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Since COVID has drastically changed the world we live in, many of these retreats may be canceled, postponed or moved online. Check with each individual retreat for details.

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

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

A writing retreat might be just the ticket.

And while some of these retreats might still be on hold due to the pandemic, many are getting back into hosting.

Why you might want to attend a writers retreat

Whereas writing residencies are mostly about working in solitude, and conferences focus on networking and lectures, writing retreats fall somewhere in between.

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

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

They can be pricey, but some offer scholarships (so always ask!), or consider creating your own writing retreat with friends.

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

Looking for a women-only retreat? Some of the retreats on this list fit the bill, and you can also hop over to our post on women’s writing retreats .

Incredible writers’ retreats to attend in 2022

The writing retreats below take place in 2022 (unless they’re postponed or cancelled because of the pandemic) — and are organized by location, in order from least to most expensive.

(Hint: If there’s a particular country or month that works best for you, command-F to search the page for it.)

Unless otherwise noted, the prices include workshops, shared accommodation, activities and most meals. None include airfare to and from the destination.

If your chosen retreat has already happened, don’t despair; click through to check out next year’s dates, as many of them are annual affairs. And the same goes for if one has been postponed due to COVID.  

Please keep in mind that The Write Life team has not attended these retreats. While we’ve gathered as much information as possible to share with you, consider this a starting point, and do your own research before committing. To ensure you’ll have an enjoyable experience, we recommend reading testimonials and reviews, or asking the host to connect you with past participants.

USA & Canada

1. rocky mountain fiction writers retreat.

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

Set at the Franciscan Retreat Center of the Colorado Rockies it offers workshops, critiques and readings. The organizers promise you’ll “find inspiration in the natural beauty that will surround you.”

The retreat has a handful of Facebook reviews, with Diana Williams writing , “Everything – the people, the training – I am so impressed!” and Hillary Rose adding , “RMFW is a quality conference! Great teachers and keynotes every year. If you are going to invest in a writing conference, this is the one to choose!” 

Keep an eye out for more detailed information about location, costs and more.

Cost: TBD; 2021 costs ranged from $299–$399 per person. Or $65 per day if arranging your own lodging. 

2. Willow Writers’ Retreat

This three-day retreat in Hermann, Missouri (wine country!) offers quiet time away to immerse yourself in the writing process, plus a supportive group to cheer you along.

Willow Writers’ Retreat is facilitated by Susan Isaak Lolis, a published and award-winning writer. Attendees have access to workshops, including one with creative writing instructor Margaret Harrington, plus a reading on the last evening to celebrate your work.

Cost: TBD; 2022 rate was $350.

This event was already held from July 10-14, 2022. Keep an eye out for more detailed information about next year’s location, costs and more.

Disclosure: Willow Writers’ Retreat is a partner of The Write Life. We hold our advertisers to high standards and vetted this retreat just like the others on this list. 

3. Find Your Story: A Therapeutic Life Writing Retreat for Older Women

Are you in the second half of your life? Are you a newbie writer who wants to tell your story? Then this women-only retreat in Dallas, Texas was designed for you. 

Over the weekend, psychotherapist and writing coach Jennifer Westrom will help you get started (or unstuck) when it comes to your memoir. 

After attending Westrom’s writing class in 2018, Cherri Julia Maker Ridingin wrote on Facebook : “Jennifer is a strong leader in a soft way, highly intuitive, and an outstanding teacher. Class three is next week, and already I feel that I have released some blocks that were preventing me from moving forward in my writing. Her lessons have touched me deeply.” 

This event happened in the Spring of 2022. Keep an eye out for next year’s event details.

Cost: TBD; 2022 rate was $799 per person. 

4. Writing With Care

Picture a charming converted church by the ocean in Newfoundland, and something like Ochre House Retreat comes to mind.  This retreat welcomes a small group of creative artists from all disciplines and welcomes participants to “unwrap their writing and their experience of writing.”

Under the guidance of “extraordinary” instructors, you’ll discuss writing techniques and tools, as well as “the place of writing in one’s life.”

“This is an amazing treasure, a gem, the best,” wrote Bernardine Stapleton in a 2017 Facebook review for Ochre House. “The Writing With Care retreat really WAS all about care, thought, being gentle, and guiding the participants.”

Official 2022 dates have yet to be announced. Keep an eye out for more detailed information about location, costs and more.

Cost: TBD; 2020 costs ranged from $1113-1525 CAD ( $851–$1166USD) Meals and accommodations included.

5. Writing Round the Trees: A Transformational Writing Retreat

At this Colorado retreat located near the San Juan National Forest, you’ll “immerse yourself in the wilderness and your writing.”

Using her background in publishing, editing and astrology, host Cassandra Leoncini will lead you through workshops, one-on-one sessions and experiential ceremonies, all the while gaining inspiration from Lilith, the “ancient Tree of Life spirit who seeks embodiment and dramatization in our lives.” 

There aren’t a lot of public reviews for this retreat — though one written by Madonna Kettler on Facebook said, “Great people, great food, and plenty of time to create and BE!” 

Official 2022 dates have yet to be announced. Keep an eye out for more detailed information about location, costs and more. If you don’t want to wait, contact Leoncini to get on the mailing list for 2022!

Cost: TBD; 2020 rate was $800 per person for a private room plus daily meals. 

6. The Writer’s Cruise

Cruise your way to writing success and sail to beautiful destinations with Melinda Copp, a ghostwriter, developmental editor and writing coach. 

Along with a small group of writers, you’ll attend workshops on creative writing, getting published and productivity. On your days in port, you’ll have the chance to explore gorgeous beaches before reuniting with the group for dinner. Best of all: When you’re on the boat, you’ll be free from distractions, ready to do what you came to do — write! 

“One of the most exciting parts about working with Melinda was gaining momentum,” Amy Menna said in a testimonial on Copp’s site. “Melinda was a resource that helped me get my thoughts from my head to the paper… Without Melinda’s program, I would never have had the motivation to move forward.”

Cost: TBD; 2020 costs ranged from $827–$1,056 per person (when booked before December 13, 2019). After that, rates rise $200 per person. 

