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Our history

The Writing Grove started as a writing group in Amsterdam in 2018. Each month, writers gathered to review each other's work, provide critical and constructive feedback, and (most importantly) offer support and encouragement. Eventually, we started holding public readings and even sold out a local theatre.

When the pandemic arrived, the group switched online and also started offering courses.

In 2023, we held our first retreat in Italy.

Groves are places of nourishment, growth and thriving. Exactly the experience we want to provide our students, teachers and partners.

As the only truly global writing school, we offer courses in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, playwriting, and screenwriting in the US, Italy and the Netherlands and online.

Our mission

We believe that everyone can tell a great story well. All you need are practical examples of great writing, a community to support you and dedication and discipline to push through. That's where we come in. Working with the Writing Grove means learning to claim and maintain creative time and space for yourself. We have a team of experienced, published teachers there to guide you and cheer you on.


We give writers a safe space where they can exercise their imaginations freely without fear of rejection.

Our team

The Writing Grove is a collective of writers, readers, actors, directors, filmmakers and creatives who value respect, authenticity and community. Our teachers are all published authors and experienced in helping students fulfil their creative potential. 

We can't wait to work with you!

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Happy Writers

The Writing Grove retreat was an incredible experience. Lloyd is an intuitive teacher who brings his vast experience in writing and background in theatre to his lessons. You will leave his lessons feeling more confident in your own writing abilities, and if you have the ability to do one of his masterfully curated retreats, you will leave feeling inspired, refreshed, and itching to do the next one!If you’re working on a novel, already published, or just stepping into the world of writing for the first time, I cannot recommend The Writing Grove enough!"

Anova, USA


We partner with local experts and small businesses as much as possible to provide an authentic experience and participate in the local economy.

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Looking to hone your writing skills, join a global community and reclaim time for yourself & your creativity?


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