If you haven’t been to a writers retreat before, this is the year to go. With bountiful numbers of writing 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.
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? Each retreat supports and boosts you along the path of creative production.
We’ve also added for you a few writing residencies. What are writers’ residencies you ask? They’re simply a way for you to cocoon with your work, experts, and fellow writers or artists, so that at the end of your stay, you and your work can emerge as butterflies. Getting into a residency can be competitive. You will need to apply, provide a sample of your work, and most likely pay an application fee as well for processing. If you are fortunate enough to get accepted, you might find yourself the recipient of a nice stipend, too. Though not all residencies provide financial aid, most residencies are free. Because residencies can be a turning point for many authors, we included a couple to tantalize you.
Scroll down to find the spring and summer writers retreats for you.
Sixteen internationally acclaimed authors host small-group workshops, panel discussions, and numerous readings. Literary explorations, a luxurious spa, and even an optional extension to stay a little longer to relax and write, all await you.
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.
The Write Away Staff, the Writing Round Table Workshops and the serenity and beauty of the Greek Islands make Paros a picture-perfect place to unleash your creative potential. The Writing Retreat’s daily writing workshops will take place in comfortable seaside surroundings. Enjoy lit-up seaside social sessions, a time for bonding and engaging discussions of craft and creativity.
Don’t miss out on this writing week of relaxation and stretching that will have an inspirational effect on your body from a daily yoga session. The really healthy food will also help to keep your mind and body on track with no sugar crashes, unless you decide to have cake in which case have your cake and eat it! No one will be policing you if that’s what you prefer!
Meet with screenwriters and producers in workshops dedicated to writing screenplays. Turn your novel into a screenplay or start one from scratch. Either way, prepare to enter the world of agents and producers. All in the 14th century Marouatte Castle in the beautiful landscapes of Dordogne in southwest France?
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 Italy’s cultural life.
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.
A Writer Within offers you a week-long journey into the craft of writing in the tranquil and inspiring setting of Tuscany. Whether you are interested in memoir, fiction or non-fiction, you will tap into your creative flow as we consider plot, dialogue, characterization, imagery, and more. In this safe and nurturing environment you will find there is nothing between your words and the page except unlimited inspiration. This retreat welcomes women writers of all ages, genres, and levels of experience.
Let the transcendent beauty of horse farm country in Kentucky be your inspiration for this generative and restorative retreat. Whether you’re writing essays, short stories, or a book, individual consultations and group discussions will help refine your work-in-progress, and you’ll emerge with clarity and vision.
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.
Paris, France The Rohm Literary AgencyMay 27 – 31, 2019Not included$1,995Idea to Draft, PublishingNo DeadlineWorking 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 Italy’s cultural life.
Let the soul-stirring beauty of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way be your inspiration for this generative and restorative retreat. Whether you’re writing essays, short stories, or a book, individual consultations and group discussions will help refine your work-in-progress, and you’ll emerge with clarity and vision.
The Literature & Landscape of the Horse Retreat provides a unique adventure for anyone who yearns for nature, longs to reconnect with horses, and hungers for creative inspiration in an authentic western ranch setting. Read, write and ride horses.
The Irene’s Memoir Retreat provides a creative space to define your experiences and write your memoir from the core of personal understanding. It is a time to connect to the heart of your story. Offering peace, relaxation, guided walks to sacred sites, laughs, Irish music, gourmet food, luxurious accommodation– this retreat is a memory in itself. The fiction retreat immediately follows for those who want to attend both. If you miss out on this event, be sure to check their Fall retreat in September.
This retreat gifts you the dedicated time, space, and guidance that your writing deserves! Jess and Ali have four decades of writing and life coaching experience between them, which means they’re uniquely qualified to make you comfortable and guide your writing to the next level, whether you are a beginning writer or have several projects under your belt. Mornings are spent in writing workshops while afternoons are given over to exploration and play, with optional one-on-one writing guidance always an option.
This incredible writers’ retreat in Croatia is one you wouldn’t want to miss. With 7-night accommodations at a luxury villa minutes away from the Adriatic beaches, delicious, healthy locally sourced meals—breakfast, lunch and dinner, creative writing and movement workshops, and guided cultural and historical tours: Waterfalls, hiking trails, and the lush ecosystem of Krka National Park, nearby islands, historic castles and landmarks, you’ll surely have a grand time.
