn bedroom for views and solitude.

  • Roaring wood burner in sitting room.

  • Small library, mini home gym and tv in studio.

  • Hot water bottles in beds during colder months.

Nearest rail Exeter St David’s, possible to share taxi, please ask.

The total cost of the the retreat is £650. A deposit of £150 is due on booking, with the balance due one month before the retreat.

Email Tamsyn at  tamsyn@tamsynmurray.co.uk for more info and to book.


 Self-Edit September Online Course - *SOLD OUT*

A four-week online course designed to help you learn the skills you need to edit your own writing. More details here.

September: A 12 Week One-to-One Mentoring Slot

Twelve weeks of one-to-one mentoring, designed to encourage you to finish that early draft. You'll have weekly deadlines to submit up to 5,000 words - Tamsyn will offer written feedback, plus a 30 minute phone chat to discuss your writing each week. Prices start from £750 for the full twelve weeks - payable in advance in full or in three instalments. Please email tamsyn (tamsyn @ tamsynmurray (dot) co (dot) uk) to enquire about this slot.

Self-Edit November Online Course

A four-week online course designed to help you learn the skills you need to edit your own writing before the end of the year, at the bargain price of just £79. More details and booking here.

Year Round Services:

Submission Package Critique Service

Designed to give you the edge when submitting to agents and editors. Tamsyn will read your first three chapters (up to 10,000 words), your synopsis and query letter and offer advice on what you're doing right, as well as what can be improved. You will receive an annotated copy of your opening chapters\synopsis, with strengths and weaknesses highlighted, and a detailed written report. Prices from £100.

Complete Manuscript Appraisal Service

Open to Picture Books, Middle Grade, Teen/Young Adult and adult fiction. You'll receive an annotated copy of your manuscript, plus written feedback and advice on where it might stand in the market. The overall cost depends on the length of your manuscript but a good rule of thumb is 1p per word, so a 25,000 word manuscript would come in at £250. Picture Book prices by negotiation.

Occasional Support (not available all year round - please ask about availability)

6 Week Picture Book Mentoring

Six weekly mentoring sessions covering a number of picture book texts, designed to help writers build up a portfolio of strong stories. You'll get written feedback and the opportunity to chat things through on the phone with Tamsyn each week. Prices start at £375 for the full six weeks - payable in advance in full or in two instalments.

Email: tamsyn (@) tamsynmurray (dot) co (dot) uk with any questions or to ask for more details.