Writers’ Retreats: The Place to Be

If you haven’t been to a writers’ retreat before, this is the year to go. With bountiful numbers of writers’ retreats the world over, you’re thoroughly spoilt for choice! Take time to glean advice and take inspiration from those in the know, wherever you go.

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No matter how far you are in the writing process, there’s a retreat for you. Need inspiration? Have the ideas, but need isolation to write? Started writing, but need a push? Nearly finished your manuscript, but need intensive editing advice from an expert? Finished writing and want to pick the minds of agents? Each retreat supports and boosts you along the path of creative production. Scroll down to find the writers’ retreat for you, all within the next 6 months.


The Rocaberti Writers’ Retreat – Dordogne (France) – October 12-17, 2018

What better place to work on your film script writing creativity than in the 14th century Marouatte Castle in the beautiful landscapes of Dordogne in southwest France? Meet with screenwriters and producers in workshops dedicated to writing screenplays.  Turn your novel into a screenplay or start one from scratch, or prepare to enter the world of agents and producers.

Rocaberti Writers' Retreats

Host:  Rocaberti Writers.   Category: Screenplays.

Price: €4,595. No application deadline. For more info: The Rocaberti Writers’ Retreat.


Women at Woodstock Writers Retreat – New York (USA) – October 15-19, 2018

Aimed specifically at women writers of all genres, you’ll get 4 days of peace and quiet. The workshop runs along two tracks: Writers in Process and Emerging Writers.

Women at Woodstock

Host: Women at Woodstock.   Category: Women Only.

Price: $619 – $698. No application deadline. For more info: WAW: Women At Woodstock.


Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing – California (USA) – October 19-21, 2018

Working in line with The Sun magazine’s belief of “brave, revealing writing.” You’ll get to take part in workshops led by The Sun contributors focusing on your own essays, shorts stories and poems.

The Esalen Institute

Host: The Sun Magazine.   Category: Personal Writing and Exploration.

Price: $420. No application deadline. For more info: The Sun Magazine.


Writers’ HQ – Various locations (UK) – Ongoing

Writers’ HQ one-day, procrastination-busting writing retreats help you explore your successes and blocks.  Set your personal writing goal for the day and long-term. Limitless caffeine, a scoreboard, gold stars, general silliness, and supportive competitiveness will help you reach your targets, break you out of your bad habits, and get your writing moving. No distractions. No excuses. Just writing.


Host: Writers HQ.  Category: Productivity.

Price: £35. No application deadline. Held monthly.

Worthing – First Saturdays: Nov. 3, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, Mar. 2. For more info: Worthing Writers’ Retreats.

Birmingham – First Sundays: Nov 4, Jan. 6, Feb 3, Mar. 3. For more info: Birmingham Writers’ Retreats.

Brighton – Third Saturdays: Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16. For more info: Brighton Writers’ Retreats.

Cambridge –  Third Saturdays: Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16.  For more info: Cambridge Writers’ Retreat.

Cheltenham – Third Sundays: Oct. 21, Nov. 18. For more info: Cheltenham Writers’ Retreats.

Portsmouth – Last Sundays: Oct. 28, Nov. 25, Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 31. For more info: Portsmouth Writers’ Retreats.

Coming Soon: Bristol, Leeds, and Manchester.


At Sea Residency Programme – Margate (UK) – November 10-18, 2018

You don’t need to be an established writer – you just need to prove your passion and promise. In return, you’ll get a week away at a quiet location, once famed as a great British seaside holiday location.

At Sea Writing

Host: At Sea.   Category: Novels.

Application deadline: 15th October 2018. Selection criteria do apply.  Writers under the age of 30. For more info: At Sea Residency Programme.


2018 Immersion Cruise with Margie Lawson – (The Caribbean) – December 2-9, 2018 

Who doesn’t want to escape a cold winter and head out on a Caribbean cruise? Take your manuscript to bestseller quality, with workshops and one-on-one deep editing sessions with Margie Lawson.margie lawson cruise

Host: Cruising Writers.   Category: Deep Editing.

Price: $1695. Pre-requisite: Online Courses. For more info: Cruising Writers.


