Kindling Words is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. We are careful to keep the costs in balance with our expenses. The tuition for the week at KWW 2017 is $415.
As always, if finances are keeping you from coming, there are a limited number of tuition scholarships available. (And if you can donate to the fund, your gift allows a colleague to come just when they might need it most!)
DALHOUSIE CASTLE AND AQUEOUS SPA
is a magnificent 13th century fortress just 8 miles from Edinburgh’s city centre. Set within acres of wooded parkland on the picturesque banks of the River Esk, Dalhousie Castle has luxurious surrounds, and holds the title as ‘Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited Castle’.
From the moment you arrive, you can expect a warm Scottish welcome and a truly memorable experience.
INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED CASTLE BEDROOMS
Within the castle walls Kindling Words has reserved 20 individually designed bedrooms, with soft Egyptian cotton bed linen, fluffy towels, robes, slippers and Molton Brown toiletries. These are decorated in Scottish design fabrics such as tweed, tartan and twill. Period furniture, rugs and carpets combine to create a richly warm and luxurious feel.
THE DUNGEON RESTAURANT
A completely unique dining experience in our ancient barrel-vaulted dungeons. Awarded 2 AA Rosettes, our menu is a modern interpretation of classic Scottish dishes cooked and prepared in a classic French cooking style, whilst using locally sourced produce.
THE AQUEOUS SPA
The Spa combines relaxing and therapeutic treatments designed to invigorate and rejuvenate your body and mind. We are delighted to use Darphin products throughout the spa, selected for its unique sensuality and exquisite results.
Kindling Words West is a full 7-day week, and timed to dovetail into the last few days of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. We are going on a pre-ramble, visiting sites across the UK that are important to children’s literature. Information on the ramble is forthcoming.
ALL INCLUSIVE COSTS
The lodging cost below includes all room, board and taxes. There will be a cash bar available every evening. If you would like to share a double room, please sign up with a Kindling Words Eligible friend. Spouses are welcome but must respect the intensive working nature of the week.
Prices are in US dollars according to today’s exchange rate. The pound rate is 133 for a double, 175 for a single, all inclusive.
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Here is how Kindling Words West works.
Kindling Words is open only to authors, illustrators and editors working with a traditional children’s book publisher. If you meet this eligibility requirement, you may sign up.
There is no lottery for KWW. It is first-come, first-admitted.
Registration opens for KWW – Scotland in June 2017 and remains open until all slots and a waiting list are filled.
KW West Sign-Up
Sign-Up for Kindling Words West
We will notify you ASAP to let you know of your status (in or on the wait list.)
Dalhousie Castle Payment Schedule
$100 non-refundable deposit with registration (plus PayPal fee)
$315 due by January 15th (plus PayPal fee)
If you would rather pay by check, please contact the registrar at KWW@kindlingwords.org.
$1000 room / board deposit is due on reservation (credit card number securely forwarded through KW to the castle.)
Final payment due by February 28th (KW will again, forward a list of credit cards to the castle.)
*Note: Please send all questions and/or correspondence about KW West to: KWW@KindlingWords.org
The KW tuition is non-refundable. If your plans change and you must cancel the hotel, you must give advance notice. Since we are making plans so far in advance, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance that includes a “cancel with no reason” clause.
Travel and Transportation
We recommend that book your flights into Edinburgh or London, depending on the pre-ramble.