Best writing retreats for 2017 & 2018

 

2017

The Creative Writers’ Workshop

Memoir Workshop

Who is it for? The workshop is for those who wish to tap into their life experiences and memories, turning their life incidents into a creative memoir. Participants will receive feedback and excellent help from Book Writing Coach & Author Irene Graham.

When and where? October 13-14, 2017. Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Cost:

Link: https://www.thecreativewritersworkshop.com/writing-retreats-workshops/

 

Retreats for You

Writing Retreat With Yoga and a Healthy Menu

Who is it for?

When and where? October 16-20, 2017.

Cost: GBP 395

Link: https://www.retreatsforyou.co.uk/events/writing-retreat-yoga-healthy-menu-2/

 

Writeyourjourney

Writing and Yoga Retreat in Bali, Indonesia

Who is it for? The retreat is open to writers of all skill levels and genres, from beginning to advanced. Participants will enjoy relaxing yoga and meditation, sound massage with Himalayan signing bowls, and wonderful writing workshops.

When and where? October 30-November 6, 2017. Bali Eco Stay, Kanciana Village, Indonesia

Cost: Around $1,450

Link: https://www.bookyogaretreats.com/writeyourjourney/8-days-writing-for-wellbeing-meditation-and-yoga-retreat-in-bali-indonesia

 

CreativCastle

Write a bestseller, in a castle

Who is it for? Anyone who want to write a book that sells – we’ll focus on building an audience and launching to #1.

When and where? Usually in November for Nanowrimo, usually in Europe (where the castles are).

Cost: $850/week

Link: www.creativcastle.com

 

2018

St. George Island Retreat for Women

Who is it for? For women writers.

When and where? On the beach at St. George Island, Florida. January 7-14, 2018, and January 21-28, 2018.

Cost:

Link: http://www.persisgranger.com/St._George_Home1.htm

 

Kahini – The Maui Writers’ Retreat

Who is it for? The retreat is open to prose writers and poets, and will feature faculty memebers Kim Addonizio and Pam Houston.

When and where? January 14-20, 2018, Lahaina, Maui. The housing is located in the Aina Nalu villas.

Cost: Starts at $700

Link: http://www.kahini.org/the-2018-maui-writers-retreat/

 

Banff Center for Arts – The Winter Writers Retreat

Who is it for? Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply. The program is for both emerging and established writers seeking a dedicated period of time to work on their projects.

When and where? January 22-February 9, 2018, Banff National Park

Cost: $ 1,915.91

Link: https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/winter-writers-retreat-2018/20180122

 

Asheville Christian Writers Conference – 2018 Conference

Who is it for? This retreat is open to Christian writers of all genres. Participants will strengthen their ties with each other in order to effectively spread the Word of God through their creative work.

When and where? February 16-18, 2018. The Billy Graham Training Center, Asheville, NC

Cost: Starts at $304

Link: http://www.ashevillechristianwritersconference.com/

 

Brisbane Writers Group – Maleny Writing Retreat 2018

Who is it for?

When and where? February 16-18, 2018. Silver Birch Retreat, Maleny

Cost: AUD 180

Link: https://www.meetup.com/Brisbane-Writers-Group/events/243056298

 

Deep Thinkers’ Retreat 2018

Who is it for? This is for writers who want to concentrate on their writing craft and developing it. One-on-one writing coaching by the best-selling novelists of My Book Therapy will help participants and discuss topics from plot to characterization.

When and where? February 23-27, 2018, Destin, Florida

Cost: Starts at $1,349

Link: http://learnhowtowriteanovel.com/product/deep-thinkers-retreat-2018/#lodging

 

 

The Big Reconnect Sleepover

Writers Retreat Andalusia, February 2018

Check the site for details

Link: http://thebigreconnectsleepover.com/events/writers-retreat-2018-in-andalusia/

 

Creative Writing Retreat to Costa Rica

Centauri Arts 

Who is it for? This retreat is open to all adult writers. Participants are welcome to attend alone or with family and friends, and no previous experience is required.

When and where? February 2018, Costa Rica

Cost:

Link: http://www.centauriartscamp.com/adult-arts-tours/adult-writers-join-us-in-costa-rica-in-february-2018/

 

2018 Oaxaca Women’s Creative Writing Retreat With Gentle Yoga

Oaxaca Cultural Navigator 

Who is it for? Women writers of all ages and all genres – whether you wish to write fiction or non-fiction, poetry or memoir – are welcome.

When and where? March 2-9 2018, Oaxaca City

Cost: Starts at $1,395 for residents

Link: http://oaxacaculture.com/2017/04/2018-oaxaca-womens-creative-writing-retreat-with-gentle-yoga-lifting-your-creative-voice/

 

 

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 

The 2018 RMFW Writers Retreat

Who is it for?

When and where? March 15-18 2018. Franciscan Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Cost: $399

 

Link: http://rmfw.org/writers-retreat/

 

Northern California Writers’ Retreat

Who is it for?

When and where? March 14-18, 2018.

