37 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2019

37 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2019

Do you dream of getting away to write, but need some guidance on the next steps for your novel?

Want to meet and work with other writers, but in a more intimate setting than a writing conference?

A writing retreat might be just the ticket.

Why you might want to attend a writers retreat

Whereas writer’s residencies are mostly about working in solitude, and conferences focus on networking and lectures, a writers retreat falls somewhere in between.

Most are in beautiful locations (where, presumably, your creative juices will flow more easily), and offer a combination of workshops, tours and interaction with a small group of writers.

They’re a great way to combine a vacation with inspiration, networking — and, of course, writing.

They’re often pricey, but some offer scholarships (so always ask!), or you could create your own writing retreat with friends.

And remember: A writers retreat is an investment in your career, as well as an opportunity to get away. If they’re out of your price range, then perhaps a writing residency would be a better fit. Or, check out this list of grants for writers.

The 37 writing retreats below take place in 2019; they range in price, location and focus — so hopefully you’ll be able to find one that fits your needs. (Hint: Though they’re in order by date, many organizers offer multiple retreats. So if there’s a month that works best for you, command-F to search the page for it.)

Unless otherwise noted, the prices include workshops, shared accommodation, activities and most meals — but not airfare to and from the destination.

If your chosen retreat has already happened, don’t despair; click through to check out next year’s dates, as many of them are annual affairs.

Lastly, the author of this post and the team at The Write Life haven’t attended the retreats listed, so it’s imperative you do your own research before signing up. Ask to see testimonials or reviews, or search online for blog posts by past participants.

1. Creative Revolution Retreats

Leigh Shulman invites you to choose your own retreat dates — and join her anytime in January or February 2019 in Salta, Argentina.

Over eight days, you’ll enjoy intensive writing workshops, yoga, a massage and a private apartment in a bustling city center. Up to three people can participate at once, so grab two friends and book a date.

Cost: $1,800 per person (scholarships available).

2. Writing Retreats in Mexico

Run by the Vancouver and Victoria Schools of Writing and hosted by writing coach and author Kathrin Lake, this retreat is quite economical — especially for Americans.

It offers group classes and one-on-one coaching in writing and publishing. Dates include January 7–13, January 21–27, February 17–23 and March 17–23, 2019.

Cost: $850 CAD (~$650 US) per person (does not include accommodation or most food).

3. Under the Volcano

This non-profit program will hold its 16th annual retreat from January 10-20, 2019, in the Mexican village of Tepoztlán. The program requires a writing sample for admission, and also offers financial aid.  

It’s intended for “committed writers with projects underway,” as you’ll attend six three-hour workshops — with master instructors — in fiction, poetry, memoir or journalism.

Cost: $1,895 per person (does not include accommodation and some meals).

4. Costa Rica Retreat for Writers and Families

Bring your partner and niños along on Julie Hartley’s creative writing retreat from February 9–16, 2019.

You’ll stay on a working farm in the heart of the rainforest, with easy access to both hammocks and hikes. Each morning, you’ll participate in creative writing workshops, and each afternoon, you’ll have time to write or explore.

The week begins and ends with public readings — which your family is welcome to attend!

Cost: $1,399–$1,849 per person (does not include lunch or dinner); $340 per child (if sharing a room with two adults).

5. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Retreat

If you’re a fiction writer looking for a quick and affordable getaway, this retreat might be for you.

Set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains from March 7–10, 2019, it offers workshops, critiques and readings.

The organizers promise you’ll “find inspiration in the natural beauty that will surround you.”

Cost: $299–$399 per person.

6. Retreats for You

Located in a 17th-century thatched house in southwest England, this retreat center runs a variety of programs throughout the year. (And also comes with two resident labradors that you can walk through the countryside.)

Aspiring authors might be interested in the “Pitch to a Publisher” weekend from March 7–11, 2019 or “Developing Your Novel” from June 17–21, 2019.

Cost: £459–£545 (~$595–$706 US) per person.

7. Wide Open Writing

Interested in spending a week writing on the beach in Isla Holbox, Mexico, while making friends with flamingos and turtles?

This retreat from March 10–15 or 17–22, 2019, features writing workshops, daily yoga, body work — and “a community where, regardless of your writing background, you can explore the story you need to tell.” The hosts offer a June retreat in Maine and September retreat in Italy, as well.

