Virtual Writing Retreat

The Friday Salon Virtual Writers’ Retreat started in response to a wish expressed by #FriSalon participants that they would love to get together at a writing retreat but travel and cost were barriers to this being accessible to all. So, we trialled a Virtual Writing Retreat in February 2022. It was a great success. We all valued the dedicated time to write, enjoyed meeting together on Zoom, and appreciated the input from an expert guest.

There is no cost to attend the Virtual Writing Retreat apart from your time. We are planning three a year:




If you are interested in joining the next Virtual Writing Retreat please email me at so that I can send you links for the Zoom calls. There will be limited space so that everyone has time to fully contribute to discussion. Priority will be given to #FriSalon participants.

Details are below for the October 2022 Virtual Writing Retreat.

1.30 – 6.30 pm GMT

9.30 am – 2.30 pm EST


1.30 GMT (9.30 EST) to 2.15 GMT (10.15 EST)

Welcome and introductions.

An informal catch-up to share our writing news.

2.15 GMT (10.15 EST) to 3.30 GMT (11.30 EST)

Writing time

3.30 GMT (11.30 EST) to 4.15 GMT (12.15 EST)

Group chats

Participants at the June retreat suggested it would be fun to break into smaller groups to chat about our work and discuss any writing issues presenting a challenge.

You can choose which group you join and are free to dip in and out of both. The links to rooms can be used throughout the afternoon so you may choose to have a one to one catch up with a writer friend when a room is free.

The Blue Meeting Room – Historical Fiction

The Orange Meeting Room – Book Marketing

4.15 GMT (12.15 EST) to 6.00 GMT (2.00 EST)

Writing time

6.00 GMT (2.00 EST) to 6.30 GMT (2.30 EST)

What we achieved today.

Bring a beverage of choice to this last call to celebrate YOU and all that you have achieved today.