The Writing Life – California (USA) – December 7-9, 2018

This 3-day workshop allows you to step away from the daily rush and tune in to your inner stories. It’s about sharing our stories and gaining peer critiques. Serving those writing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoirs or journals.

The Esalen Institute

Host: The Esalen Institute.   Category: Personal Expression

Price: $420. No application deadline. For more info: The Esalen Institute.


Writing Retreats with Victor Klimoski

Just Write: Making Time for the Love of Words – Minnesota (USA) – January 11-13, 2019

The Uncluttered Mind: A Day Retreat for Writers – Minnesota (USA) – March 16, 2019

Guided Retreat for the Emerging Poet – Minnesota (USA) – Ongoing 3-day packages

Uncluttered Mind Retreat

Host: Benedictine Center.   Category: Poetry.

Price: $65 – $230. No application deadline. For more info: Benedictine Center.


Winter Writers Retreat 2019 – Banff (Canada) – January 21-February 9, 2019

In this self-directed residency, you’ll get to work in the midst of the spectacular majesty of Canada’s Rocky Mountains. You’ll get to take part in writing circles, lectures and workshops to get your project moving.

Banff Winter Writing Retreat

Host: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.  Category: Writing Getaway.

Price: $1689-$2,330. Application Deadline: October 10, 2018. For more info: Banff Winter Writers Retreat.


Rohm Literary Agency’s San Diego Writers’ Retreat – San Diego (USA) – January 21-27, 2019

You can choose between a 5-day conference or going for the weekend – either way, you’ll interact with literary agents and NY Times best-selling authors in workshops, lectures, and discussions. Certainly not to be missed if you’re looking to network and gain sage advice from the best.

San Diego Retreat

Host: Rohm’s Literary Agency.  Category: Idea to Draft, Publishing.

Price: $1995. For more info: San Diego Writers’ Retreat.


Memoir Writing Intensive – Co. Dublin (Ireland) – January 25 – 26, 2019

If memoirs are your thing, then this 2-day intensive course is the place to be. You’ll learn about how to trigger life experiences, focus your story and strengthen your writing life.

Ireland Memoirs Retreat

Host: The Creative Writer’s Workshops.   Category:  Memoirs.

Price: €295. For more info: Memoir Writing Intensive.


Writing at Serra Retreat– Malibu (USA) – February 4 – 7, 2019

The retreat is a chance to hear a variety of voices, be deeply listened to, and experiment with craft. You will leave knowing you have plumbed your writing possibilities.

Malibu Retreat

Host: Writing Full Tilt.   Category: Writing Getaway.

Price: $950. Application Deadline: December 15, 2018. For more info: Writing Full Tilt.


7 Day Creative Retreat for Aspiring Writers and Artists – Khao Sok (Thailand) – February 15 – 21, 2019

In the beautiful setting of Thailand, this 7-day workshop is a full-on creative experience for writers and other artists. You also get to partake of Yoga and meditation classes.

Khao Sok Writing Retreat

Host: Create and Connect Retreats.   Category: Artists.

Price: $989-$1685. For more info: 7 Day Creative Retreat for Aspiring Writers and Artists.


Baja Writing Retreat – Baja (Mexico) – February 16-23, 2019

Set right on the Mexican coast, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to block off the world and write. The focus of this workshop is on memoir and fiction writing with writing coach Tammy L. Coia, so this is the ideal getaway to focus on this genre.writers retreat

Host: The Memoir Coach.   Category: Memoir

Price: $2700-$3000. For more info: Baja Writing Retreat.


Cape Town Writers Retreat – Cape Town, (South Africa) – February 18-22, 2019

Working against spectacular landscapes, you’ll be able to work on whatever writing in progress you have, whatever the genre. No matter your level, you’ll have access to top literary agents and writers, in the beating heart of Cape Town’s cultural life.


Host: Rohm’s Literary Agency.   Category: Idea to Draft, Publishing.

Price: $1250 For more info: Capetown Writers.


7 Day Creative Retreat for Aspiring Writers and Artists – Chiang Mai (Thailand) – February 26-March 4, 2019

In the beautiful setting of Thailand, this 7-day workshop is a full-on creative experience for writers and other artists. You also get to partake of Yoga and meditation classes.

Chiang Mai

Host: My Creative Retreats.   Category:  Artists.