Cost: $2,200 per person (does not include some dinners).

8. Himalayan Writers Retreat

On this retreat in the Indian Himalayas, maybe you’ll find the solace you need to finish that important project.

It has three sessions in 2019: March 31 to April 10 for all writers, September 30 to October 10 for fiction writers and November 15–25 for non-fiction and poetry writers.

Each retreat has a guest leader, plus two resident facilitators: a psychologist and an author. They’ll guide you through everything from discussions to long walks, bonfires, yoga and pottery. Plus, all retreats are airport-to-airport experiences to ensure participants safety and comfort.

Cost: $2,500 per person.

9. Iceland Writers Retreat

At this retreat, it seems like you get what you pay for: intimate workshops and panels with famous authors like Ann Hood and Chigozie Obioma.

Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the incredible country of Iceland. It runs April 3–7, 2019.

Cost: 199,000–283,500 ISK (~$1,644–$2,342 US) per person.

10. Holy Ground Writing Retreat on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail

From May 15-19, 2019, Carolyn Flynn invites fiction and creative nonfiction writers to join her on a Kentucky alpaca and llama farm for a “generative and restorative retreat.”

You’ll receive mentored critique, individual consultations, group talks on topics like story architecture, narrative flow and dialogue — and will even get to spend a day at the (horse) races!

Flynn also offers a retreat in Ireland in late May.  

Cost: $1,995–$2,395 per person (some meals not included).

11. Women Reading Aloud — Jersey Shore

This spring, Julie Maloney is bringing her women’s retreat to the Jersey shore for the eleventh straight year.

If you join her April 26–28, 2019, you’ll participate in writing workshops led by her and bestselling author Jacqueline Sheehan.

For a more exotic getaway, Maloney also has a June retreat in Greece and a July retreat in Prague.

Cost: $890 per person for a private room (does not include one dinner).

12. Luova Retreats — Provence

Ever wanted to add visual elements to your writing? This “creative exploration” retreat features a resident writer and artist who will guide you through sketches and journaling amidst the beauty of Provence.

You’ll enjoy organic meals, evening movies and poolside glasses of wine, plus yoga and meditation each morning. Two sessions are available in 2019: May 7–14 and 16–23.

Cost: $1,950–$4,250 per person.

13. Verse Kraken Writing Retreat

Making its debut on the list is this affordable retreat in Brittany, France from May 10–17, 2019. It’s taught by two British authors and welcomes writers of all kinds.

The retreat will “explore boundaries and cross-genres,” allowing you to be “inspired by spaces where history and present overlap, where nature and urbanity co-exist.” It includes workshops, tutorials, writing time and excursions.

Cost: £560–£750 (~$728–$975 US) per person, with a 10% discount if booked before December 15, 2018.

14. Write Away Europe

Looking for a place where your “soul and creative spirit will soar”? Travel to Prague from May 12–18, 2019.

At this retreat, you’ll participate in writing workshops, one-on-one mentoring sessions and nightly social hours, all while staying in the heart of a historic city.  

This company also hosts retreats in Greece in April, and Italy in March and June.

Cost: $2,050–$2,500 per person (does not include lunch).

15. A Writer Within — Tuscany

Spend a week at a historic villa in Tuscany — complete with your own private chef — at this women-only retreat from October 5-12, 2019.

After morning yoga or tai chi, host Kathryn Kay will lead group writing sessions; in the afternoon, group outings to nearby towns and sites. In the evenings, you’ll share your work and reflect on the day (over wine).

Cost: $2,700–$3,000 per person.

16. Aegean Arts Circle Writing Workshop

What is it with writers and Greece? Something about this country and its magical islands must really inspire.

This retreat — now in its 17th year — will take place on the island of Andros from May 22 to June 2, 2019.

Hosted by journalist and writer Kathryn “Kitsi” Watterson, it features workshops in the mornings, free writing in the afternoons and group dinners each evening.

Cost: $3,000 per person for a single room (does not include all meals).

17. TLC Writing Workshops

Want something a little different?

Schedule your own private retreat with Tammy L. Coia, a memoir-writing coach who lives in Bellingham, Washington. You’ll stay at her house, in a private bedroom with water views. Each day, you’ll have one-on-one coaching alongside home-cooked meals. She offers this at her home in Palm Springs, as well.

