Exciting Writers Retreats to Join in 2020

It’s time to escape your real lives and focus on your writing by joining one of these incredible writing retreats.

Writers retreats

As writers, our daily lives often make it hard for us to concentrate on what we love to do most: write. Sometimes all you need is a break from your daily routine and obligations to relax and get inspired. That’s why we’re bringing you some of the top writing retreats from all around the world. Whether you’re looking for a retreat that focuses on a specific genre or is taking place in a specific country, this list surely has something for everybody!


Georgia
Words and Wanderlust
Novel Writing

Words and Wanderlust Retreat

There’s no better place to write, recharge creativity and jumpstart one’s novel, short story or memoir than in an energetic, creative, and up-and-coming city such as Tbilisi, Georgia. From writing classes to mentoring, analytical feedback, writing workshops and excursions around the town, you’ll get more than your money’s worth and let your creativity soar.
Communal Hotel
Jun 7–13, 2020
$1,695
No Deadline

Canada
Vancouver and Victoria Schools of Writing
Fiction/Non-fiction Writing

Victoria Summer Writing Retreat

Both fiction and non-fiction writers will be able to enjoy the perks of staying in a large renovated comfortable Victorian house, one block off the beach. A peaceful, oasis for creativity and reflection. The retreat includes 4 classes and a reading which will primarily review basic story structure and word play, as well as other aspects of writing basics. Writers also get customized one-on-one writing coaching included, in addition to the optional guided and unguided time to explore Victoria.
Victorian House
Aug 23–29, 2020
1,485 (CAD)
No Deadline

Mexico
Vancouver and Victoria Schools of Writing
Fiction/Non-fiction Writing

Mexico Winter Retreats

No matter your experience level or your writing niche, this retreat is for you! The retreat’s focus and exercises are tailored to the group attending, helping new and experienced writers gain both support and encouragement from other writers all in the heart of beautiful Mexico. This one week of writing, networking and touring will sure leave you forever changed!
Deluxe Rooms
Jan 6–12, 2020
$1,035
No Deadline

Mexico
Vancouver and Victoria Schools of Writing
Fiction/Non-fiction Writing

Mexico Winter Retreats

No matter your experience level or your writing niche, this retreat is for you! The retreat’s focus and exercises are tailored to the group attending, helping new and experienced writers gain both support and encouragement from other writers all in the heart of beautiful Mexico. This one week of writing, networking and touring will sure leave you forever changed!
Deluxe Rooms
Jan 20–26, 2020
$1,035
No Deadline

Mexico
Vancouver and Victoria Schools of Writing
Fiction/Non-fiction Writing

Mexico Winter Retreats

No matter your experience level or your writing niche, this retreat is for you! The retreat’s focus and exercises are tailored to the group attending, helping new and experienced writers gain both support and encouragement from other writers all in the heart of beautiful Mexico. This one week of writing, networking and touring will sure leave you forever changed!
Deluxe Rooms
Feb 17–23, 2020
$1,035
No Deadline

Mexico
Vancouver and Victoria Schools of Writing
Fiction/Non-fiction Writing

Mexico Winter Retreats

No matter your experience level or your writing niche, this retreat is for you! The retreat’s focus and exercises are tailored to the group attending, helping new and experienced writers gain both support and encouragement from other writers all in the heart of beautiful Mexico. This one week of writing, networking and touring will sure leave you forever changed!
Deluxe Rooms
Mar 16–22, 2020
$1,035
No Deadline

Tuscany, Italy
A Writer Within
Women Writers

A Writer Within Retreat in Tuscany

This retreat 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 writing, you will tap into your creative flow as you 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.
Villa Castellare de Sernigi
May 30–Jun 6, 2020
$2,900–$3,700
December 1, 2019

Tuscany, Italy
A Writer Within
Women Writers

A Writer Within Retreat in Tuscany

This retreat 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 writing, you will tap into your creative flow as you 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.
Villa Castellare de Sernigi
Jun 13–20, 2020
$2,600–$3,600
December 1, 2019

