Glotime Rocaberti Writers Scholarship - Rocaberti Castle Writers' Retreat
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Glotime Rocaberti Writers Scholarship

Are you ready to change your life?

Write (finally!) that script or book which you’ve always dreamt of? (JK Rowling, eat your heart out!)

Well, now’s your chance!

The hugely successful Rocaberti Writers’ Retreat – where scripts get optioned, deals are made and the networking continues long after the retreat is over – is offering a FULL SCHOLARSHIP, sponsored by, for the Rocaberti Writers’ Retreat in the beautiful Dordogne area of France, October 5th-10th, 2018!!

The retreat will be held at Miles Copeland’s (former manager of Sting and The Police!) medieval castle in France, with a similar programme and accommodation to the October 2017 Retreat.

Movie producer Golan Ramraz (‘Iron Man’, ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’); Debra Landwehr Engle, best-selling author with over 25 years’ experience helping writers secure agents and land publishing deals, Hollywood manager Morgan Long and the woman who invented script consultancy, Linda Seger, who has mentored writers to Oscar-winning success, amongst them, Peter Jackson (‘The Lord of the Rings‘) will be mentoring just 3-4 writers each during a 5-day period – and you could be one of them!

In addition, 10 lucky runners-up will be awarded partial scholarships of a 10% discount (usual cost: £2,699) and invited to take up their places at this exclusive retreat which former attendees have called, “A magical, miraculous event”, “The experience of a lifetime”, “The best decision I’ve ever made” and “Life-changing.”


What’s included?

Expert Tuition

Each morning, you’ll meet with your mentor and the other two writers in your small group, in sessions of three hours, going in-depth into the topics which matter most to you, including:

  • Story development.
  • Honing your craft.
  • The art of revision.
  • How to turn an existing book into a screenplay.
  • How to write/finish a book with your eye on the silver screen.
  • Marketing your manuscript/screenplay.
  • Learning the business side of writing (an often overlooked but vital step), from securing the best literary agent to selling your script and working with film directors and producers on rewrites.
  • Lunchtime ASK ME A QUESTION sessions, where a different mentor each day will take Q & A on any aspect of the business you’d like to know about.
  • Afternoon ‘Pitch to the Expert’ sessions with specific feedback on your project!
  • Free time to just relax, write, take a dip in the pool, or take a stroll in the idyllic surrounding countryside with your new friends.
  • After-dinner Q & A with a different mentor each day, on a film which they’ve been involved with.
  • And so much more..!
Small group mentoring sessions

You’ll meet daily with your mentor—the presenter of your choice*—in small groups of 3, to discuss your project. This is your chance to receive their undivided attention and ask questions about anything related to your writing—from the arc of your story to gaining traction in your writing career to crafting the perfect pitch for an agent or producer.

*Please note: in order to have the presenter of your choice as your mentor, it’s imperative to book early, as places in the mentoring groups will be allocated on a strictly first-come, first-served basis.

All meals and drinks

From dinner Friday night to breakfast Wednesday morning, your meals will be prepared by a private chef using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. We’ll be serving vegetarian and gluten-free options along with a variety of traditional French cuisine.

Five nights' lodging

As befits a castle, all the bedrooms are unique and range greatly in size, furnishings and views, so to have the room of your choice, book early!

Round-trip transportation between Angoulême train station and the castle

To make your travel easy and stress-free, we’re providing a private driver to and from Angoulême train station for all our guests. Once your place has been secured on the retreat, we’ll be in touch with details and recommendations with regards to your flight arrangements.

Exclusive access

Where else could you sit down to breakfast with a real-life Hollywood agent? Or sip fine French wine by the fireplace with a published author who’s been invited to a private audience with Mikhail Gorbachev to sign copies of her book? Sit next to a bona fide film producer at dinner?

With a faculty/participant ratio of approximately 1:3, our faculty will be available to you for impromptu conversations throughout the retreat, sharing the lessons and tips they’ve learned—and the joys of the creative process—with you every step of the way.

So come along and enjoy the most exclusive (and fun!) literary vacation of the year. In a castle.

* Please note that your return travel from your home to Angouleme train station in France is not included in the scholarship.


To Apply

Deadline: Midnight, Wednesday June 14th, 2017.

Entrance Fee: None.

Write up to 500 words, describing a memorable character (alive or fictional), and why you believe you’re deserving of the scholarship.

Finally, don’t forget to state if you’re interested in being considered for a partial scholarship to the retreat if not awarded the full one!


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