Or, if you’d rather work in a group setting, Coia holds retreats in Mexico in February ($3,000) and Greece in May and June ($3,900–$4,400).

Cost: $1,800 per person for three days.

18. Writing on Water — Croatia

Stay in a luxurious villa with views of the Adriatic sea during this retreat from June 8–15, 2019.

You’ll enjoy creative writing and movement workshops, hiking and waterfall tours, and visits to castles and other historic sites. This year’s guest artist is Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, the award-winning author of two novels and one memoir.

Cost: $2,675 per person.

Ready to let your creativity flow? A writing retreat may be just what you need.

19. Pink Pangea Travel Writing Retreat

Want to explore Venice while sharing stories and making new friends? Pink Pangea co-founder Jaclyn Mishal will lead this women-only retreat from June 19–23, 2019.

You’ll stay in central Venice and participate in daily writing workshops and tours. The company also hosts retreats in other countries throughout the year.

Cost: $1,040–$1,385 per person (does not include lunch or dinner).

20. Writing With Care

Picture a charming mansion by the ocean in Newfoundland, and something like Ochre House would probably come to mind. It’s hosting a writing retreat from June 9–14, 2019 for writers of all stripes.

Under the guidance of “extraordinary” instructors, you’ll discuss writing techniques and tools, as well as “the place of writing in one’s life.” The application deadline is January 18, 2019.

Cost: $935–$1,250 CAD (~$715–$956 US) per person.

21. L.R Johnson Writers’ Retreat in Ireland

If you’re on a budget, keep moving down the list. But if you want to dream a wee bit, scope this retreat, which is held in a beautiful Irish manor on a 200-acre private estate.

From June 16–22, 2019, you’ll participate in classes with two authors, a life coach, a literary agent and a yoga teacher, plus high tea each day.

Cost: $5,199 per person.

22. Writers Who Run, Retreat & Race

If you’re one of the many writers who love to run, you might enjoy this retreat, which will occur June 17–22, 2019 in rural North Carolina.

After a two-mile trail run each morning, you’ll have a full schedule of workshops, critique groups, writing time and social events. The culminating event is a 10K race through the woods!

Cost: $2,499–$2,899 per person.

23. Journey Into Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat

I love the sound and attitude of Aimee Hansen’s women-only writing retreats in Guatemala — and from her glimmering reviews, they live up to their promise.  

You’ll stay on Lake Atitlan and enjoy daily yoga, meditation and writing sessions. She has three dates on the calendar for 2019: June 28–July 6, July 25–August 3 and November 29–December 8 (plus a late September retreat in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains for $1,250).

Cost: $1,495–$1,895 per person.

24. Wake Up and Write Writers Retreat Workshop

For three decades, this retreat — in one form or another — has been providing an immersive learning experience for people writing novels.

It will be held on a 15-acre retreat center outside of Boise from July 1–10, 2019. You’ll participate in workshops, intensive writing and one-on-one meetings with industry professionals.

Cost: $1,895 per person for a single room.

25. French Alps Writing Retreat

Spiritual writers will love escaping to the pristine Lake Annecy from July 20–27, 2019.

At this retreat for aspiring book authors, host Debra Moffitt will help you “access your own inner wisdom and creative energy” through writing and meditation.

Cost: $1,699 per person.

26. Get Away to Write — Scotland

Murphy Writing of Stockton University will hold its 10th international retreat August 1–9, 2019 in the coastal city of Dundee, Scotland.

The retreat, led by award-winning authors Peter E. Murphy, Roberta Clipper and Christine E. Salvatore, is open to fiction writers, memoirists and poets. It includes over 20 hours of workshops, a session on freelancing, readings by local writers and an excursion to Edinburgh.

Murphy Writing also hosts a February retreat in Florida for $1,500–$1,700 per person.

Cost: $2,100–$2,300 per person (scholarships and early registration discounts available).

27. Write and Publish That Book in Lake Tahoe

Itching to finally write that book? California sounds like the perfect place to get started.

Come with an idea, and you’ll get the “time, space and instruction needed to write and publish your book within a year.” This women-only retreat takes place from August 4–9, 2019. The organizers also host two retreats in France in June.