Hydra Island, Greece
Write Away Europe
Creative Writing

Hydra Greek Island Retreat

The Hydra Greek Island Retreat is an inspiring and revitalizing Writing Retreat on idyllic Hydra, an island that has inspired writers and artists for decades with her beauty and serenity. We will be staying in beautiful rooms in the lovely Piteoussa Guest House on a quiet street not far from the charming harbor. The Hydra Retreat will transport you away from life’s daily stresses, surround you with fellow writers and mentors in a positive setting, give you new perspectives on your writing, and foster your creativity.
Piteoussa Guest House
May 17–23, 2020
$2,150
No Deadline

Tuscany, Italy
Write Away Europe
Creative Writing

Tuscany Retreat

The Tuscany Writing Retreat is set in the hills above San Gimignano on a wine estate surrounded by verdant rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards, wild flowers and herbs which will assault your senses and summon your creative spirit. Our home for the week will be in two splendid villas set on private grounds with two swimming pools and abundant indoor and outdoor areas at our disposal for writing, engaging discussions, and relaxing.
A Tuscan farmhouse
Jun 21–27, 2020
$2,200–$2,750
No Deadline

Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Write Away Europe
Creative Writing

Plovdiv Retreat

The Plovdiv Writing Retreats will take place in spring and summer, wonderful seasons to spend in this gem of a town that was the 2019 European Capital of Culture and is reminiscent of Prague in the ’90s. Our home for the week will be at the beautiful new Hill House Plovdiv with comfortable, modern rooms and facilities in Old Town, just steps away from the creative district of Kapana, the pedestrian street, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Roman Stadium. Writers will find inspiration among her cobbled streets and her aylyak spirit of being open and receptive to living in the moment, savoring the pleasure of existence and being unfazed by external pressures, an ideal attitude for looking deep within yourself and your writing.
Hill House Plovdiv
Apr 19–25, 2020
$1,650–$1,850
No Deadline

Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Write Away Europe
Creative Writing

Plovdiv Retreat

The Plovdiv Writing Retreats will take place in spring and summer, wonderful seasons to spend in this gem of a town that was the 2019 European Capital of Culture and is reminiscent of Prague in the ’90s. Our home for the week will be at the beautiful new Hill House Plovdiv with comfortable, modern rooms and facilities in Old Town, just steps away from the creative district of Kapana, the pedestrian street, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Roman Stadium. Writers will find inspiration among her cobbled streets and her aylyak spirit of being open and receptive to living in the moment, savoring the pleasure of existence and being unfazed by external pressures, an ideal attitude for looking deep within yourself and your writing.
Hill House Plovdiv
Jul 26–Aug1, 2020
$1,650–$1,850
No Deadline

Provence, France
Write Away Europe
Creative Writing

Provence Retreat

The Provence Writing Retreat will be held in a charming Provençal farmhouse with plenty of indoor and outdoor living areas for us to enjoy, including a beautiful swimming pool overlooking the Luberon–a land of lavender fields, vineyards, crisp light and rosemary scented air that has always inspired writers. For a week, we will be immersed in the Provençal life, enjoying good company over food, wine, writing workshops and convivial discussions about writing and the writing life. A perfect setting to get away from it all and reconnect with yourself and your writing.
A French farmhouse
Sep 6–12, 2020
$2,200–$2,750
No Deadline

Skagaströnd, Iceland
Nes Artist Residency
Creative Writing

Nes Writer’s Retreat

Learn Icelander sagas and the storytelling structure of the Hero’s Journey, while experiencing the pristine Arctic natural landscape and rich history of the local region. That’s in addition to the workshops and opportunities to share your work, you will have time for your own writing and a dedicated facilitator Emma Gibson from Nes to support you during your stay in Skagaströnd
Salthús Guesthouse
Mar 21–30, 2020
€1,850–€ 2,500
No Deadline

