Claire Elizabeth Terry reached out via email with an interesting pitch:

I’m organizing a writers’ retreat in a castle near to Barcelona, Spain.  It’s essentially about ‘Making the impossible happen’ – for those writers who have written or are thinking about writing a novel, and would like to have it made into a film/turn it into a screenplay themselves.

Claire knows of what she speaks. She had her first novel “I Draw Roses” published in 2013, then adapted it into a screenplay which is set to go into production in 2016 produced by Delacheroy Films in London and Life & Pictures in Spain.

I heard from Claire about the inaugural event which evidently was a rousing success: “We had a fantastic group of people (mentees as well as mentors – by the end of the retreat, we were threatening to barricade ourselves in the castle, as no-one wanted to go) which contributed enormously to its success. As well, as of course, the castle, which is amazing!”

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Mentors and writers at the 1st Rocaberti Writers Retreat

The wonderful thing is, that in addition to the mentors giving 1,000 per cent of themselves during the retreat, they’ve all stayed in contact with their mentees afterwards and are continuing to nurture their projects. In follow-up communications, Claire wrote that a number of the writers who participated in the retreat are in discussions with producers negotiating options on their material. Based on the success of the first event, there will be another one. Here are some details:

When and where:  October 7th -12th, 2016
Rocaberti Castle, Figueres
(75 miles from Barcelona, Spain)

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Rocaberti Castle

Novelist, travel writer and screenwriter Claire Elizabeth Terry, whose original screenplay, 4 Roses, is being filmed this year, is your Rocaberti Retreat host and moderator.

The mentors are to be confirmed, but will either be the same as at the first retreat — you can check out who they were for the inaugural event here — or of a similar caliber.

Note: This is primarily a mentoring and networking event, not a quiet, introspective writing retreat. In addition to social events, there are 3 hours of small-group mentoring sessions daily to allow time to focus on each of the individual writers’ projects.

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Salon, Rocaberti Castle

You’ll be part of a small and exclusive group of a maximum of 16 writers at the retreat. Through focused, practical presentations in the mornings, afternoon mentoring sessions, evening social events—and with a presenter/writer ratio of approximately 1:4—you’ll learn how to tell your story on the page and on the screen, and be one step closer to seeing your dream come to life.

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Bedroom, Rocaberti Castle

This retreat is for you if…

  • You’re working on a book/screenplay combination or have an idea for one.
  • You have a book and want to turn it into a screenplay or vice-versa—or sell it directly to Hollywood.
  • You’re unsure how to get your book/screenplay in front of agents and producers.
  • You’re serious about completing your project and making your dream come true!

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For more information, go here. And if you do wish to apply, indicate on your letter you are a Lady Of The World  follower to claim a 5% discount.