Disclosure: The Writer’s Cruise is a partner of The Write Life. We hold our advertisers to high standards and vetted this retreat just like the others on this list. 

7. Retreat & Create

A new offering from The Write Life founder Alexis Grant , this retreat is held in the beautiful, historic mountain town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, about an hour from Washington, D.C.

This retreat is intimate, with about 10 attendees. It’s not just for writers; it’s open to anyone who’s career-focused and need space and quiet to focus on their work. Several of the events are women-only.

In addition to plenty of work time, the retreat includes an easy-to-moderate hike each morning and a group dinner each night at a local restaurant. Grant emphasizes on the website that all activities are optional, so you can choose to be energized by group conversations or dive deep into solo work time.  

Cost: TBD, but the cost includes four nights accommodation, three meals a day, hikes and a massage.

8. Writers Who Run, Retreat & Race

OK, so this retreat isn’t happening in 2021, but if you’re reading this late in the year, take note it will be running (get it?) again in April 2022 in the mountains of northeastern Georgia.

After a two-mile run each morning, you’ll have a full schedule of workshops, critique groups, writing time and social events. The culminating event is a scenic 5K and 10K race on Saturday morning!

For testimonials, check out these YouTube videos from past participants. 

Cost: TBD; 2019 costs ranged from $1,400–$2,400 per person.

9. Autumn Writing Retreat in the Berkshires

Let autumn in New England be your muse on this five-day retreat with Page Lambert, an instructor of creative writing at the University of Denver’s graduate school.

From October 17-21, you’ll stay at a historic inn, participating in group writing sessions and individual manuscript consultations — and drenching your creativity in the beautiful fall colors. Alternatively, check out Lambert’s 13-day women’s retreat in Peru in 2022 ($4,350).  

Lambert has a lengthy page of testimonials on her website. In one, Paula Hagar said Lambert was “the most awesome writing teacher I’ve ever studied with.” In another, Marsha Rosenzweig Pincus called the Peru trip “one of the most inspirational, spiritual and transcendent experiences of my life.”

Cost: $1,695 per person.

10. TLC Women’s Writing Retreats

Want something a little different?

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

Or, if you’d rather work in a group setting, Coia holds retreats in Mexico in February ($1,950–$2,250), , Greece in May ($3,900–$4,400), and Italy ($2,800–$4,500) and Vermont in October ($1,500–$2,500). 

“Tammy gently leads you through what are often difficult memories to put on paper, but it can prove to be a very healing experience,” Joni Padduck wrote on Facebook . “I highly recommend Tammy! I guarantee it will be a wonderful experience.” 

Cost: $2,400–$3,400 for three- to five-day retreats. 

11. Wake Up and Write Writers Retreat Workshop

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

It will be held on a 15-acre retreat center outside of Boise, Idaho, where you’ll participate in workshops, intensive writing and one-on-one meetings with industry professionals.

Though the retreat doesn’t have any testimonials or social media reviews, we’re including it because of its longevity. One anonymous testimonial on its site said, “My friend says any workshop/retreat/conference that offers one nugget of insight is worth its weight in gold. If so, the Writers Retreat Workshop made me a wealthy woman.” We’ll just have to take her word for it! 

The retreat is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Bookmark it to keep an eye out for developing information about location, costs and more.

Cost: TBD; 2019 rate was $1,895 per person for a single room.

12. The White Mountain Book Writing Retreat

Editor’s note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this retreat now offers an online option.

This retreat in the mountains of New Hampshire focuses on two things: self-nurturing and nonfiction book writing. If you keep putting off your book because of, well, life then host Dorothy Holtermann might say this retreat is for you. 

From July 12-17, you’ll learn her “Birth a Book system” through group classes and private coaching, all while feeding your body with farm-to-table organic food and daily yoga classes. If you’re Zooming, you can still join the fun: receive “healthy food goodies” by mail, and enjoy live meditation classes and book writing and performance classes that are sure to be interactive.

On the retreat’s website, a testimonial from Tammy Wetzel said: “My experience was transformative. I came to just work on the mechanics of writing but it was so much more. The holistic experience, the making of friends and ‘letting loose’ helped me discover the ‘soft side’ of writing.” 

Cost: $995 per person to attend from home, $2,455 per person for a private room, or $1,495 per person for tuition only.

13. Wide Open Writing : The Coast of Maine

Interested in spending a week writing from an Adirondack chair on the shores of the Atlantic? This retreat in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, will take place from June 20-26.

It includes writing workshops, a Thai massage, daily yoga — and membership in a “writing community that is devoted to co-creating magic.” Hosts Dulcie Witman and Nancy Coleman offer a March retreat in Mexico ($2,300)  and a September retreat in Italy ($2,650), as well.

On Wide Open Writing’s website, Robin Gaines, author of “Invincible Summers,” wrote: “I came to the retreat expecting a similar experience I’ve had at other writing retreats, the classic workshop style of sharing work and critiquing, but this retreat allowed participants to open up their imaginations to new work, new ideas, all with the support of other writers urging you on. It was dream-like. It was special. I’ll be back.”

Cost: $2,500 per person (does not include all dinners).

14. Unplug and Write: An All-inclusive Writing Retreat in Minnesota

Not only is Jess Lourey a tenured writing professor; she’s also the author of 20 books and counting. When you join this women-only retreat from August 8-14, in St. Paul, Minnesota, you’ll get her tutelage via group workshops and a private coaching session. 

Mornings at the beautifully-restored Summit Avenue mansion will feature meditation, yoga and writing, and afternoons will be yours to read or relax (or keep writing). This retreat is open to female writers of all stripes and stages, including bloggers, novelists, nonfiction authors and memoirists. 

“I had the opportunity to take a workshop from Jess before I was published,” Lissa Marie Redmond, author of “A Cold Day in Hell,” said in a testimonial on Lourey’s site . “Her honesty, encouragement, and knowledge of the craft helped me make the leap from aspiring writer to published author. I still take the lessons I learned from Jess and apply them to my daily writing routine.” 