India
Indian Summer House
Memoir Writing

ISH Writers Retreat

Within the lush garden surrounds of the private villas and shared spaces, writers can choose a favourite place to write in peace and solitude. There are also shared writing workshops and individual one-on-one sessions to help you refine your story. In addition, there will also be reading sessions with light refreshments around the pool, under the cooling fans in the coconut lounge or a luxurious salon that will provide a supportive environment for you to share your work with other writers encouraging conversation and feedback.
Boutique Villa in Kerala
Mar 8–13, 2020
$1,500
No Deadline

India
Indian Summer House
Memoir Writing

ISH Writers Retreat

Within the lush garden surrounds of the private villas and shared spaces, writers can choose a favourite place to write in peace and solitude. There are also shared writing workshops and individual one-on-one sessions to help you refine your story. In addition, there will also be reading sessions with light refreshments around the pool, under the cooling fans in the coconut lounge or a luxurious salon that will provide a supportive environment for you to share your work with other writers encouraging conversation and feedback.
Boutique Villa in Kerala
May 3–8, 2020
$1,500
No Deadline

India
Indian Summer House
Memoir Writing

ISH Writers Retreat

Within the lush garden surrounds of the private villas and shared spaces, writers can choose a favourite place to write in peace and solitude. There are also shared writing workshops and individual one-on-one sessions to help you refine your story. In addition, there will also be reading sessions with light refreshments around the pool, under the cooling fans in the coconut lounge or a luxurious salon that will provide a supportive environment for you to share your work with other writers encouraging conversation and feedback.
Boutique Villa in Kerala
Oct 4–9, 2020
$1,500
No Deadline

Vietnam
Write Your Journey
Yoga and Meditation

Write Your Journey

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.
An Villa Boutique Resort
Apr 10–14, 2020
$990
No Deadline

Vietnam
Write Your Journey
Yoga and Meditation

Write Your Journey

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.
An Villa Boutique Resort
September 6-13, 2020
$1,650
No Deadline

Salta, Argentina
Creative Revolution Retreats
First book, any genre

Pen Paper Paradise Salta Retreat

Find your escape to South America, where you can relax, explore the Andes and write to your heart’s content! This refreshing retreat is for writers who are struggling to finish their first book. You just need to be ready to take risks, try new things, and be down for a little relaxation and fun too!
Private apartment
Winter 2020
$2,500
No Deadline

Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland Writers
Books – Fiction/Nonfiction

Iceland Writers Retreat

Explore the beautiful Iceland with literary tours, hang out with award winning authors, attend writing workshops and finally, write. If you’d like to take some time off from your real life to concentrate on your writing as well as enjoy the company of other writers in beautiful Icelandic countryside, this retreat is for you!
Veröld
Apr 29–May 3, 2020
ISK 198,000–ISK 261,920
No Deadline

Hopkins, Belize
Joey Garcia
Publishing

The Belize Writers’ Conference

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.
Jaguar Reef Resort
Apr 25–30, 2020
$1,799–$2,497
No Deadline

The Dordogne, France
Rocaberti Writers
Film Script and Screenplays

Rocaberti Writers Retreat

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?
Marouatte Castle
Jul 10–15, 2020
€4,595
No Deadline

The Dordogne, France
Rocaberti Writers
Film Script and Screenplays

Rocaberti Writers Retreat

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?
Marouatte Castle
Jul 3–8, 2020
€4,595
No Deadline

The Dordogne, France
Rocaberti Writers
Film Script and Screenplays

Special Rocaberti Business Retreat

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 special retreat aims to help a handpicked group of writers find agents and get repped at one of the top agencies in Hollywood!
Marouatte Castle
Sep 26–Oct 1, 2020
€4,595
No Deadline

The Dordogne, France
Rocaberti Writers
Film Script and Screenplays

Special Rocaberti Business Retreat

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 special retreat aims to help a handpicked group of writers find agents and get repped at one of the top agencies in Hollywood!
Marouatte Castle
Oct 3–8, 2020
€4,595
No Deadline