Cost: $2,597

Link: http://norcalwritersretreat.com/

 

Greenacre Writers

Who is it for?

When and where? March 15-18, 2018. Near Brixham, Devon.

Cost:

Link: http://greenacrewriters.blogspot.com/p/the-autumn-writing-retreat-is-three-day.html

 

Writing Between the Vines 

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Retreat 2018

Who is it for?

When and where? March 18-24, 2018. Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, British Columbia

Cost:

Link: https://www.writingbetweenthevines.org/tinhorn-creek-vineyards-2018/

 

 

Himalayan Writers’ Workshop 

Peak Collaboration: Writing Group Fiction

Who is it for?

When and where? April 9-19, 2018. Nepal.

Cost: $ 2,980

Link: http://www.himalayanwritersworkshop.com/peak-collaboration

 

The Rocaberti Writers Retreat

Writers Retreat at The Dordogne, France

Who is it for? Writers of fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays are welcome to join. Those who are working on a book/screenplay combination and those who want to turn their book into a screenplay or vice-versa are most welcome and are encouraged to join.

When and where? April 20-25, 2018, Marouatte Castle, The Dordogne, France

Cost: $3,499 per person

Link: https://rocabertiwriters.com/april-2018

 

Page Lambert and True Nature Journeys 

Weaving Words & Woman: A Peruvian Adventure

Who is it for? The retreat is for women who wish to explore the Sacred Valley of Peru and immerse in Incan culture, to help them tap into themselves and develop their writing skills and voices.

When and where? April 21-May 2, 2018, Sacred Valley, Peru

Cost: $3,920 (based on double occupancy)

Link: http://www.pagelambert.com/peru.html

 

Jennifer Louden – The Taos Writers’ Retreat

Who is it for? The retreat is for all kinds of women writers who love hanging out with other creative women, talking about writing and books. Participants will be able to discover just how much they love writing, and will be inspired to find joy in the activity.

When and where? April 29-May 5 2018 / July 29-August 4 2018 / October 28-November 3 2018, the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico

Cost: Starts at $2,155

Link: https://jenniferlouden.com/workshops-retreats/writers_spa/

 

Patchwork Farm Writing & Yoga Retreats

Scotland Retreat 2018

Who is it for? The retreat is open to writers of all levels. Aside from writing, participants will also get to enjoy yoga.

When and where? June 8-15 2018, Island of Cumbrae, Scotland

Cost: varies

Link: http://writingretreats.org/#international

 

 

Writers’ Retreat in Co. Galway, Ireland

Who is it for? For writers who want to develop their craft, learn how to push themselves and collapse their doubts about writing, and learn to develop concrete ways to make their writing goals come true. Participants will also receive important advice about different publishing platforms, as well as book covers.

When and where? June 10-16, 2018. Lisdonagh Manor, Co, Galway Ireland

Cost: $ 3,499

Link: http://www.lrjohnsonauthor.com/writers-retreat

 

Lost coast Writers Retreat 2018

Who is it for?

When and where? June 20-29, 2018. Mattole Camp & Retreat Center.

Cost:

Link: http://lostcoastwritersretreat.org/Lost_Coast_Writers_Retreat_Cooperative/Home.html

 

From AndiLit – Writers’ Retreat

Who is it for?

When and where? God’s Whisper Farm, Radiant, VA. June 22-24, 2018

Cost: $ 195

Link: https://andilit.com/retreat2018/

 

The Way of the Labyrinth – Playwriting Retreat 2018

Who is it for? For playwrights who wish to hone their craft and receive feedback and audience perspective. Participants will work in a community that fosters the spirit of collaboration and rich exchange of ideas.

When and where? June 22-29, 2018.

Cost: $550

Link: http://www.thewayofthelabyrinth.com/june-30-july-5-2016-workshop/

 

Clock House Writers’ Conference 2018

Who is it for?

When and where? July 2-6, 2018, Goddard’s College Plainfield, Vermont

Cost:

Link: http://www.clockhousewriters.com/clockhouse-writers-conference–retreat.html

 

Storyteller Within

Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat

Who is it for? The retreat is for women who wish to raise express themselves, and undergo a journey in which they will explore their creative selves, regain their inner voice, and guide their heart. There are yoga and prompted writing exercises that will allow women to tap into themselves. Participants will be able to explore perspectives, write their narratives, and own their roles as the storytellers of their own lives.

When and where? July 6-15, 2018. The Yoga Forest, Lake Atitlan

Cost: varies

Link: http://www.thestorytellerwithin.com/july2018

 

Creative Revolution Retreats

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Who is it for? This retreat is exclusive for women who are writing and trying to finish their first book, regardless of genre. As long as you’re serious in your writing goals and you want to learn and communicate, you’re welcome in this retreat!

When and where? San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, July 7-14 2018

Cost: varies

Link: http://creative-revolution.com/nicaragua-retreat/

 

Birth A Book

The White Mountain Retreat 2018

Who is it for?

When and where? July 8-13, 2018. Bethlehem, NH

Cost: Starts at $855

Link: https://www.birthabookcoach.com/retreats

 

 

Swanwick Writers’ Summer School

Who is it for?