Bond with other women writers as you read, write, and listen together. Open to writers in all genres, workshops follow the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, emphasizing the exploration of the authentic “voice.” This retreat offers a perfect balance of community and solitude in the family-owned Ninna Pension.
This isn’t a retreat, but we couldn’t help but inlude this five-day long workshop dedicated to immersing yourself in incredible literature and culture of Paris. You’ll be able to celebrate amazing women authors, and discover new books to read.
Olive groves, vineyards, wild flowers and herbs will flood your senses and summon your creative spirit. Lit up social sessions will take place in the garden overlooking the stunning countryside. Writers will also partake in a Tuscan Cooking Class at the farmhouse.
Give your creativity room to grow with this picturesque setting that will have you itching to get your writing done. The gorgeous Lisdonagh Manor in Ireland in addition to the writing classes this retreat provides you with will help do wonders to your writing.
The goal of the Writers Who Run Retreat is to bring together like-minded individuals with two passions: writing and running. Days are packed with a morning run, writing workshops, one-to-one sessions, and personal writing time. Retreat culminates with the night-before-party and the Writers Who Run 10k and 5k Race for Literacy.
An intensive retreat with technical courses on the craft of planning and writing to tips to present your book to agents and publishers. Hang out on a Greek island filled with the muse of writers. Spend time inspired by ancient tales with a group of writers.
During Pink Pangea’s Writing Retreat in Venice you will participate in Pink Pangea’s interactive writing workshops, experience Venice’s age-old beauty, immerse yourselves in Italian culture, learn The Who, What & How of Pitching, connect with women writers from all over the world, and feel emotionally refreshed and physically rejuvenated.
Daily writing workshops, and Lit-up social hours in lush gardens will inspire you. Excursions to nearby Bergerac, walking and biking through the verdant countryside, visits to local open air markets will surge new energy into your writing.
This Summer Writing Retreat will be the perfect chance for you to get your creative juices rolling as you tour your way all across Ireland attending daily talks and workshops, all while attending Irish musical concerts, going on island and castle tours and soaking in the beautiful landscape. If you miss this event, there will be another one coming in the fall, so watch out for that!
Hang out on a Greek island filled with the muse of writers. Spend time inspired by ancient tales with a group of writers. Feel the hot winds of summer and the soul of poetry. This is the place to find your story, write your book and find a magical place of quiet to write.
Set out on a transformative creative and spiritual journey through daily meditation, yoga and self-exploratory writing as a channel to reveal insight from within. Participate in healing ceremonies that help to call your spirit and stoke your soul voice. If you’re too late to apply to this one, there will be two more starting the end of July, and the end of November.
The Fellowship will provide housing and a monthly stipend of $2,000 to an emerging writer, for a term of six months to a year. Fellows will have their own bedroom and workspace at Wellspring House, a gorgeous retreat for writers and artists nestled on the edge of the Berkshires, in the village of Ashfield, MA.
Inspire your writing spirit, invigorate your senses and create the story that’s in your heart. A writing adventure to deepen your connection to your story in the stunning landscape of Ireland’s western shores. If you miss this summer retreat, don’t worry, the fall retreat is right around the corner.
Bond with other women writers as you read, write, and listen together. Open to writers in all genres, workshops follow the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, emphasizing the exploration of the authentic “voice.” For six nights, basque in the luxuries of a leading wellness center, offering spa treatments and activities on lush grounds.
The retreat is for anyone seeking to make the next big creative leap and explore what it takes to write a book. Maybe you’ve been thinking about a blog project that will lead to a book, a manual for your clients, a fictional story, or maybe you already have a book in mind — or you’ve started one and stalled — This retreat will help you to define and refine your aims and gain a broader insight into what makes your creative heart sing — and how your story or vision may be of service to others. That service may be helping others to change, or entertaining with a good story.
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 Dublin’s cultural life.
Set out on a transformative creative and spiritual journey through daily meditation, yoga and self-exploratory writing as a channel to reveal insight from within. Participate in healing ceremonies that help to call your spirit and stoke your soul’s voice. If you miss out on this event, there will be one more in November you shouldn’t miss.
The Summer Writers Retreat is a self-directed program that offers time and space for writers to retreat, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice. In addition to a single room, which doubles as your private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers. You will have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances and meet with guest faculty to consult on your work.