Portofino, Italy
The Rohm Literary Agency
Fiction/Non-fiction writing

Portofino Writers Retreat

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.
Private villa
Apr 27–May 1, 2020
$2,245.00
No Deadline

Cape Town
The Rohm Literary Agency
Fiction/Non-fiction/Playwright/Film script writing

Cape Town Writers Retreat

Head all the way to Cape Town for a change of scenery that will help jostle your creativity. Develop your book, play, story or screenplay in this dynamic writing workshop and retreat, with NY Times best-selling authors and literary agent. Story and manuscript development come alive at this acclaimed, professional workshop for authors of fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, plays and poetry. Develop your book, start a new project, fine tune your manuscript, or perfect your writing in progress. Writers of all levels are welcome attend this retreat to generate new material, develop ideas, or shape their stories.
Not mentioned
Feb 24–28, 2020
$1,550
No Deadline

Maui, Hawaii
The Rohm Literary Agency
Fiction/Non-fiction

Maui Writers Retreat

Head all the way to Maui for a change of scenery that will help jostle your creativity. Develop your book, play, story or screenplay in this dynamic writing workshop and retreat, with NY Times best-selling authors and literary agent. Story and manuscript development come alive at this acclaimed, professional workshop for authors of fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, plays and poetry. Develop your book, start a new project, fine tune your manuscript, or perfect your writing in progress. Writers of all levels are welcome attend this retreat to generate new material, develop ideas, or shape their stories.
Private Villa
Jan 20–24, 2020
$2,395
No Deadline

Paris, France
The Rohm Literary Agency
Fiction/Non-fiction

Paris Writers Retreat

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.
Private Loft
May 25–29, 2020
$2,245
No Deadline

Paris, France
The Rohm Literary Agency
Fiction/Non-fiction

Paris Writers Retreat

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.
Private Loft
Sep 7–11, 2020
$2,245
No Deadline

Collioure, France
Karen Karbo
Personal Expression

Come to Your Senses Writing Retreat with Author Karen Karbo

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.
Sep 20–26, 2020
$3,250
No Deadline

North Devon, UK
Retreats for You
Novel Writing

Develop your Novel Writers Retreat

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!
Private Room
Apr 20–25, 2020
£645
No Deadline

North Devon, UK
Retreats for You
Novel Writing

Alison May, Developing your Novel – Tutored Retreat

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!
Private Room
Jun 15–19, 2020
£595
No Deadline

North Devon, UK
Retreats for You
Novel Writing

Alison May, Developing your Novel – Tutored Retreat

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!
Private Room
Oct 5–9, 2020
£595
No Deadline

County Galway, Ireland
Carolyn Flynn
Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Ireland Writing Retreat on the Wild Atlantic Way

Let the soul-stirring beauty of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way be your inspiration for this generative and restorative retreat for writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. Whether you’re writing essays or a book-length memoir, whether you’re writing short stories or a novel, this retreat is designed to help you deepen and refine your work-in-progress, emerging with clarity and vision.
Delphi Resort
Jun 21–25, 2020
$2,295–$2,695
April 1, 2020

Wyoming, USA
Page Lambert
Self-Discovery

Literature & Landscape of the Horse Retreat

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.
Vee Bar Guest Ranch
Jun 1–6, 2020
$1,869
No Deadline

Peru
Page Lambert
Self-Discovery

Weaving Words and Women

This 13-day trip offers a rare opportunity to travel with other creative women, explore Peru’s Sacred Valley, and spend time with the Quechua women of the high Andes.
Casa Bella Miraflores
Apr 24–May 6, 2020
$4,200
January 15, 2020

Massachusetts, USA
Page Lambert
Self-Discovery

Fall Retreat in the Beautiful Berkshires

From outdoor excursions surrounded by the beautiful New England landscape to elaborate dinners in the company of other writers, and daily wrap-ups gathered around a campfire, this retreat will unleash your creativity.
The Hart House
Oct 4–8, 2020
$1,695
August 1, 2020

Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Ireland
The Creative Writer’s Workshop
Memoir Writing

Memories into Memoir Writing Retreat

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.
Bedroom Suite
May 31–Jun 5, 2020
€1,425
No Deadline

Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Ireland
The Creative Writer’s Workshop
Memoir Writing

Memories into Memoir Writing Retreat

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.
Bedroom Suite
Sep 13–18, 2020
€1,525
No Deadline

Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland
The Creative Writer’s Workshop
Memoir Writing

Work-in-Progress – Memoir Masterclass

If you want to polish and complete your memoir, dig deeper into the language of story and move your story forward, then Irene’s Work-in-Progress Masterclass is for you. Focus on your Memoir, immerse yourself in your story and engage in private story sessions with Irene, group writing workshops, and supportive writing discussions.
Bedroom Suite
Jun 20–27, 2020
€1,750
No Deadline

Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Galway & Doolin Co. Clare, Ireland
The Creative Writer’s Workshop
Fiction and Autobiographical Writing

Fiction & Autobiographical Fiction Writing Retreat

Irene’s retreats are known for their innovative techniques that show you how to focus, develop, create and write your stories. They also help weave inspiration and creativity into your writing journey through walking sacred sites, exploring myth and legends, and engaging in music and meaningful discussion. All while engaging with island life as you unwind in this treasured landscape.
Bedroom Suite
Jun 12–19, 2020
€1,675
No Deadline

Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Galway & Doolin Co. Clare, Ireland
The Creative Writer’s Workshop
Fiction and Autobiographical Writing

Fiction & Autobiographical Fiction Writing Retreat

Irene’s retreats are known for their innovative techniques that show you how to focus, develop, create and write your stories. They also help weave inspiration and creativity into your writing journey through walking sacred sites, exploring myth and legends, and engaging in music and meaningful discussion. All while engaging with island life as you unwind in this treasured landscape.
Bedroom Suite
Sep 6–12, 2020
€1,650
No Deadline

Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland
The Creative Writer’s Workshop
Novel Writing

Work-in-Progress – Fiction Masterclass

If you want to polish and complete your novel, dig deeper into the language of story and move your story forward, then Irene’s Work-in-Progress Masterclass is for you. Focus on your Memoir, immerse yourself in your story and engage in private story sessions with Irene, group writing workshops, and supportive writing discussions.
Bedroom Suite
June 20-27, 2020
€1,750
No Deadline

Colorado, USA
Creative Writing Retreat
Women Writers

Unplug and Write All-Inclusive Writing Retreat

This retreat gifts you the dedicated time, space, and guidance that your writing deserves! Whether you are a beginner or have several projects under your belt, this retreat will take your writing to the next level.
Private Room
May 18–23, 2020
$2,880
No Deadline

Minnesota, USA
Creative Writing Retreat
Women Writers

Unplug and Write Luxury Writing Retreat

This retreat gifts you the dedicated time, space, and guidance that your writing deserves! Whether you are a beginner or have several projects under your belt, this retreat will take your writing to the next level.
Victorian Mansion
Aug 9–15, 2020
$3,440
No Deadline

Alonnnisos, Greece
Women Reading Aloud
Women Writers

Greece’s Writer’s Retreat

Open to women writers of all levels, writing in all genres, this retreat offers a perfect balance of community and solitude. Bond with other women writers as you read write and listen together. Spend your morning every day writing close to the sea surrounded by the island’s flora. Inspiration abounds in such a setting.
Apartment Rooms
Jun 16–25, 2020
$2,325–$2,425
No Deadline

Galway, Ireland
L.R Johnson
Novel Writing

L.R Johnson Writers’ Retreat in Ireland

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 for your writing.
Lisdonagh Manor
Jun 13–20, 2020
$2,999–$5,199
No Deadline

Lesvos Island, Greece
The Writing Room
Memoir and Non-Fiction Writing

Greece Writer’s Retreat

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.
Sea-Facing Room
Jun 10–17, 2020
€2,800
No Deadline

