Dragon Hall Retreats

Your Place to Write

The Dragon Hall Cottage is available for retreats for creative writers and literary translators, providing you with the perfect space to work from our Literature House, here in Norwich UNESCO City of Literature.

About Your Retreat

A Retreat is an investment in your writing and an opportunity to get away from it all.

Whether you’re just starting out, or are an experienced writer or translator, the Dragon Hall Cottage is the ideal space to read and work, nestled in the heart of Norwich.

We welcome expressions of interest for single or joint occupancy of the Cottage from anyone interested in creative writing or literary translation.

The cost of each twelve day retreat is:

  • Single occupancy              £1200
  • Double occupancy           £1800

Please note, you will be required to cover your own travel and living costs.

NCW Alumni enjoy an exclusive discount of 10%.


Upcoming Retreat Dates

Our retreats include ten working days and one full weekend in between. Please indicate which dates you’re available to stay in the cottage. The dates listed include the arrival and departure day.

  • Monday 5 February – Friday 16 February 2024
  • Monday 19 February – Friday 1 March 2024
  • Monday 4 March – Friday 15 March 2024
  • Monday 18 March – Friday 29 March 2024

How to Apply

You can apply for your Dragon Hall retreat using the simple form below.

Current deadline: Monday 4 December 2023.
Successful applicants notified by mid-December 2023.

Please contact us if you have any specific access requirements.

Application Assessment

Applicants will be assessed by NCW staff based on the following criteria:

  • Timeliness: Why is it important to you to undertake this residency now?
  • Location: Why is it significant to work in Norwich?
  • Need: What will the retreat help you to achieve?
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This residency has also helped me to appreciate my craft… the residency allowed me to live in that love of storytelling that I always knew drove and shaped me

Wayne Ree, 2023 resident

Any questions?

If you have any questions about Dragon Hall Retreats and how to apply, please contact us by email or telephone (01603 877177, Mon – Fri 09am – 5pm).

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More Information


The Cottage is located at Dragon Hall, located on King Street. It is a short walk from Norwich Station. More information about getting to our Literature House, and access on our site, can be found here.

About Dragon Hall

The Cottage is part of Dragon Hall; a 600-year old site of exchange and stories, now a contemporary Literature House home to the National Centre for Writing. Learn more.


Please note Dragon Hall is a public cultural and heritage site. Events may take place onsite during your stay. If you join us for a Retreat, you will receive a free ticket to all talks, performance and tours at Dragon Hall during your stay (excludes NCW Academy, workshops, and online events).

Dragon Hall is also a popular wedding venue, and a wedding may take place during your stay. These take place in the main building and in the garden, weather permitting. They always finish by midnight. We hope the revelries won’t disturb you.


You will be invoiced for the cost of your Retreat following acceptance of your place.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about accessibility, residency dates or other requirements, please contact us.