Cost: $2,000–$2,850 per person (does not include dinner).

28. Hamlet’s Hideaway

This all-inclusive retreat will be held in Denmark from August 11–17, 2019.  

You’ll stay in the shadow of Fredensborg Palace, a “magical setting” where you can “dream and create.” Both beginners and experienced writers are welcome.

Cost: $2,700 per person.

29. Krouna Writing Workshop

Travel with author and editor Henriette Lazaridis to her ancestral home in the mountains of northern Greece.

To apply, you must submit a 10-page writing sample. And before attending the retreat in mid-August (exact dates TBD), you’ll need to submit a sample for group critiquing: either 50 pages of a novel manuscript or two short stories.

Cost: $2,750–$3,500 per person (does not include all meals).

30. On the River of Discovery

Let life on the Green River inspire your writing on this women’s retreat, which takes place August 25–30, 2019.

You’ll spend six days floating through Utah’s majestic canyons, going on guided hikes and writing under the guidance of Page Lambert — all while sleeping under the stars each night.

Lambert also hosts a Wyoming horseback writing retreat in June ($1,829).  

Cost: $1,599 per person.

31. The Creative Writer’s Workshop: Fiction & Autobiographical Fiction

Learn to tell your story while escaping to the mythical Irish island of Inis Mór from September 1–8, 2019.

In addition to writing workshops with host Irene Graham, you’ll enjoy guided walks and tours of the remote island — and even a pony trap ride!

Graham also hosts retreats in June and July, including one for memoir writers.

Cost: €1,550 (~$1,780 US) per person.

32. Write Your Journey — Vietnam

You’ll bike through rice fields, devour street food, complete daily yoga and sound bowl meditations — and, oh yeah, write — during this retreat in Hoi An.

From September 8–15, 2019, yoga teacher and writing coach Kerstin Pilz will guide you in group and one-on-one writing sessions — all while exploring “authentic Vietnam” to “ignite your creativity.” She also hosts a number of three-day weekend retreats for $650.

Cost: $1,650 per person.

33. Story Rebels — Sicily

As founder Malika Ali Harding puts its, “This gathering is designed for writers, book lovers, and foodies in search of communal solitude.” It takes place at a stunning lodge in eastern Sicily from September 13–17, 2019.

This retreat is more focused on activities — like horseback riding, pasta making and wine tasting — than on coaching or critiquing, but allows time for writing and reflection, too.

Cost: €2599–€3799 (~$2,959–$4,326 US) per person.

34. Your Beautiful Writing Life Retreat

Because no one can get enough of Tuscany: Australian novelist Vanessa Carvale’s retreat will take place from September 14–21, 2019, at a villa a few miles from the historical city of Florence.

It’ll include craft-based and coaching workshops, personalized manuscript feedback and even an onsite pasta-making class. Carvale hosts a similar retreat in late April, as well.

Cost: $2,300 per person.

35. Ireland Writing Retreat

Find your words in a country that’s produced some of the greatest literary minds in history.

At this Donegal retreat from September 23–29, 2019, you’ll receive practical instruction in writing and editing, as well as one-on-one critiques of your work.

Also included in the cost are Gaeilge language and Irish ceildhe dancing classes, concerts, an island boat ride and guided walk. The host offers more retreats in March (for travel writing), May, June and October.

Cost: €990 per person (~$1,128 US) with lodging and breakfast.

36. Write ‘n Walk Spain

Boy does this sound dreamy! You’ll stay at a restored farmhouse in the mountains of Spain, enjoying morning hikes, afternoon free writes and evening writing workshops — all capped off with traditional dinners and wine.

The retreat, which welcomes beginners, is targeted at people writing a novel, memoir, workbook, online course or photography-based book. It takes place from October 6–13, 2019.

Organizers also host a retreat in Greece in June.

Cost: €2,100–€2,400 (~$2,400–$2,745 US), with a discount for booking before March 31, 2019 (does not include lunch).

37. The Taos Writer’s Retreat

Want to get away, but not too far away? Try this women-only retreat in Taos, New Mexico, hosted by author Jennifer Loudon from April 28 to May 4, July 28 to August 3 or October 27 to November 2, 2019.

Your fee includes everything: “All lodging and all meals, daily writing seminars, daily yoga classes, on-the-spot writing coaching, plentiful snacks, and love love love.”