Tuscany, Italy
The Writing Room
All Writers

Writing Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

This is a structured writing retreat for writers of all levels who want to tell their stories or write their books. It’s a daily combination of technical writing techniques, working through your blocks, finding ways to access your memories and plan your story. It’s ideal if you are writing a novel, memoir, biography, non-fiction, e-course and you need to understand how to structure a publishable book.
Villa Poggio alla Trese
Sep 12–19, 2020
$3,790–$3,890
No Deadline

Tulbagh, Cape Town
The Writing Room
All Writers

Writer’s Retreat in Tulbagh

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.
Room In Guest Farm
Mar 20–25, 2020
R9,800–R17,800
February 1, 2020

Venice, Italy
Pink Pangea
Women Writers

Writing Retreat in Venice, Italy

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.
Don Orione Artigianelli Cultural Center
Jun 28–Jul 2, 2020
$1,170–$1,495
No Deadline

Paris, France
Pink Pangea
Women Writers

Writing & Touring Retreat in Paris, France

During Pink Pangea’s Writing Retreat in Paris, you’ll participate in interactive and guided writing workshops, unleash and access your most powerful and useful tools — your words. You’ll also, discover your ability to make an impact with your writing, learn how to get published in diverse outlets, and leave with a portfolio that will encompass past and present experiences, an array of exploratory pieces, and reflective works.
Duquesne Eiffel Hotel
Mar 24–29, 2020
$1,590–$1,760
No Deadline

Rhodes, Greece
Pink Pangea
Women Writers

Writer’s Retreat in Rhodes, Greece

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.
Elysium Rhodes Resort & Spa
Aug 31–Sep 6, 2020
$1,790
No Deadline

Akureyri, Iceland
Pink Pangea
Women Writers

oga & Writing Retreat in Akureyri, Iceland

During Pink Pangea’s Yoga & Writing Retreat in Akureyri you will, visit Hrisey Island, a power spot for meditation in Iceland, and experience horseback riding, whale watching and visit Iclandic waterfalls. Visit the Myvatn geothermic area with nature spa, the lagoon of the north, tour through the stunning Akureyri region and participate in transformative yoga classes with Brockell Briddle. You’ll get to enjoy interactive writing workshops with Jaclyn Mishal, as well as feel emotionally refreshed and physically rejuvenated.
Private Apartment
Aug 15–22, 2020
$3,250–$3,660
No Deadline

Murren, Switzerland
Pink Pangea
Women Writers

Writing & Hiking Retreat in the Swiss Alps

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.
Sportschalet
Jun 20–26, 2020
$1,560–$1,840
No Deadline

Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel
Pink Pangea
Women Writers

Writer’s Retreat in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel

During Pink Pangea’s retreat in Tel Aviv you will, participate in daily writing workshops, indulge in writing assignments to put the new tools into practice, learn everything you need to know to successfully pitch a story, learn how to expand your network of publications and connect with women writers from all over the world. You’ll feel emotionally refreshed and physically rejuvenated, experience Israel’s age-old beauty, a tour through the artist’s market, enjoy a guided walking tour of the ancient city of Jaffa and visit the carmel market. All of this while immersing yourself in Israeli culture.
The Diaghilev Hotel
May 22–25, 2020
$1,080–$1,280
No Deadline

Jerusalem, Israel
Pink Pangea
Women Writers

Writer’s Retreat in Jerusalem, Israel

During Pink Pangea’s Writing Retreat in Jerusalem, you’ll participate in interactive and guided writing workshops, unleash and access your most powerful and useful tools — your words. You’ll also, discover your ability to make an impact with your writing, learn how to get published in diverse outlets, and leave with a portfolio that will encompass past and present experiences, an array of exploratory pieces, and reflective works.
TRYP by Wyndham Hotel
May 18–22, 2020
$1,260–$1,495
No Deadline

