Silent writers retreats in the heart of the city


About Us

Zenpens is an exciting new writer’s retreat based in Cardiff City Centre. Adapted from the Writer’s Army workshops lead by the New York playwright Anne Washburn, Zenpens allows writers to concentrate solely on their work in meditative silence.

Togetherness is a spur . The presence of other writers can allow you to work longer and more productively than you normally would and helps to move you through periods of inattention and malaise.

How it Works

Zenpens offers a one day silent writers retreat. No phones. No social media. No distractions.

Meeting at 9:45 am for a short debrief and writing exercises, we start working in earnest at 10 am until 1 pm. An hour lunch. Then more silent writing from 2 pm until 6 pm.

The most important rule is that everyone starts and leaves at the same time. It’s a quiet space, but most importantly it’s a space where everyone is working steadily together.

We also ask that people not work during lunch. Periods of not working and switching off completely are vital for overall productivity.



Paul-Robbie Stoyle studied Drama and Contemporary Theatre at Anglia Ruskin University. Since graduating with a Masters Degree, he has worked continuously within the theatre and cabaret circles of his adopted hometown of Brighton. He was awarded an honorary placement within the Brighton Fringe 2016 for his debut dark comedic play 'A Faction of the Price'. Since then he has worked with theatre companies across the UK, including Blindspot Theatre, Writeon and Frequency Theatre.

How Much?

We don't believe money should be a factor preventing your creative progress. All money collected at the retreats are used to pay for the space and its upkeep. If you can, please pay the suggested donation of £8 or £5 concessions.


When? Where?

Next Retreat

Zenpens will be taking place on the 20th April at 9:45am at John Dennithorne Room, Quaker Meeting House, 43 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GB.

Spaces are limited, so please email to confirm your interest.

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