Price: $1049 to $1499. For more info: 7 Day Creative Retreat for Aspiring Writers and Artists.


Writing Retreat – Victoria (Australia) – March 3-8, 2019

Take time out of the stresses and strains of your daily life and spend 5 nights out in the country. Not far from Melbourne, you’ll get all the time you need to reflect and write in luxury, whilst taking inspiration from the great Australian landscape.

Host:  Your Beautiful Writing Life.   Category: Writing Getaway.

Price: $3499 For more info: Your Beautiful Writing Life.


Indigenous Storytellers and Spoken Word Residency– Banff, (Canada) – March 4-23, 2019

Indigenous communities worldwide have frequently been pushed to one side. Residencies like this are an epic way to push the boundaries of traditional story-telling, whilst also working with peers and engaging readers.


Host: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.  Category: Indigenous Storytelling.

Price: $1540-$3476. Application Deadline: November 28, 2018. For more info: Indigenous Storytellers and Spoken Word Residency.


Spring Writers Retreat 2019 – Banff (Canada) – March 11-23, 2019

Set amongst Canada’s majestic Rocky Mountains, you’ll not only have sublime nature. You’ll also have the space to re-energize your writing among a community of peers. You’ll have access to writing circles, lectures and workshops.

Banff Spring retreat

Host: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.  Category: Writing Getaway.

Price: $1689. Application Deadline: November 28, 2018. For more info: Banff Spring Writers’ Retreat.


Portofino Writers’ Retreats – Portofino, (Italy) – March 25 – April 1, 2019

There’s nothing quite like a trip to Italy for inspiration? Well here’s your chance! You can take part in the 5-day conference or just for the weekend, and take part in workshops on creating plots, identifying your audience and the like.

Portofino Writers Retreat

Host: Rohm’s Literary Agency.   Category: Idea to Draft, Publishing.

Price: $1995. For more info: Portofino Writers Retreat.


The Belize Writers’ Conference – Jaguar Reef Resort in Hopkins, Belize – April 06 – April 11, 2019

Meet agents as friends at the Belize Writers’ Conference and. Agents will critique 1800 words of your manuscript and teach craft sessions tailored to your needs. Consultants will show you how to become an authorpreneur. BWC is limited to 25 writers so genuine friendships form while you hang out together for five days at a beachfront resort in Belize and learn about self-publishing, traditional publishing, small press publishing, and book publicity.

Belize Writers Retreats

Host: Joey Garcia   Category: Publishing.

Price: $2020. For more info: The Belize Writers’ Conference.


Write Away Europe Greek Island Writing Retreat – Paros, Cyclades (Greece) – April 14 – 20

An inspiring and transformative Writers’ Retreat on the enchanting Greek island of Paros. The daily roundtable writing workshops, mentoring, lit-up sessions, and convivial group dinners by the sea will soothe your senses and summon your creative spirit. The focus of the Retreat isn’t just centered on how to tell a story, but rather how best to tell YOUR story. How to unlock and unleash your fullest and finest creative potential and bring your story to life.

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Host: Write Away Europe Category: Writing Getaway.

Price: $1,650 single, $1,350 double occupancy. For more info: Write Away Europe.


Tuscan Writing Retreat – Tuscany (Italy) – April 27 – May 4, 2019

Carrying on the Italian theme, on this retreat you’ll get to stay in a restored 17th-century villa. You’ll also get personalized coaching and feedback on work, whilst also getting to meet like-minded writers.

Tuscany Writers Retreat

Host: Your Beautiful Writing Life.   Category: Writing Getaway.

Price: $2699-$3499. Application Deadline: 7th January 2019.   For more info: Your Beautiful Writing Life.


Luova Retreats – Vaison La Romaine (France) – May 7 – 14, 2019 and May 16 – 23, 2019

Luova is a Finnish word that means to create. But life is busy—how do we find time for creative expression? Spend a week in a villa in Provence in the south of France and let your creative side come out and play. Take inspiration from the peaceful surroundings, be supported by a highly-experienced resident writer and artist, and discover the confidence you need to embrace your creativity. They’ll make it easy for you to write, paint, think, relax, read—whatever you need to do to fuel the artistic magic that lives in all of us.  The same one-week retreat will be held twice in May, pick the week that fits in your schedule.