Donegal, Ireland
Wild Atlantic Writers
Creative Writing

Travel Writing Retreat

There’s no better place to host such a ‘Travel Writing Week’ than in Ireland. This retreat features a specialized one-week course in the art of travel writing, with hands-on, practical workshops led by an experienced travel writer. Here’s your chance to combine an enjoyable week in the picturesque Emerald Isle, with learning more about the travel sector and honing your writing skills.
Ensuite Rooms
May 4–10, 2020
€1,290
No Deadline

Donegal, Ireland
Wild Atlantic Writers
Creative Writing

Summer Writing Retreat

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!
Ensuite Rooms
June 15 – 21, 2020
€1,290
No Deadline

2 Mai, Romania
Wild Atlantic Writers
Travel Writing

Black Sea writing retreat

The Black Sea Writing Retreat is a wonderful retreat for people who enjoy exotic locations with loads of history and beautiful surroundings to get their writing done.
Ensuite Rooms
Aug 31–Sep 6, 2020
€1,290
No Deadline

Donegal, Ireland
Wild Atlantic Writers
Creative Writing

Autumn writing Retreat

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.
Ensuite Rooms
Sep 21–27, 2020
€1,290
No Deadline

Paris, France
Wild Atlantic Writers
Creative Writing

Paris writing retreat

Follow 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.
TBA
Oct 19–25, 2020
€1,290
No Deadline

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
The Storyteller Within
Women Writers

Journey into Sacred Expression Retreat

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’re too late to apply to this one, there will be two more starting the end of July, and the end of November.
Villa Sumaya
Jan 3–11, 2020
$1,895–$1,995
No Deadline

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
The Storyteller Within
Women Writers

Journey into Sacred Expression Retreat

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’re too late to apply to this one, there will be two more starting the end of July, and the end of November.
The Yoga Forest
Aug 1–10,2020
$1,575–$1,675
No Deadline

Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, USA
The Storyteller Within
Women Writers

Return to Your Sacred Feminine Retreat

During this women’s retreat, we’ll renew our self-trust, explore our depths, honor our expression and validate our embodied intuition. We’ll wake to meditation and yoga, express through writing and movement, and gather for stories around flames.
Seven Springs
Sep 10–15, 2020
$1,295
No Deadline

Fleinvær-Sørvær, Norway
Story Rebels
Wellness

Stone and Wildflower Writing Retreat

Travel to this picturesque Norwegian haven. Here, you’ll gather seaside to make poems from wildflowers, short stories from stone, and reimagine Nordic fairytales by the fire. Join like minds, diverse in experience, from every corner of the globe for lively discourse, fresh air, communal solitude, and cultural inspiration at the Arctic Hideaway.
Shared Skinny Cabin
Sep 18–21, 2020
€3790 – €3990
No Deadline

Uttarakhand, India
The Himalayan Writers Retreat
Fiction Writing

The Himalayan Fiction Writers Retreat

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 a 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.
The Himalayan Writing Retreat Center
Mar 31–Apr 10, 2020
$2,800
No Deadline

French Alps, France
Debra Moffitt
Women Writers

French Alps Writing Retreat

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.
St. Jorioz Retreat Center
Jul 18–25, 2020
€1,499
No Deadline

New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Murphy Writing
Memoir and Poetry Writing

Get Away to Write – Florida

Escape the cold to write in Florida. Spend an inspiring week working on your memoir or poetry. Enjoy plentiful writing time, insightful feedback, homemade meals and time to relax.
The Atlantic Center for the Arts
Mar 15–20, 2020
$1,645–$1,985
February 5, 2020

Aerzen bei Hamlin, Germany
Wellness Retreats for Women
Wellness

Queen For a Week

Pen your very own fairy tale that stars you like the princess who lives happily ever after. In this charming castle setting, you will learn how to spin a fairy tale. If your goal is to work on a fantasy novel or book, this retreat can help you get to the heart of your story and unblock dark passages holding your writing back.
Schlosshotel Münchhausen
Apr 29–May 3, 2020
$850
No Deadline

