We’ve been looking at a lot of real-life locations where we can hold writing retreats, but while they’re all immensely interesting, steeped in history and are extremely beautiful, a lot of places in fiction are also dream locations in that we’ve always dreamed of visiting them. Or, if not, we’ve been quite curious to find out what it would be like to be around them. So this brief – and hopefully fun – list will look at four different fictional locations, and how they can be dream (or nightmare?) locations for a writing retreat.
1. The Usher House, from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”
One of Edgar Allan Poe’s most popular works, “The Fall of the House of Usher” features a doomed, decaying house – and a doomed, decaying household – vividly portrayed in Poe’s signature crawling, festering, beautiful writing style. How Poe writes how the house looks makes the feel of desolation palpable and convincing, creating a solid, living atmosphere that sets up the tone for the rest of the story. While not necessarily a “dream” location, so to speak, if you are looking to channel Poesque vibes, you could perhaps benefit with a visit to the House of Usher.
2. Riften, from the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a graphically breathtaking video game with a lot of picturesque locales that could excite the virtual wanderer and make him or her thirst for adventure. One of the most notable locations, however, is the city of Riften, the capital of a hold blanketed in perpetual autumn. The city of thieves and deception makes for a colorful place to visit, if rather dangerous, and while there are a lot of professional pickpockets hanging around, the mixture of quaint buildings, wooden paths, and autumn leaves, Riften would be the kind of place that would excite a wandering bard or a poet.
3. Hogwarts Castle
One of literature’s most famous castles finds itself a spot in this list. Hogwarts Castle is, of course, known to be the place where Harry, Ron, and Hermione have lived for several years, with their fellow wizards and witches, as they receive their magic education. The books make the castle sound exciting already, but the movies give a better physical grounding to the locales. Who wouldn’t want to stay at such a romantic-looking place, found near a huge, sparkling lake and an imposing forest? It activates the writer in you, don’t you think?
Camelot is, of course, the legendary King Arthur’s court and castle. It is the very center of the Arthurian world, where Arthur himself resides and presides. While people have attempted to place Camelot in an actual, physical location in the real world, it is hard to pinpoint if there was ever even an actual Camelot. However, that serves to fuel the romance all the more, as Camelot is site to noble knights and fair ladies of the Arthurian world, of banquets and challenges and conflicts and adventure. Just the idea of all of these converging together in one space sounds exciting, and so Camelot ends our list of fictional places where we can hold writing retreats.