Meet with screenwriters and producers in workshops dedicated to writing screenplays. Turn your novel into a screenplay or start one from scratch. Either way prepare to enter the world of agents and producers. All in the 14th century Marouatte Castle in the beautiful landscapes of Dordogne in southwest France?
This retreat will offer challenging and supportive workshops, readings by local writers and time to soak up the atmosphere. Whether you plan to begin new material or continue an ongoing project, you will return home from this unique adventure energized, with a substantial body of fresh writing and ideas on how to develop it.
This retreat is for women who want to work with a master instructor who values laughter, creativity, and community, women who want to begin or advance a written project, explore the world with a fun-loving community of creatives, bond with interesting, joyful women, honor, celebrate, and strengthen their intuition, ground and nourish themselves, enjoy fresh and delicious local cuisine, dedicate time for creativity but also for play, and women who want to learn how to publish their projects.
Beginning writers will find the encouragement and safety they need to let authentic voices emerge. For writers who understand their artistic process, this is an opportunity to achieve a different tone or experiment with a new aspect of craft.
Treat yourself to a luxurious week-long writing retreat in the Danish countryside, mentored by accomplished writers Anja Klemp Vilgaard and Shawna Kenney. Make your writing dreams a reality in the comfort of a place far from the distractions of home, with the guidance of two professionals happy to share their expertise. Find your muse playing in the fields of a long summer night or in the silence of sunrise as you immerse yourself in Scandinavian elegance.
This residency is for writers working in autobiography, fiction, and auto-fiction. With the support of guest faculty, participants will explore the distinctions and intersecting themes between genres, such as when to be beholden to the truth and when to break free from it, writing fiction vs. memoir (and how to decide which is which), and teasing satisfying narrative threads from real life. Through these themes and questions, guest faculty will help writers develop their own unique voice and approach to writing autobiography, memoir, and fiction.
On Pink Pangea’s Writing and Hiking Retreat in the Swiss Alps you’ll get to participate in transformative writing workshops, enjoy interactive writing activities to get your creative juices flowing, experience a new kind of freedom and power — and fully express yourselves, take daily hikes throughout Murren, including a trip to Interlaken and a boat trip on Lake Brienz, tour the waterfalls in Geissbach and the Schilthorn summit, visit Gimmelwald, Lauterbrunnan, and Brienz, and feel emotionally refreshed and physically rejuvenated.
Inspire your writing spirit, invigorate your senses and create the story that’s in your heart. A writing adventure to deepen your connection to story in the stunning landscape of Ireland’s western shores.
The Irene’s Memoir Retreat provides a creative space to define your experiences and write your memoir from the core of personal understanding. It is a time to connect to the heart of your story. Offering peace, relaxation, guided walks to sacred sites, laughs, Irish music, gourmet food, luxurious accommodation– this retreat is a memory in itself. The fiction retreat immediately follows for those who want to attend both.
Experience the transformative power of a retreat, relax deeply to the ancient sounds of Himalayan singing bowls, release physical and emotional blockages with Yin Yoga and gentle flow sequences, re-connect with your true voice and tap into your inner wisdom through writing, and re-energize yourself in the vibrant environment of Hoi An.
This gathering is designed for writers, book lovers, and foodies in search of communal solitude. For those captivated by narrative, place, and the prospect of stealing away to read, write, or eat! Retreat to stillness, reflection, and salacious food. Allow the sensuality of Sicily to inspire. The Sicily Writers Retreats welcomes you to join us for a delicious getaway with mountain and Mediterranean views.
During this weekend retreat, you’ll loosen resistance, expand awareness and experience the lightness of spontaneous soul play. You’ll practice meditation and yoga, express through writing and visual art, and move and dance! No experience is required and all levels are welcome. Together you’ll re-ignite and embolden the creative spirit that lives within each of you – giving you renewed clarity, connection, and vitality to bring back into your daily lives.
This Autumn Writing Retreat will be the perfect chance for you to get your creative juices rolling as you tour your way all across Ireland attending daily talks and workshops, all while attending Irish musical concerts, going on island and castle tours and soaking in the beautiful landscape.
In this women’s retreat, you’ll gather with a powerful circle of women in rawness, vulnerability and expression, reconnect with your body and intuition through meditation, yoga and movement, experience the sacred rite of sharing stories between women around flames, explore core tensions and themes that carry through our relationships with ourselves, others and our lives, discover your truths moment to moment by connecting to your own voice, rekindle urges within yourself that are aching to be heard and witnessed, reclaim the power in the multitudes and regeneration that is inherent in feminine nature, and remember your vastness and the magic that unfolds when women circle together.