Cost: $4,600. 

15. The Taos Deep Dive & Revision Writer’s Retreat

Want to get away, but not too far away? Try this women-only retreat in Taos, New Mexico, hosted by author Jennifer Louden from October 24 – 30.

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

In a testimonial on Louden’s site, an anonymous writer said: “The retreat was honestly life-changing for me because it helped me understand what it is to be a writer.” Plus, Lauren Taylor shared, “The retreat transformed my relationship to my writing.” 

Cost: $2,390–$2,790 per person.

16. Good Contrivance Farm Writer’s Retreat

Located 25 miles north of Baltimore on a six-acre property in historic Reisterstown, Maryland, this writer’s retreat is open to writers of all levels, plus it operates on a first-come, first-served, non-competitive basis. (Although, you still need to submit a resume and one writing sample for admission.)

Good Contrivance Farm is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and restoration of small, historic farms in Maryland, and it offers the retreat as part of public outreach efforts. 

Directed by Pushcart Prize writer (plus a ton of others) Ron Tanner and his wife Jill Eicher, the retreat offers workshops and readings as well as plenty of alone time for you in the farm’s contemporary loft apartment. 

There aren’t any Facebook reviews, but Harlan Roberts wrote a Google Review , saying, “My wife and I just spent a week here and we both got a LOT of work done! She managed to edit half of her current novel and I finished editing a book of my short stories. Ron Tanner has put together the perfect writing retreat. It’s quiet, comforting and very accessible.” 

Cost : $570 for one person for a weeklong stay (meals and beverages not provided); $670 for two. Discounts are available for longer stays up to four weeks. 

17. Write-by-the-Light Writers Retreat & Workshop

Author of 11 books Julie Tallard Johnson, MSW, LCSW is an educator, counselor and writing sherpa in Wisconsin who uses her five-day retreats as a way to help writers establish a solid foundation for their ideas and writing aspirations. 

The daily syllabus is brimming with writing prompts and opportunities to develop your book’s theme, voice and structure. She promises that if you come with just an idea, you’ll leave with a fully blossomed template for a book, plus knowledge of “simple and constructive ways to write about your experiences and knowledge in a uniquely creative way.”  

After Johnson helps you shape your stories and narrative during this retreat, you’ll know exactly how to bring out your story’s true meaning and complete your book. 

Take it from Moly Chanson, whose testimonial said: “Julie’s teaching style is encouraging and heartfelt, and over the course of the week my mindset shifted from writing as an indulgent hobby to an act of self-expression and service that can actually change the world. … I now have a completed manuscript that is ready to publish, and much of the writing I did at WBTL is in my book!”

Official 2022 dates have yet to be announced. Keep an eye out for more detailed information about location, costs, accomodations and more.

Cost : TBD. 

18.  BOAAT Writer’s Retreat

BOAAT is a literary journal and poetry book publisher that hosts an annual weeklong writer’s retreat in a spacious log cabin in the mountainous Vilas, North Carolina. 

Seven poets get to enjoy one-on-one time with a prominent workshop leader who will lead five group and individual workshop sessions — besides that, writers can use their serene time in the mountaintops to chip away at writing projects, explore nature and workshop their poetry with an established poet. 

Poet Ysabel Y. Gonzalez’s testimonial on the website said her time attending this retreat was “incredibly rewarding” for her poetry and personal well-being. She wrote, “This retreat was half residency and half workshop, which allowed my poetry the opportunity for feedback and critique, along with plenty of down time to generate new work.”

Mexico & Latin America

19 . costa rica retreat for writers and families.

Bring your partner and niños along on poet/children’s writer/playwright Julie Hartley’s creative writing retreat from January 30 to February 6.

You’ll stay at a gorgeous eco-lodge in the heart of the rainforest, with easy access to both hammocks and hikes. Each morning, you’ll participate in creative writing workshops, and you’ll have the afternoon to write or explore. In the evenings, you’ll reconvene with your group for readings and other writerly activities. 

In a 2020 Facebook review , Trish Roberts wrote: “I had an amazing experience at the Costa Rica retreat in 2020. I met a wonderful and diverse group of writers. The writing workshops were well constructed and the group leader, Julie, offered invaluable insights and guidance. … I highly recommend.” 

Cost: $870.10–$1,265.60 per person (does not include lunch or dinner); $395 per child if sharing a room with two adults.

20. VSW Writing Retreats

Run by the Vancouver and Victoria Schools of Writing and hosted by writing coach and author Kathrin Lake, this retreat isn’t a bad deal — especially for Americans. 

It offers group classes and one-on-one coaching in writing and publishing, plus optional dancing and tours. Dates for the seven-day retreat are annual between January and March. Lake hosts one retreat in Canada in  August, too.

In a blog comment, David Pelzer wrote attending Kathrin Lake’s writing retreat in the historic village of Barra de Navidad in Mexico “is a gift to oneself,” saying: “Kathrin creates a supportive, nurturing environment while challenging each participant to explore their work in a deeper and more meaningful way, both in group work and individual coaching sessions. Highly recommended.” 

Cost: TBD; 2020 rate was $1,360 CAD per person (~$1,043 USD) (does not include lunch or most dinners). 

21. Journey Into Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat

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

You’ll stay on Lake Atitlan and enjoy daily yoga, meditation and writing sessions. Guest facilitators will also lead you in Mayan fire, cacao and dance ceremonies. 

“Aimee Hansen’s retreat was wonderful from start to finish,” Jill McGrath wrote in a Facebook review. “I was looking for a women’s retreat to recharge my poetry writing and to connect to my spirituality via yoga, meditation, and nature. The retreat far exceeded my expectations.”

Cost: TBD; 2020 costs ranged from $1,575–$1,895 per person (private rooms are an extra $300–$400).

22. Story Quest — Costa Rica

Make progress on your novel or memoir while staying on the lush beaches of Nosara, Costa Rica. 

During this “ultimate writing adventure,” authors Doug Kurtz and Dan Manzanares will teach you their “Story Map” curriculum, which covers characters; plot; and theme, setting and voice. The retreat includes six days and more than 30 hours of instruction, plus group and individual coaching sessions, happy hours and yoga. 