Luova Writing Retreat

Host: Luova.  Category: Artists.

Price: $1950–$4250US per person/per week. Book before October 31, 2018, and receive 10% off with code EARLYBOOK10. For more info: Luova Retreats.


Come to Your Senses Writing Retreat with Author Karen Karbo – Collioure (France) – May 26 – June 1

The retreat is designed for beginning, emerging, and published writers — anyone who feels the urge to reconnect with their writing self, or deepen and improve their work. Get in touch with our senses in daily morning workshops, generate new writing based on new experiences in Collioure and the wider world. In the afternoon, venture out — swimming, hiking, marketing, wine-tasting — and loosening our grip on yourself and your work.

Writers retreats

Host: Karen Karbo     Category: Personal Expression

Price: $2750, by February 1. $3,250.    For more info: Karen Karbo


Writing with Care – Newfoundland (Canada) – June 9 – 14

During whale and iceberg season, join this exclusive retreat for writers of all levels of experience. In the cozy Ochre House Retreat, you and six other writers will enjoy individualized attention from the fabulous hosts, plus home-made moose soup. Spaces are limited and competitive. And the deadlines are early.

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Host: Writing With Care.   Category: Writing Getaway

Price: $935 – 1250.   Deadline January 18.   For more info: Writing with Care.


Artist’s Sanctuary: Longer Term Private Retreat for You and the Muse – Barão de São Miguel (Portugal) – Ongoing month-long packages

Portugal is a lesser visited European country, but well worth the trip. And on this retreat, you’ll get the space, quiet, and solitude to work and focus on your writing.

Portugal Artists Sanctuary

Host:  Keziah Gibbons.   Category: Artists.

Price: €2035-€4075.    For more info: Artist’s Sanctuary.


Yaddo – New York (USA) – Ongoing Packages

More an artists’ community set in New York state rather than specifically for writers. This is nonetheless an excellent opportunity to retreat from the world in what is a historic landmark.

Yaddo for artists
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Host: Yaddo.   Category: Artists.

Price: $30 nonrefundable application fee, no additional costs or fees.   For more info: Yaddo.


Wellstone Center in the Redwoods’ Writing Residencies and Fellowships – California (USA) – Ongoing residencies and fellowships

Spend one or two weeks immersed in a health-oriented exclusive writers community. You’ll find a peaceful rustic setting, open-mic nights, yoga, support, and no obligatory sessions. Choose from One-Week Residencies, Creative Couples Residencies, Emerging Writer Residencies, California Fiction Residencies, and the Fellowships.

 Wellstone writers' retreats

Host: Wellstone Center in the Redwoods.   Category: Writing Getaway.

Price: Varies.   For application requirements: Wellstone Center in the Redwoods.


Whether you pick a one-day or two-week retreat, you’ll be glad you devoted time to focus on your writing, meet other authors, and give your wip the nudge it needs to move forward. With authors, literary agents and publishing executives also in attendance, you’ll find the industry contacts you need to really make your writing career work. You’ll also get to see some pretty awe-inspiring landscapes that might well be the inspiration for your next book! Happy travels and writing!


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  • Megan Mulrine Saukulak

    Awesome list!

    I’m hosting a Writers’ Workshop Retreat in Bali, January 19-28th as well! I’ve been searching most of my life for the perfect place in nature to seclude myself and write, and I found the most AMAZING location, in the foothills of Bali’s holiest mountain, where every private bungalow has a stunning view into the rice-terraced valley. This writers’ retreat is all about overcoming writers’ block–I’m a writer and editor and also a meditation teacher, so we’ll have 10 days of meditations for creativity, free writing time all day every day, and a group workshop every evening. I’m also providing private one-on-one editing sessions, 2 day trips when a change of scenery is needed, 3 meals a day, 2 massages, and tons of other creativity-enhancing activities.

    Dates: January 19-28th, 2019 (10 days!)
    Cost: $2000 (all-inclusive except for airfare & alcohol)
    Location: Bali, Indonesia

    • http://www.kotobee.com Kotobee

      Your retreat sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing. I’m sure lots of writers will love to attend.