writers and writing

At Cafe Tissardmine we offer creative writing courses lead by published authors. We hope to host again in 2021…


evening dinner


what others have said about their time here…

In response to the accommodation:“I loved sleeping in the tents – they were extremely comfortable and warm at night and made an intimate and friendly shared space. Definitely need a good torch! The food was just gorgeous. Overall 10/10.”

In response to the retreat: “I liked the structured workshops with a variety of exercises and some free writing as well. They were very helpful and constructive for my own writing. The tutor was wonderful – serious about writing process, willing to share her ideas and humorous and sympathetic. I learned a lot.” Rosemary, UK

“A place to dream in, be in, learn about and to evolve your new dreams. Erg Chebbi at sunset is a gift to the mind and spirit. “

“I loved all of the workshop activities. They all help and Jan is an excellent and innovative tutor. It has been extremely helpful for me in terms of getting the hang of this strange beast I’m working on. I’d love to be in the position of starting a new work.” Verity, Australia

“Writing exercises pushed me into terrain I was unfamiliar with therefore taught me valuable lessons in crafting and organising my material. Group mentoring also worked well for me with feedback and support.

The most luxurious camping trip I’ve ever been lucky enough to experience. The 2 nights in the dunes of Erg Chebbi are indelibly etched in my mind & my heart Salaam Aleykum!” Meme, Australia


  1. Christine Robinson July 29, 2015 12:16 am

    Karen, I was fortunate to view HGTV/s Off the grid show today. You were one of the featured stories. How you searched for the perfect “dwelling” in the desert was inspirational! How you built a peaceful life in the desert to fit your passionate expression of art is inspirational. What a wonder-filled experience you provide for artists and writers alike! Christine

    • Karen Hadfield September 5, 2015 12:05 pm

      Hi Christine, thanks for your lovely comments – I do not check the website so very often which is why this has taken a while for me to find! I have been away from Tissardmine for the summer (way too hot!) and am heading back next week – can’t wait! Maybe you be be inspired to visit us one day! Regards