On Facebook , Evon Michelle Davis wrote, “The Story Quest workshop blew my mind! I have an MFA, but what I learned took my writing to a whole new level. Doug, Dan, and Doug’s wife, Cat, went out of their way to attend to the needs of the retreat participants.”

Cost: $1,695–$2,995 per person. 

23. Under the Volcano

Typically held in the Mexican village of Tepoztlán, this respected nonprofit program will hold its 18th annual retreat in cyberspace over a three-week period from April 9-30. The program, which is highly selective, requires a writing sample for admission. 

As an “incubator of literary talent,” it’s intended for “committed writers with projects underway.” Since it’s gone from one week to three, the 2021 program will combine master classes, intimate gatherings and craft talks, agent presentations plus optional pitch sessions, and even a weekly social that brings together participants from around the world. 

“Under the Volcano is not just about the writing,” said Natalie Hart, according to the program’s website. “It is a personal journey. Never has a combination of place, people and programme felt so powerful and inspiring.” 

Cost: $995 per person, plus a $450 auditor fee per masterclass.  Financial aid is available.

24. Creative Revolution Retreat

Leigh Shulman invites you to choose your own retreat dates — and join her anytime in Salta, Argentina. This retreat is meant for people at any stage of writing a book, or for those who want to start writing but need some guidance. 

Over eight days, you’ll enjoy intensive writing workshops tailored to your project, yoga, cultural activities, a massage and a private apartment in a bustling city center. Space is limited and the host prefers an intimate retreat, so grab a couple of friends and book a date.

“The retreat met and exceeded my expectations,” Kathleen Evans said in a testimonial on Shulman’s site. “Each day I could feel the progress during this retreat, and I feel that I’ve really grown. My writing has matured, and I have a solid plan and an idea of where I want to go with my writing project.” (She tweeted about it , too.)

Cost: $2,500 per person. Scholarships are available.

25. The Right Place to Write

Who doesn’t want breath-taking views of mountains, valleys and the ocean as writing fodder? 

Join publishing powerhouses Dawn James and Tenita Johnson on their seven-day Costa Rican retreat, where you’ll have plenty of time to write, reflect and learn with a “dedicated team of publishing professionals to support, inspire and guide you.”

From March 25-31, you’ll get to expand your creativity through in-depth workshops and individual consultations with a writing coach and publishing strategist, feedback on written work and accountability partners. 

But first, you have to get through a clarity call with either James or Johnson to discuss your project and your commitment to publishing your work. You’ll also have to submit a book synopsis (if you haven’t started writing) to the editor or up to 12 pages of the work you hope to shape at the retreat — that way, she can prepare feedback for your one-on-one editorial session.

On the retreats testimonial page, Jen wrote, “This retreat taught me to have confidence in my voice and my writing. I also learned the business side of becoming an author. It was an incredible week!”

Cost : $1,895 until December 31, 2020; $2,195 after.

26. Retreats for You

Debbie Flint, the owner of a picturesque 17th-century thatched house in southwest England, runs a variety of retreats throughout the year. (Importantly, they all come with home-cooked meals and resident labradors you can walk through the countryside.)

Author Alison May, for example, is running three “Developing Your Novel” retreats from March 8-12, June 7-11, and November 1-5. If you can’t make those dates, author Rebecca Horsefall is hosting a five-night “Develop Your  Novel” retreat from February 22-27. There are also several “General Just Write” Retreats to consider, too. 

The center, which welcomes groups, has a five-star rating on Facebook with more than 80 reviews. “The house is gorgeous and comfortable; the food is delicious, and there is always home-made cake,” Anita Chapman wrote . “Alison is a fantastic tutor who knows a great deal, delivering it beautifully; and she has a real interest in her students’ projects.”

Cost: £595 (~$705 USD) per person.

27. Alpine Writers’ Retreat

If you’re looking for basically a writing residency, with a bit of tutelage thrown in, this new retreat might be of interest. 

To enable attendants to focus on their writing,  published novelist Valeria Vescina will lead small group retreats — max of three people! — in the Swiss Alps. You’ll enjoy a 90-minute writing workshop in the morning, then have the rest of the day to conquer those blank pages. After dinner, you can also participate in readings or group discussions. 

Though she doesn’t have any reviews yet, Vescina’s creative writing workshops at a library and high school have received positive feedback .  

Cost: TBD; 2019 rate was £600 (~$711 USD) per person for your own room. Dinners will be prepared by the host, with your help. Other dates may be available; inquire with Vescina.

28. The Leopardi Writing Conference

When you attend this retreat in the medieval town of Le Marche, Italy, its hosts promise you’ll get a glimpse of “authentic Italian country life.” 

This “immersive program for new and experienced authors” takes place in July 2021. It includes workshops and talks on fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as opportunities for expert feedback on your writing project. 

The retreat has several reviews on Facebook, including this recent one from Kelly Leonora: “Excellent and personal instruction in a small group setting, surrounded by beauty and inspiration. It exceeded expectations!”

Cost: $975 (does not include accommodation or meals). Partial scholarships are available.

29. Verse Kraken Writing Retreat

This weeklong retreat in Brittany, France in July is taught by authors Claire Trévien and Tori Truslow. (Trévien’s debut poetry collection was the reader’s choice in the Guardian’s first book award .)

They promise you’ll “engage with the environment” by exploring local culture, food and literature — and engage with your words through workshops, tutorials and independent writing time. Writers of all genres are welcome and encouraged. 

“This has been such a wonderfully restorative experience, one that has made me realise how starved of inspiration I’ve been for the last year,” Quen Took wrote on Twitter . “I want to carry this experience with me & use it to make my life a better, more joyous place.”

Cost: £850 ($1,007 USD) per person. £500 ($593 USD) £450–£500 (~$576–$641 US) per person without lodging or breakfast.

30 . Black Sea Writing Retreat

Pumped to include a getaway in Romania — a lovely country that deserves more visitors! At this seaside retreat, you’ll receive practical instruction in writing and editing, as well as one-on-one critiques of your work. 