When and where? August 11-17, 2018.

Cost:

Link: http://www.swanwickwritersschool.org.uk/

 

 

The Watermill at Posara, Tuscany

 Write Your Life Stories

Who is it for? For those who wish to develop their writing skills to tell their life stories. This retreat is perfect for those who want to write memoir, non-fiction, articles, or blogs. Participants will learn from author and journalist Jo Parfitt, whose students have gone on to write full-length works.

When and where? September 22-29, 2018

Cost:

Link: http://watermill.net/writing-holidays/writing-holidays-programme-2018.php

 

 

Gateless Writing Retreats

Suzanne Kingsbury 

Who is it for? Writers who have the drive, from seasoned writers to those who have journaled all their lives, are welcome to join the retreat. Participants get to share delicious meals, find their voice, learn their strengths and where they shine, and find their muses.

When and where? Gateless Writing Retreats happen throughout the year. Recent/upcoming schedules: First Annual Shamanic Healing and Gateless Writing Retreat, October 26-29, 2018. The Divine Feminine Rising Retreat with Sophia Sara Eisenman + The Novel Writing Nano Retreat in November at the Gateless Homestead.

Cost: $1650

Link: http://suzannekingsbury.net/writing-retreats/

 

2018 Delaware Writers Retreat

Who is it for? Details to follow

When and where? November 1-4, 2018. Cottages at Indian River Marina, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Cost:

Link: http://arts.delaware.gov/writers-retreat/

 

Writing & Touring Retreat in Barcelona

Pink Pangaea

Who is it for? The retreat is for women who want to “gain new skills and tools” that will improve their writing and publishing potential, are ready to develop their voices, receive excellent feedback, and enjoy sharing stories with other travelers.

When and where? November 22-26, Barcelona, Spain

Cost: $795 for a shared room, $1090 for a single room

Link: https://pinkpangea.com/writing-meditation-retreat-in-barcelona/

 

 

2018 Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp

Who is it for? For people who are dedicated to finishing a novel, and want guidance when it comes to polishing their novel and exploring the options available to them for publishing their novel.

When and where?

Cost: $780 for early registration, $860 for late registration

 

Link: https://www.novelbookcamp.com/to-register/

 

Other 2018

(Details to follow)

Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris

 

Link: http://www.leftbankwritersworkshop.com/

 

 

2018 BOAAT Writers’ Retreat

 

Cost: $650

Link: http://www.boaatpress.com/boaat-writers-retreat/

 

Alderworks Alaska

http://alderworksalaska.com/

 

Centauri Arts Costa Rica 2018

http://www.centauriartsacademy.com/writing-classes-and-retreats-for-adults.htm

 

The Moss Wood Retreats

 

Link: http://www.mosswoodretreats.com/information/

 

 

Write That Book Retreat

 

Link: https://www.creativewritingretreat.com/write-that-book

 

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Scotland

 

Cost: 490 pounds for a week-long tutored retreat, 200 for a short untutored retreat.

Link: http://www.moniackmhor.org.uk/courses/

 

 

Book Mama – Carmel Writing Retreats

 

Cost: $10,000

Link: http://bookmama.com/retreats/

 

 Blue Lake Christian Writers’ Retreat 2018

 

Link: http://bluelakecwr.com/agenda/

 

Sixth Annual Harvest Island Wilderness Workshop

 

Link: http://www.leslieleylandfields.com/harvester-island-wilderness-workshop/

 

 

Write Away Spain Spring 2018

 

Link:

 

EarthTreks – Writers’ Retreat In the Cloud Forest

When and where? Mindo, Ecuador

Link: http://earthtreks.ca/package/writers-retreat/

 

 

Texas Mountain Trail Writers

2018 One-Day Spring Retreat

 

Link: http://texasmountaintrailwriters.org/2018-writers-retreat/

 

 

http://www.bertonhouse.ca/retreat.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He’s been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors build profitable publishing platforms. Find me

  • Julie Hartley

    Hi there – I wonder if you would be willing to include us in any
    forthcoming lists of writing retreats? We are Centauri Arts, a writing
    school based in Canada, and we run an annual writing retreat in Costa
    Rica each February at a stunning rainforest lodge. Writers of all levels
    and genres are welcome on our retreat, and the trip is fully escorted. We offer
    writing workshops every morning, and writers can choose free writing
    time or sightseeing every afternoon. Our lodge offers the most serene locations in which to write: hammocks on the patio, a lookout tower with a birds’ eye view down over the rainforest, benches along the hiking trails and comfortable pool-side chairs. Please visit our website. I would
    be happy to provide further information and references, if that’s
    helpful.
    http://www.centauriartsacademy.com/writing-classes-and-retreats-for-adults.htm

    • OK I did add a link to that post, when I have time I’ll go back and add more info.

      Thanks! Ps you should join the alliance of YA authors group on facebook.
      Derek

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      • Julie Hartley

        Thanks, Derek – and I will check out that group, too!

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