Loudon also hosts a weekend retreat in Colorado in September for $1,800.

Cost: $2,205–$2,655 per person.

Which one of these looks most exciting to you? Which ones did we miss?

This post is updated annually. It was last updated in November 2018.

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  • We just finished our 2015 Rainforest Writing Retreat set in the beautiful Lamington Park in Australia. It was an amazing three days of super-intense workshops, gorgeous view, personal pitching sessions and loads of advice on writing, editing and publishing!

    We had an absolute ball and can’t wait to get back for the 2016 RWR!

  • Diana Osberg says:

    This is a terrific resource for writers’ retreats! I wanted to let you know about several screenwriting retreats I’m offering at Mia Terra Tours & Retreats (www.miaterratours.com) that may be of interest to your readers. Award-winning screenwriter and top consultant Bill Boyle will be leading Writers on the Water Screenwriting Retreat (a 5-day screenwriting voyage on a brigantine to Catalina Island), Visual Mindscape Screenwriting Retreat (3-day mini retreat in Malibu), and Nosara Screenwriting Retreat (at a gorgeous yoga resort in Costa Rica). Geoff Harris, former VP of Story and Writer Development at NBC, will be leading our TV Writers Room Workshop. Please visit our website for details. Thanks!

  • Sylvia de la Sancha says:

    Thank you and looking forward to being on your email list :-).

  • Hi Susan,
    Great list! I’d like to add one… I started The Phuket Paradise Writers’ Retreat three years ago in Phuket, Thailand. This year’s will take place Oct. 23-30. There’s still space if anyone can get away to write in paradise with us 🙂 You can find more information here – http://www.globalwritingsolutions.com/Writers_retreat.html

    Happy Writing,

  • Hi,
    For those looking for a writing retreat immersed in an Irish cultural experience, you might want to check us out at irelandwritingretreat.com
    Looking forward to answer any questions you might have.

  • Lisa Porter says:

    Thought you’d like to know about this little gem:

    Writing With Care
    May 6-21, 2016
    Ochre Pit Cove, Newfoundland, Canada
    $675- $925
    Rates include accommodations and delicious, heathy meals with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available.

    Award winning dramaturge Lois Brown leads this unique retreat, providing one-on-one guided reflection and time to write in a spectacular and comfortable setting.
    Participants are encouraged to bring consciousness to the habitual in order to be open to transformation.

    Who should apply:
    Writers working in any field: fiction, non-fiction, scriptwriting, poetry, journal writing, academic writing or any one interested in exploring the creative process through writing. It can be very helpful for those who need to present publicly such as authors on tour or academics presenting papers.

    The Church at Ochre Pit Cove is a converted church that has been gorgeously renovated to include a spacious studio, living area and beautiful accommodations.

    Space is limited. Apply early!


  • Aimee Hansen says:

    I’m so grateful to find the Women’s Sacred Expression Retreat I guide on this list as number 3! I look forward to meeting more amazing women to explore our truths and stoke our soul voices in 2016! Susan has mentioned dates for late January & March. I will also be adding more retreats later in the year, so do check in on my website (www.thestorytellerwithin.com) or sign up for the newsletter if your heart or your pen or your curiosity or your courage pulls you to join a women’s sacred circle!
    Much love xo Aimee

  • Diana Osberg says:

    Thank you so much for including our Visual Mindscape Screenwriting Retreat with award-winning screenwriter Bill Boyle as number 5 in this article! We’re honored!

    We’re offering a special holiday price for commuters. You can attend the Visual Mindscape Screenwriting Retreat for $275, a $100 savings over the regular price, if you register by Christmas. Go here to register: http://www.miaterratours.com/vm-holiday-special.html

    If you don’t live in the Los Angeles area, you can register as a commuter for this low price and then contact me at info@miaterratours.com to reserve a sleeping room at the retreat center. You have a choice of single or shared accommodations that include meals.

    Happy holidays to everyone!
    Diana Osberg
    Mia Terra Tours & Retreats

  • Thanks so much for including Creative Revolution in this list again for 2016. Our 2015 retreats were absolutely amazing, and it’s even more gratifying watching our participants stretch their writing practice and publish their writing.