Also included in the cost are Romanian language classes, a food tasting and trips to historical sites in Romania and Bulgaria. The host offers more retreats in Ireland in May (for travel writing), June and September, and Paris in October.

“This is a special place in the world, a magical place,” Denise Stablein wrote in a testimonial on the site. “The Irish and local authors both entertained us and challenged us to be like them. They are real people. The combination of writing with immersion in the culture cannot be duplicated anywhere else. The land, the sea and the people are delightful.” 

Cost: TBD; 2020 rate was €1290 per person (~$1,528 USD).

31. Iceland Writers Retreat

At this retreat, it seems like you get what you pay for: intimate workshops and panels with award-winning authors like David Chariandy and Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir.

You’ll also have dedicated writing time and the opportunity to explore the incredible country of Iceland, with outings led by contemporary Icelandic writers. It runs April 29 to May 3, 2020.

On Facebook, Christine Wilkins Blackford wrote : “IWR is the best organized, the most productive and the most jam-packed full of fun I have ever had at a writers’ retreat. Going again this year. Can’t wait!”

Cost: 198,000 ISK (~$1,586 US) per person (does not include lodging and most meals). Scholarships available.

32. Write Away Europe — Plovdiv

Looking for a place where your “soul and creative spirit will soar”? Travel to the 2019 European “Capital of Culture” — the charming Bulgarian town of Plovdiv — from July 18-24, 2021. 

Your hosts will be Lisa Howe, a professional editor; Scott Stavrou, a novelist and writing instructor; and George Crane, a published author and writing instructor. You’ll participate in writing workshops, one-on-one mentoring sessions and nightly social hours, all while staying in the heart of a historic city.  

Write Away Europe also hosts retreats in Greece in May, Italy in June and France in September. It has several Facebook reviews, including one from Amy Lynn, who attended the Plovdiv retreat in 2019. “This program is phenomenal,” she wrote . “Every day there is individual attention to each writer’s projects. [They] used their expertise to really help me hone in on my craft—from plot to sentence structure, their attention was extremely valuable and helpful to me… The experience changed me as a writer.”

Cost: $1,850 per person (does not include lunch).

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

Learn to tell your story while escaping to the mythical Irish island of Inis Mór from July 11-18 or September  5-11. 

In addition to writing workshops with host Irene Graham, you’ll enjoy guided walks and tours of the remote island. Graham also hosts two memoir-specific retreats in June and September. 

“I am quite a different writer leaving this retreat than I was on arrival,” Kris Mescher wrote on Graham’s site. “I now know what story development is. My purpose is clear. I am freer to follow my internal creative sense.”

Cost: €1,675 ($1,885 USD) per person for a private room in July; €1,650 ($1,950 USD) in September (does not include all meals).

34. Women Reading Aloud — Greece

In June, writer and poet Julie Maloney will bring her women’s retreat to the Greek island of Alonnisos for the tenth straight year.

You’ll stay in a family-owned guest house overlooking the Aegean sea. Each morning, you’ll participate in writing workshops, and each afternoon, you’ll have free time to explore your surroundings. One night, you’ll also partake in a sunset dinner cruise (swoon!). 

“I have attended the Alonnisos Writing Retreat with [Women Reading Aloud] for three years and each year I come away fuller, richer, and more excited about my writing,” said a testimonial from Lynne Rosenfeld on Maloney’s site. “I have grown so much as a woman and a writer.” 

Cost: TBD; 2020 rate was $2,425 per person for a private room (includes breakfast and three dinners).

35. Ireland Writing Retreat on the Wild Atlantic Way

Authors Carolyn Flynn and Jona Kottler invite fiction and creative nonfiction writers to join them at the Delphi Resort near Galway for a “generative and restorative retreat.”  

You’ll receive mentored critique, individual consultations, group talks on topics like story architecture, narrative flow and dialogue — and time to wander the mountains of Connemara. 

“The inspiration from… Ireland is still shining bright,” 2019 participant Cathy Wade wrote in a Facebook post. “The retreat had a profound impact on my writing and my confidence in my writing.”

Cost: TBD; 2019 rate was $2,295–$2,495 per person if booked before February 1, 2020, after which cost increases $100–$200 (includes breakfast and most dinners).

36. Your Beautiful Writing Life Retreat

Because no one can get enough of Italy: three-time novelist Vanessa Carvale’s three-night retreat will be held at a villa a few miles from the historical city of Florence.

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

“I came in incredibly blocked and stressed about the project I was working on,” Josephine Moon, author of “The Beekeeper’s Secret,” said in a testimonial on Carvale’s site. “[A]nd I’m leaving with a new project that feels totally right, that I’m excited about.”

Cost: $2,450 per person.

37. Krouna Writing Workshop

Travel with novelist and writing instructor Henriette Lazaridis to her ancestral home in the mountains of northern Greece, where you’ll enjoy group workshops, individual coaching and lots of time to write.

To apply, you must submit a 10-page writing sample. And before attending the retreat from July 25-31, you’ll also need to submit a paragraph explaining why you want to participate in the workshop. 

“Krouna Writing Workshop is an amazing experience led by a brilliant, caring person in one of Greece’s most gorgeous landscapes, and I would attend again in a heartbeat,” Elene Catrakilis wrote in a Facebook review . “I received kind, constructive and incisive feedback, both written and verbal with respect to my manuscript.” 

Cost: $2,500 per person (does not include breakfast or dinner, but it does include round-trip transportation from Ioannina to Papingo by car).

38. Get Away to Write — Spain

Murphy Writing of Stockton University will hold its 11th international retreat in northern Spain.

The retreat, led by award-winning authors Peter E. Murphy, Roberta Clipper and Christine E. Salvatore, is open to fiction writers, memoirists and poets. It includes workshops, feedback sessions, plentiful writing time and an excursion to Barcelona.

In a Facebook review for Murphy Writing, Helen Chibnik said: “In addition to providing reliably gifted, supportive, and working writers as guides, the workshops are well-balanced, productive, and a whole lot of fun – worth every penny.”

