Creative New Year: Write That Story & Tell It Well

25–29 January 2021 (Mon–Fri)

“Write that story.” It sounds so simple – until you sit down to do it. Whether fiction or non-fiction, sermon-writer, screenwriter, short story starter or author of umpteen novels, we’ll get the best from your story’s flow. Bring an idea (or a hundred, or none) and we’ll talk plot, character, theme, comedy and drama – focusing on the patterns that God’s built into the seasons, usable in our own creations (ie. let’s copy from the best).

You have given me a taste of heaven.

— A recent guest
randomly selected from our guest feedback

Who's speaking?

Paul Kerensa

Paul’s credits include BBC’s BAFTA-nominated Miranda, Not Going Out and Top Gear, plus writing memoir, children’s books, and an Amazon Top 100 bestseller. He broadcasts Radio 2’s Pause For Thought, performs at London’s Comedy Store and Spring Harvest, and teaches comedy/story structure for BBC Writers Room and London Screenwriters Festival.

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What to expect

Wondering what it will be like to stay at Lee Abbey for a retreat or a holiday?

You will get a warm welcome from the Community, a beautiful home to stay in, delicious meals, a well resourced library, quiet spaces to relax in, 288 acres of our estate to explore, excellent teaching, vibrant worship and entertainment. For more information about Lee Abbey’s ministry or details on how to support us, see “About Lee Abbey”. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Covid-19 arrangements

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Fully refurbished in 2016, comfortable and welcoming

Rooms to meet and relax

Spaces around the house for you to unwind, chat, learn and worship

Our great outdoors

280 acres of Exmoor coast and beach, for walks, sport and even stargazing

Meals and special diets

Three meals a day, tea and coffee are included for all guests.

Teaching and worship

There'll be sung worship and talks you can join each morning if you like

Workshops and activities

The Community will offer prayers, walks and entertainment for you

Families and children

On family holiday weeks, they'll have a whale of a time too!

Pastoral support

We would love to listen to and pray with you during your stay

Prices and practicalities

The nitty-gritty - prices, discounts, directions, disability access and more

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