Paris, France
Wellness Retreats for Women
Women Writers

Paris: A Literary Vacation

This isn’t a retreat, but we couldn’t help but include this five-day-long workshop dedicated to immersing yourself in incredible literature and the culture of Paris. You’ll be able to celebrate amazing women authors and discover new books to read.
Not Included
Jun 10-–4, 2020
$1,895
No Deadline

Hawley, Massachusetts, USA
Writing Full Tilt
Writing Getaway

Writing at Stump Sprouts

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.
Stump Sprouts Guest Lodge
Aug 9–12, 2020
$700
June 15, 2020

Malibu Bay, California
Writing Full Tilt
All Writers

Writing at Serra Retreat, Malibu

The hills overlooking Malibu Bay are the perfect setting for a writing getaway. Serra Retreat is a paradise of gardens, pathways, a labyrinth, and the sparkling Pacific Ocean beyond. In this secluded setting, with gorgeous tile work and splashing fountains, you will find inspiration. All writers are welcome, no matter the genre, no matter the level of experience.
Serra Retreat Center
Feb 3–6, 2020
$950
December 15, 2019

Montelparo, Italy
The Memoir Coach
Memoir

Writing Holiday Retreat in Montelparo, Italy

Take part in a writing holiday that will be sure to satisfy all your senses in beautiful Italy! Set up on the hillside village at the beautiful Hotel Leone your writing will become deeper as you are surrounded by beauty. From the wonderful bedrooms to delicious farm to table meals you will be spoiled. The hardest part of this retreat will be saying goodbye.
Hotel Leone
Oct 12–19, 2020
$2,800–$4,500
No Deadline

Canada
Banff Center for Arts and Creativity
All Creative Genres

Summer Writers Retreat 2020

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.
Private Room
Aug 10–22, 2020
$1,753.24
April 22, 2020

Denmark
Hamlet’s Hideaway
Fiction

Denmark’s Writing Retreat

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.
Fredensborg Grand Inn
Aug 2–8, 2020
$2,700
June 1, 2020

Cavan, Ireland
The Moth Magazine
Artists and Writers

The Moth Retreat for Artists and Writers

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.
Private Quarters
All year round
€350
No Deadline

Santa Cruz, California, USA
Wellstone Center in the Redwoods
Writing Getaway

Wellstone Center in the Redwoods’ Writing Residencies and Fellowships

Spend one or two weeks immersed in a health-oriented exclusive writer 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.
Exclusive Writers Community
All year round
Fees Vary
No Deadline

Koh Samui, Thailand
The Content Castle
Writing Getaway

The Content Castle

Spend three months in this intensive writing program, featuring workshops, and roundtables designed to help you perfect your craft of writing. The beautiful exclusive house overlooking the expansive sea view will inspire you. You will be writing for real-world clients, under real-world circumstances, for websites, magazines, business communications, and more. The Content Castle provides content for a variety of clients through its parent company Archipelago Communications.
Exclusive Writers Community
All year round
$200
No Deadline

Uttarakhand, India
The Himalayan Writers Retreat
Writing Getaway

Create Your Own Writers Retreats

Pursue your creative project away from distractions in a quiet place. This retreat focuses on helping their guests find inspiration for their creative pursuits. It welcomes writers, poets, artists and their ilk – just about anyone seeking silence and inspiration. The loudest noise maybe the rooster in the morning, but the organic, farm-fresh eggs for breakfast make it worthwhile.
Writers, Poets, Artists
All year round
INR 6500–INR 8000
No Deadline

Conclusion

It’s a new decade, start it right by making it the one you finally finish your book in. No matter the genre or your expertise, writing retreats are the best way to get the push you need to start writing. What are you waiting for? Make the year 2020 count!

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  • Claire

    Thank you so much for including WORDS AND WANDERLUST Writing Retreat in this awesome list! We’re extremely honored! We hope to see you lovely writers in Tbilisi, Georgia this June! http://www.wordswanderlust.com

    • http://www.kotobee.com Kotobee

      We were happy to add it to our list. Let us know if there are new retreats coming up!