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

Cost: $2,500–$2,700 per person (scholarships and early registration discounts available).

39. Hamlet’s Hideaway

This all-inclusive retreat will be held in Denmark from August 8-14. You’ll stay in the shadow of Fredensborg Palace, a “magical setting to dream and create.” 

Hosts Shawna Kenney, an author, and Anja Klemp Vilgaard, a journalist, will lead you in one-on-one sessions and daily writing workshops. Both new and experienced writers are welcome.

Among the retreat’s five positive Facebook reviews , this one from Karen Halasa stood out: “Hamlets Hideaway was an experience of a lifetime, a crucible of creativity in a luxurious setting of natural beauty. The feedback provided by the organisers and other participants was encouraging and constructive, the place conducive to writing.” 

Cost: $2,700 per person.

40. A Writer Within — Tuscany

Spend a week at a historic villa in Tuscany — complete with your own private chef — at this women-only retreat from May 21- 27, 2022 or May 29 – June 4, 2022.

In the mornings, author Kathryn Kay will lead group writing sessions that focus on craft and the creative process. Afternoons will be for writing, one-on-one sessions and group outings to nearby towns and sites. In the evenings, you’ll share your work and reflect on the day (over wine).

Kay has written and video testimonials on her site. A recent review from Marisa Brown said: “I said ‘yes’ to the dream of a writing retreat, and what better guide than Kathryn Kay to make that dream become a reality. As a workshop leader, Kathryn is gracious, grounded and focused. This was truly an all-encompassing experience of exploring myself and my writing.”

Cost: $2,900–$3,700 per person.

41. GoodWorld Journeys Literary Salons on Patmos, Greece

You’ll get to work with some BIG names at this pair of 10-day literary salons in Greece. 

The first retreat in May features the poets Kaveh Akbar, Terrance Hayes and Mary Karr, who will guide you through discussions, in-class exercises and informal workshops. During the second, in June, Karr is joined by the legendary George Saunders to focus on personal essays, memoirs and short stories. 

“The Salon experience was intimate, and structured in a relaxed and informal way but also enabled me to gain valuable writing knowledge, skills, and affirmation,” Josephine Dempsey said in a testimonial on the retreat site. “Yes, a life changing experience!”

Cost : TBD; 2020 rate was $3,450–$3,950 per person (includes breakfast and two dinners). Scholarships and early-bird registration discounts available.

42. Stone + Wildflower Writing Retreat

At this (warning: $$$) retreat, founder Malika Ali Harding says, “We’ll gather seaside to make poems from wildflowers, short stories from stone, and reimagine Nordic fairytales by the fire.” It takes place at Norway’s stunning Arctic Hideaway from September 18-21, 2020.

This retreat is more focused on activities — like sunrise yoga, pebble stacking and wildlife viewing — than on coaching or critiquing, but allows time for writing and reflection, too.

“Traveling with Story Rebels allowed me to have the time and space to be creative,” Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki said in a testimonial on the site. “With all the details sorted, I could relax and focus on writing, surrounded by others with a similar drive.”

Cost: TBD; 2020 rate was €4290–€4690 (~$4,753–$5,196 US) per person.

43. Loire Writers Retreat

Writers, authors, poets, academics, screen and songwriters in search of a “creative haven to find their inner voice, develop their craft and begin or complete their story” will find solace in this retreat’s nurturing environment. 

Located in central France’s Loire Valley and close to the historic town of Saumur, this retreat for writers offers a tranquil space for you to focus on your writing. 

Whether you stay for one week or four in 2022, hosts Iris and Derrick Mathews ensure your only responsibility will be to unleash your creativity — and you know they mean it because they even handle the cooking and cleaning for you. When you need a writing break, enjoy one complimentary holistic therapy session plus access to bicycles to explore the French countryside. 

“Thank you for a wonderful Writing Retreat,” said author Tony Macaulay in a testimonial on the site. “You have created the perfect place for writers to get away from it all, to relax, focus and simply write.”

Cost : £784 ($1,047 USD) per person per week. 

44. Vacation Writing  

From September 26 to October 2, discover your story in Ragusa, one of the most picturesque towns of southern Sicily. Whether you need to dust off a project, start or complete one, this (albeit pricey) retreat might be the restorative experience you need. 

Besides one daily writing workshop led by an author, you’re encouraged to use this time to generate new work, overcome writing blocks, simply keep writing — or sleep in as much as you can. In your free time, connect with the writers you’ll share a villa with or find inspiration in the architecture colors, tastes and sounds of Sicily.

Oh, and this isn’t too shabby: A private onsite chef will prepare all your meals and snacks. This fairly new retreat doesn’t have any reviews just yet, but the details look very promising. 

Cost : $3,000 for shared accommodations, $4,500 for a private room and $5,500 for couples (with only one person a part of the retreat). 

45. Melete Writing Retreats

If you’re a fiction writer, TV or screenwriter, you need to be at this week-long, immersive retreat in Piedmont, Italy between the months of May and July. 

The learning experiences found in each retreat session will be led by Harvard faculty and acclaimed authors, playwrights, screenwriters and TV writers. (No big deal.) It takes place at the historic Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta estate, where a typical day includes readings, two-hour group manuscript workshops and one-hour one-on-one conferences — all al fresco if the weather is agreeable. 

Besides writing time, you can explore the national park and golf course located nearby, not to mention the cooking classes and wine and cheese tours. “Join us,” the site says, “and we will nurture your creativity as you deepen your process and build community.”

To get in, you’ll need to submit a cover letter or resume and writing sample. Although reviews or testimonials weren’t available, know that finetuning your craft in Piedmont puts you in great company: authors like Charles Dickens, Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and Natalia Ginzburg have all spent time writing in and about this region.

Cost : $2,675 per session (includes continental breakfast with room service and daily housekeeping service).

46. Words Wanderlust

How many writers can say they spent six days writing in the old-world streets of Tbilisi, Georgia? Between the vineyards with an 8,000-year-old history of winemaking and the ancient  monasteries, you might not ever want to leave this retreat for writers. 