    And also, we just put out an early bird special for the Nicaragua retreat today! Depending on which room you choose, it’s 15 percent off the regular price through the end of January.

    Anyone interested can sign up at that price here: http://tinyurl.com/h5buupf

  • I am running a reasonably priced novel writing retreat in France in June http://www.frenchgiteholiday.com

  • Irene Graham says:

    Thank you to Susan Shain and The Write Life Team for posting my writing retreat – The Creative Writer’s Workshop: Fiction & Autobiographical Fiction (#24) in the 2016 list, most appreciated.

    I’m looking forward to welcoming another group of international writers to the incredible island of Inis Mor, the Aran Island off Galway in Ireland next Sept, to dig deep into developing your manuscripts so you go home knowing how to complete your novel. Of course the retreat offers a lot more in addition to the writing workshop….

    And you can also stay on the island for an extra week to work on your memoir in my Memoir Writing Retreat Workshop. In fact no one ever wants to leave this mythical island!

    Thanks again to The Write Life Team…congratulations on your website, you’re doing a great job! Irene G.

  • If you can’t get away to attend (or can’t afford) a writing retreat, start one in your own town. I did! Three years ago I started the Annual Phuket Paradise Writers’ Retreat. It’s held the last week of October leading into National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). If anyone’s interested, let me know!

  • Another retreat that has been running strong for three years is the WOWretreat. Week Of Writing focuses on picture books and is set in the rustic country setting of waterfall country in Helen, Georgia. Surrounded by nature walks through the Appalachian mountains and sightseeing in the sweet Germantown of Helen, this week long retreat features a strong line up of agents, editors, and authors. Prices are all inclusive. More information is available at http://www.wowretreat.net .

  • Karen Dawson says:

    How great to know that there’s so much creativity going on out there! I’m running creative writing retreats in a fabulous villa in Umbria with some of the best food and wine in the world. These courses are for that moment in your life when you need some real luxury and indulgence, mentally, creatively and physically. Accommodation, meals and all tuition and materials cost around £1850 for the week, not including flights. More formation can be found on my website at http://www.writemyself.co.uk

  • Karen Dionne says:

    The Salt Cay Writers Retreat May 23-28 takes place on a private island in the Bahamas. Students get individual feedback and group instruction from #1 NYTimes bestselling authors and top literary agents, along with plenty of free time to write in a gorgeous and inspiring setting.

    2016 faculty includes authors Lee Child, Tea Obreht, Ann Hood, and Lorenzo Carcaterra, and agents Jeff Kleinman, Erin Harris and Erin Niumata (Folio Literary Management) and Kristin Nelson (Nelson Literary Agency.

    $2,450 before Jan 30; $2,950 after.

    More information at http://saltcaywritersretreat.com/

  • Diana Osberg says:

    The Nosara Screenwriting Retreat will be May 7-14, 2016 at the beautiful Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort in Costa Rica, set on over 8 acres of stunning grounds only steps from the Pacific Ocean. This idyllic environment is the perfect place for writing, relaxing and renewing the spirit of inspiration. Info at: http://www.miaterratours.com/nosara-retreat.html

    Bill Boyle, award-winning screenwriter and master of visual storytelling, will guide a small group of screenwriters in a week-long immersion into the craft of screenwriting, with classes, one-on-one coaching and lots of quiet time to write. Bill has become one of the most popular script consultants in the industry. Creative Screenwriting Magazine rated him among the top 10% of screenwriting consultants. He lectures at universities and film schools throughout the United States and Canada, has taught at UCLA Extensions and is quickly gaining a worldwide following, with clients in North America, Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom.

    Package includes:
    • Screenwriting program
    • Bill’s online courses Creating a Narrative in the Here & Now and The Pulse of Dialogue (to take prior to the retreat)
    • Bill’s book The Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay
    • Round trip airport transfers from Liberia Airport to Bodhi Tree Resort
    • 7 nights’ accommodations at Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort
    • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner (beginning with dinner on Saturday, May 7 and ending with breakfast on Saturday, May 14)
    • One group tour with resort transfer

    The cost of the retreat is $3599 (5% discount if paid in full at booking).
    Reserve your spot by January 10 with a $500 deposit (or full payment).
    Register at: http://www.miaterratours.com/register-nosara.html

  • Eliza Reid says:

