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Each year a small group of published writers of speculative fiction get together for one special week in a secluded residential location in beautiful Snowdonia, North Wales, to critique work, discuss ideas and generally connect with other writers. Note: Speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy and all their sub genres.


We also run a Milford Writers Retreat at Trigonos in the spring. (June in 2020. May in 2021 and 2022) No formal crit sessions, just plenty of time to write and the company of other writers when you need it.

For questions, or if you wish to go on the mailing list for future Milford conferences or retreats, email jacey(at), or phone 01484 606230.

Booking forms are on the relevant pages
We operate a waiting list system if the retreat is fully booked you can still put your name down in case of cancellations.


Information about attending Milford September Conference .
Skip explanations. Go straight to booking.

  • Limited to a maximum of 15 participants.
  • Open to writers from the UK and abroad.
  • Newcomers are always welcome. (Conference places ringfenced for newcomers until Easter each year.)
  • Adult and children's authors, novelists and short story writers, multi-published authors and relative newcomers. Must be science fiction/fantasy.
  • Conference attendees must have sold at least one story to a recognised market to qualify for attendance. If in doubt about qualifications, please talk to us.
  • Constructive peer-group critiquing.
  • Networking. A healthy exchange of ideas.
  • Conference: mornings are your own. Hard-working critique session in the afternoons. Sociable evenings - dinner and good conversation.
  • Friendly, constructive atmosphere.
  • Beautiful surroundings. Comfortable, warm accommodation. Single rooms. All ensuite.
  • Locally produced & organic food. Special diets catered for.
  • Price in 2019 - £656. Prices may rise slightly if Trigonos increase their prices. (Deposit £150. in 2020, and £220 in 2021. Balance payable on attending. Discount of £35 for vegetarians.)
  • Price includes accommodation and all meals.
  • Deposit is non-refundable if you change your mind after booking, but fully refundable if you are on the waiting list and don't get a place.

Milford Bursaries for BAME Writers of Colour

Bursary recipients for Milford 2019 are Russell Smith (UK) and Mbozi Haimbe (UK).
We have two bursaries available for 2020. Applications are open from September 2019 to the end of February 2020. Details here.

The bursary scheme is intended as an encouragement, not a quota. We operate an equal opportunities policy so all SF/F writers who are 'Milford qualified' are welcome to apply for the full-price Milford SF Writers' Conference places, subject to availability.


2019 Milford Conference write up

2019 Milford faces

2019 Milford Writers' Retreat write up

2019 Retreat

2018 Milford Conference write up

Milford 2018 group

2018 Milford Writers' Retreat

2018 Writers Retreat

Links to all past Milfords are here

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