From June 6-12, this retreat invites you and a small group of writers to accomplish three things: explore, escape, write. 

“Nurture your creativity, develop your work-in-progress or jumpstart your writing project” through writing sessions and daily creative writing classes led by award-winning authors. In addition to that, talks by international and local authors, personal consultations with writing tutors — and, of course, tours to Georgia’s countryside for wine and cheese tastings.

While you’re here, enjoy a private room in a stunning boutique hotel plus the opportunity to roam hidden gems in your spare time. Writers at any level are welcome, and course topics include: plotting and structuring your novel, turning life into story, creating compelling characters and getting your work published. 

Cost : $1,695 (not all dinners are included).

47. The Moth Retreat For Artists And Writers

“The Moth Retreat was exactly what I was looking for,” writes Susan Allot on the retreat’s website. “A converted barn all to myself, fresh veg[etables] from the garden and a daily delivery of eggs. Beautiful countryside on the doorstep. I managed about a month’s worth of writing condensed into one inspired week.”

For writers of any discipline looking to experience this along a beautiful country lane in Ireland, this retreat may be for you. You’ll be surrounded by the country’s famed lakes and joined by three dogs and a flock of hens. 

While you’re free to spend your time as your please, there’s Wi-Fi, a writing desk and an easel to use to work, plus a bike to explore the area. 

The Moth Magazine publishers Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan will be available if you need any assistance. You won’t find guided writing workshops here, but you’ll certainly find the solitude and silence needed to finish that novel. 

Apply to find out when you can book this retreat in 2022! 

Cost : €400 a week ($476 USD), plus a €100 ($119 USD) fee to bring a partner or friend; a minimum stay of 1 week is required; self-catered.

Asia, Africa & Middle East

48. writing retreat in south africa.

Boy does this sound dreamy! You’ll stay at a farmhouse a few hours from Cape Town, enjoying morning classes and afternoon free writes (and countryside walks).  

In the evening, writing coach and literary agent Sarah Bullen will lead sessions focusing on everything from genre to character development to approaching publishers. It all goes down March 10-14. Along with the author Kate Emmerson, Bullen also hosts a retreat in Greece in June and Italy in September.

“I recently attended the writers retreat and residency at Skala Eressor [sic],” Mary-Joe Emde wrote in a Facebook review . “This has been the most profound retreat I have ever done. Kate and Sarah are masters at creating a space for creativity and writing skills. I loved every moment of it and would recommend this to every aspiring writer.”

Cost: 7,900–11,700 South African rand (~$514–$761 USD) per person. 

49. Write Your Journey — Vietnam

You’ll take a cooking class, boat to an ancient town, practice daily yoga, get a sound bowl massage — and, oh yeah, write — during this retreat at a boutique resort in Hoi An.

In September, former academic and published author Kerstin Pilz will guide you in group and one-on-one writing sessions — all while exploring “authentic Vietnam” to “ignite your creativity.” 

This retreat has an abundance of reviews on TripAdvisor and Facebook . Julie B., for example, wrote : “It’s hard for me to explain the magic that happened in the retreat – very much thanks to beautiful and expert facilitation by Kirsten and wonderful service from the team she has in place. Whether you think you are a writer or not, this is definitely the place to find out…it was a truly fantastic and beautiful experience!”

Cost: $1,950. 

50. Writer’s Retreat in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel

Want to explore the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv while sharing stories and making new friends? This women-only, Pink Pangea retreat might be for you.  

In addition to exploring Tel Aviv’s markets and history, you’ll participate in daily writing workshops, get guidance on pitching stories and connect with other women writers. The company also hosts retreats in other countries like France, Switzerland or Greece throughout the year.

According to a testimonial on the Pink Pangea site, Bobbie Traut said: “I met wonderful writers and had the chance to share stories with strangers who later became friends. By minimizing distractions and removing myself from my day-to-day schedule, I found that the creativity flowed.”

2022 dates have yet to be announced. Keep an eye out for more detailed information about location, costs and more.

Cost: $1,080–$1,280 per person (does not include lunch or dinner).

51. Indian Summer House Writers’ Retreat 

At this luscious boutique hotel in southern India, you can attend a writers retreat in March or October, or set up your own dates upon request. 

In addition to morning yoga and meditation, “tantalising” meals and cultural activities, you’ll have daily writing workshops, evening reading sessions and abundant writing time. 

In a recent TripAdvisor review , user shonee2018 gave their experience an “excellent” rating. “Time has this lovely pace in India,” they wrote. “It seems to pass even more gently at Indian Summer House during our daily writer’s workshops with Caroline Van De Pol, readings and discussions to reflect and share our work with others or enjoying the outdoor showers, having a drink in the coconut lounge, jumping into the pool two, three times a day or relaxing at the spa.” 

Cost: TBD; 2020 costs ranged from $2,190–$2,990 AUD (~$1,494–$2,040 USD) per person. 

52. Himalayan Writers Retreat

On this 10-day retreat in the Indian Himalayas from March 31 to April 10, maybe you’ll find the solace you need to finish that important project. 

Each retreat has a guest leader, plus two resident facilitators: a psychologist and an author. They’ll guide you through everything from discussions to long walks, bonfires, yoga and pottery. Aside from airfare, everything is included in the price — airport transfers, food and even a trip to the Taj Mahal!

This retreat has more than 100 five-star Google reviews. In a recent one , Ramanjaneya Sharaph wrote: “The workshop covers all aspects, from the science and craft of writing, to getting published. This is a workshop in the true sense of the word. There are enough hands on [sic] writing exercises, with feedback from the course leader and other participants, that helps better understand the concepts.” 

Cost: $2,800 per person.

53. Writing on Water — Inner Mongolia

Ready for a real adventure? At this retreat, you’ll stay in a luxury hotel in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of northern China.

You’ll participate in creative writing and movement workshops, attend historical and cultural tours, and gain a deeper understanding of this unique part of the world. Plus, you’ll meet guest artist Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, the award-winning author of two novels and one memoir. The organizers also host retreats in Australia and Croatia.    