    Thank you very much for including the Iceland Writers Retreat in your list of retreats to attend in 2016! I know there are (understandably) a lot of comments of cost here, and I just wanted to add that we run a writing competition to attend the IWR free of charge, and this year also offered an Alumni Award (funded by our alumni, but open to all) that was granted based on both merit and financial need. Our places are now filled for the 2016 Retreat, but we hope to be able to offer both of these awards again for the 2017 event. With thanks and best wishes, Eliza Reid, Co-Founder

  • I’d like to throw our Tuscan screenwriting retreat into the mix. Been doing it since 2008 and our alums have gone on to win contests, get agents and move their careers forward. Would love to see some of you there this summer!


  • These writer’s retreats are all great and taught by well-qualified writers.
    However, the one thing that virtually ALL freelance writers struggle with is selling their stories. Let’s face it: most writers prefer to write, but really suck at marketing.
    The catch is: If you can’t sell your stories, you don’t get to write them.

    Here are some details of my upcoming marketing workshop. It’s the only marketing workshop that you’ll find anywhere in the world. And yes, it’s expensive. Right now it’ll cost you just under $1,000. However, if you learn how to sell your stories, you’ll earn this back within a few weeks.

    The Complete Travel Writer’s Marketing Workshop

    Final Call: Holiday discount extended for 1 more week.
    We’ve extended the holiday discount until midnight, January 10th.
    This means you can still save $250 off the regular workshop price if you register this week.
    We only have 7 seats left so if you want to attend this workshop, I’d recommend you do it now.
    And since we really want to fill all these seats this week, we have one final offer: you can bring a friend for half price. If you register this week, that means 50% off the holiday discount – a huge savings of almost $500!


    Bring a friend for half price is perfect for:
    – Couples who want to work at this travel writing game as a team, as my wife and I do (as writer and travel photographer).
    – People who have a friend interested in getting into travel writing. Invite your friend and share the savings!
    – People who feel more comfortable attending a workshop with someone they know – here’s your chance to bring a friend or supporter.

    **If you want to bring a friend for half price, please email me today at PitchTravelWrite@gmail.com and I will reserve 2 spots for you and take care of the payment process.**

    After midnight on January 10th the workshop goes up to the regular price.
    Act now before you miss out on the savings!

    To qualify for the discount, you must be a subscriber to my free weekly PitchTravelWrite.com newsletter/ezine. You can subscribe here:

  • Susan, thank you so much for this article, what a wonderful list! Those who are looking for the opportunity to discover the joy of writing (or perhaps rediscover it), in a beautiful little village in the Champagne region, along with a small group of other writers (whether experienced or novice) may be interested in my writing workshop/retreat, Writing from the Heart…in the Heart of France. I seek to provide a nurturing, nonjudgmental environment in which participants are encouraged to find “the time, the courage, and the inspiration” to write about “whatever is most important to YOU!” There are sessions coming up in April and May of 2016. Details available on my website.

  • Diana Osberg says:

    If you’re working on your memoirs or would like to learn how, I’ve put together a memoir writing retreat, Stories of Your Days Memoir Writing Retreat, with award-winning writer Jay Speyerer. Join us June 3-5, 2016 at the Ligonier Camp & Conference Center, in the beautiful Laurel Highland Mountains of Western Pennsylvania, to discover and begin to write the stories of your days.

    Whether you want to record a personal history just for you and your family, publish a book about your heritage, or do something in between, Jay Speyerer will help you uncover the key moments of your life (so far) and teach you how to get them on the page for yourself, your loved ones and posterity. Known as “Pittsburgh’s Mark Twain,” Jay Speyerer has been a speaker, a writer, a trainer, and an educator for more than 30 years, successfully helping people achieve their goals in memoir writing.

    For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.miaterratours.com/memoir-writing-retreat.html

  • Being a part of a community is always great for both emerging and established writers. Genius germinates in groups – and fortunately there’s an abundance of Writers Retreats for every taste and budget. http://www.WriteAwayEurope.com offers Creative Writing Retreats in Captivating Locales in Europe (Spain, Greece, Italy, France & Czech Republic), led by published writers and publishing professionals, ranging from 1-3 weeks and regularly also offers regular merit-based Fellowship Awards. Writing is a journey – enjoy the scenery!

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