Sneak Peak at Fall/ Winter 2019-20 Writers Retreats
Escape to a mountain haven for a holiday to walk, write and retreat. Join writing coach Sarah Bullen and international author Kate Emmerson on an inspirational and empowering writing adventure with daily walks and connection. (There is a lot more info about us both lower on the page.) Beautiful settings make writing all the easier, and this one is breathtaking – surrounded by dramatic peaks, deep gorges, and crystal clear rivers. There is nowhere better to breathe in the pure mountain air and find your writing voice.
The Emerging Writers Intensive retreat offers a wide range of writers the opportunity to work on a portion of a manuscript in a workshop setting with editorial faculty. The program will help writers build their critical vocabulary, making them better critics of their own and others’ work. Participants will also learn more about the craft of writing, and about the conventions and possibilities for innovation, in their chosen genre. Evening readings give writers a chance to practice presenting their work to a warm, encouraging audience.
During Pink Pangea’s Writer’s Retreat in Rhodes you’ll take part in guided exercises to elicit each writer’s unique voice, participate in interactive writing activities to get our creative juices flowing, indulge in writing assignments to put the new tools into practice and receive ample opportunities to share your writing and receive feedback.
Follow – literally – in the footsteps of such legends as James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Beach, Gertrude Stein, George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, even Dan Brown across the boulevards of Paris while learning the art of creative writing through practical workshops and author meetings.
The Women’s Weekend Writing Retreat invites you to take time out to reflect, focus on your creative energy, and explore your writing as a way to express yourself. The retreat offers you tools and some powerful experiences to boost your self-confidence, and urge you to trust your inner vision of sharing your ideas as a way to create positive and inspiring change. There is a strong focus on working with intuition and your inner guidance to inspire your creative life.
Mountain and Wilderness Writing (MWW) is a three-week residency for nine writers working in any genre (fiction, nonfiction, journalism, or poetry), on mountain narratives, environmental journalism, stories of wilderness adventure, or projects with an environmental theme. Writers will enjoy dedicated, uninterrupted writing time in a spectacular mountain setting, and the community of a small group of peers from around the world under the guidance of three experienced editors.
To shake up your writing, you need to take a big leap out of your comfort zone. Chances are, your writing will follow. The Himalayan Writing Retreat (THWR) is that big leap. You go into wild, crazy India, only to find us and Erika Krouse – an award-winning faculty member from the Lighthouse writers workshop of Denver – waiting for you at the other end. This ten-day trip starts at the Taj Mahal, but you spend most of your time in the peaceful, inspiring Himalayas.
This retreat is for anyone with a book in their heart. You may be a new writer, or an experienced writer who simply needs time away to immerse in your book. It will guide you through the process of writing a book from start to finish. You need nothing but your ideas in order to attend.
The bulk of your stay will be at the inspiring Himalayan Writing Retreat, the home of two published authors, and a facility custom built for writers. Peaks that would dwarf Denali sit quietly in the distance as you write. In this serenity, you question all your assumptions about life and about your own writing. India may impart its chaotic vibrancy to your writing. And the Himalayas may infuse an unseen calm. You will be guided by a Fulbright Scholar who lives in the US, but has spent years in India. On your way out, check out Delhi’s amazing history, and board your flight to head on home. For intermediate/advanced writers.
On Pink Pangea’s Writing & Touring Retreat in Barcelona, you’ll experience Barcelona’s age-old beauty, participate in interactive and guided writing activities, gain new tools to express exactly what we’re trying to say, stroll the lively streets of Las Ramblas and marvel at Gaudi’s Casa Batllo, Park Guell, and Sagrada Familia, explore Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, take in the new tastes and energy of the Boqueria Market
spend your nights indulging in delicious tapas and sangria, feel emotionally and physically refreshed, and experience a new kind of freedom and power — as well as fully express yourselves.
Set out on a transformative creative and spiritual journey through daily meditation, yoga and self-exploratory writing as a channel to reveal insight from within. Participate in healing ceremonies that help to call your spirit and stoke your soul voice.
If you’re on the lookout for a soothing and secluded place to write and get creative, The Moth Retreat for Artists and Writers is the place for you. In the beautiful Cavan area, you’ll get a chance to work on your writing all while escaping the hectic city lives.
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.
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!