Although no social media reviews are available, Nicole Reed wrote in a website testimonial: “The week I spent with Writing on Water was a powerful experience. I was able to discover myself as a writer.”

Cost: TBD ; 2020 costs ranged from $2,975–$3,375 per person.

54. The Cape Town Writers Retreat

This five-day retreat is hosted by Rohm Literary Agency and led by best-selling author and literary agent Wendy Goldman Rohm. 

Fiction and nonfiction writers, poets, filmmakers and playwrights of all levels are welcomed to attend this private retreat in the heart of Cape Town to accomplish whatever they’d like: create new material, develop ideas or shape works-in-progress.

Here, “story and manuscript development come alive.” As information becomes available for Cape Town’s 2022 retreat, check out these additional opportunities:

Maui, Hawaii: January 18-22 ($2,395) Biarritz, France: March 5-7 ($875) Paris, France: March 19-21 ($850) Andros, Greece: May 16-21 ($2,245)

“I will bask in the creative afterglow of Wendy Goldman Rohm’s writers’ courses for a long, long time,” writes Margaret Atwood’s literary agent Phoebe Larmore on the website. “During my many years as a literary agent, I attended numerous writers conferences, but none of them came close to the extraordinary events for writers that Wendy presents. Wendy … has the gift of inspiring writers to expand their visions and hone their crafts, and of sensibly instructing them how the publishing world works.”

Cost : TBD; 2020 rate was $1,550 (not including lunch and dinner). Scholarships available. 

Have you attended any of these writing retreats? Have any others to recommend? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Writing retreats for the wandering soul.

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Go and Write! with Dr. Gerard Collins and Jane Simpson, professional, award-winning authors based in New Brunswick, Canada. Our participants include emerging and published writers of all genres—poets, dramatists, children’s authors, memoirists, and more—as well as their friends, family and spouses.

Every retreat, whether we’re at a historic estate in Atlantic Canada, a castle in Scotland or Ireland, a manor house in England, or a villa in Italy, delivers a unique, life-changing experience and creates new friendships. We hope you’ll join us on our next adventure .

The mix of travel and writing made this a truly special trip… Even if it is a cliché, this was the experience of a lifetime. ~ M.I.

Go and write retreats to come in 2024, retreat to kingsbrae, spring or fall.

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Join us at the Kingsbrae Estate in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, Canada, from May 4-11 or October 23-30, 2024.

Visit the webpage for more information or contact us if you’d like to register or discuss particulars.

St. Martin’s Fishing Village Summertime Retreat

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Join us from July 7-14, 2024 for a rare, summertime writing retreat in the gorgeous fishing village of St. Martins, New Brunswick, Canada.

Visit the webpage for more information, and contact us to register or with your questions.

Into the West: A return to Inis Mór and the west of Ireland

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Just released! We’re so excited to be returning to the west of Ireland in September.

Retreat to the Highlands

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Join us from November 24-December 5 as we return to the Highlands of Scotland for a focused writing retreat.

Visit the webpage for more information, or contact us to register or with questions.

Christmastime in the Cotswolds

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Join us for a special, seasonal writing retreat from December 12-19, 2024! We’re so pleased to be returning to the luxurious and ancient Abbots Grange, Broadway, in the Cotswolds region of England.


Here are just a few of our more recent retreats. visit our previous adventures page to see all the wonderful places we’ve been lucky enough to share with other writers..

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Writing Residencies and Retreats for Black writers

Six Amazing Writing Retreats & Residencies for Black Writers

Raise your hand if the idea of writing in a beautiful setting, in community with other writers, and not having to worry about cooking or family obligations, sounds like heaven? Imagine all of that, plus the added bonus of being in a location where Black culture is abundant and honored. All of that and more is possible at the following writing residencies and retreats located all over the world.

Writers retreats and residencies in tropical locations

By no means is this an exhaustive list, but these residencies and writers retreats are all at the top of my list to attend (I’ve actually already checked one off my list) and should  be on yours too. Be clear, you don’t have to be a published author to apply to any of these opportunities. Writers of all levels are encouraged to apply.  And note, as of today’s publication date, these retreats and residencies still have openings for 2022 and early 2023, so don’t delay. Get your application in soon. ( By the Way. ..Check out my updated and expanded list of Writing Retreats for 2023 on my new blog for BIPOC writers, )

Six Amazing Writing Retreats and Residencies for Black Writers

Rose Pan African Education Writing Retreat and Cultural Tour – Senegal, West Africa

Led by award-winning poet and memoirist, Dr. Mary-Alice Daniel, this five-day event will function as a cross-genre writing workshop on the coast of Senegal.

From the website: “ We are currently accepting applications for this year’s writing workshop December 28-January 8, 2023 and then again from January 10th -20th, 2023.. Join us for 5 days of poetry, writing, and dance workshops followed by a 5 day tour of Dakar’s enchanting markets, museums, coastline, and the gorgeous lagoon and delta of northern Senegal.    Dr. Daniel, our retreat leader, is a stunning talent who was born in Nigeria and raised in England and Nashville. She received her BA from Yale University, her MFA from #2 ranked Creative Writing Program at the University of Michigan, and her PhD in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Southern California. Solo travelers, digital nomads, academics, professors, writers, and poets encouraged to apply !! “

Details: There are two session of this Workshop. Session one runs from December 28, 2022 – January 8, 2023 and Session two runs from January 10th – 20th, 2023. Applications are being accepted now. Visit the Rose Pan African Website for more details.

The Sea Island Writers Retreat – Sapelo Island, Georgia

Founded by the incomparable, Ms. Tina McElroy Ansa, the Sea Island Writers Retreat offers a lovely location and an amazing faculty of award-winning authors including, Dolen Perkins Valdez, Nic Stone, and Regina Taylor. This is the writing retreat to feed your soul and revive your spirit.

From the website: “ Join a small group of committed writers for four full days of uninterrupted “writer’s heaven” discussing, editing, revamping, and workshopping your work-in-progress with some of the most notable and brilliant writers of our time. Each workshop leader teaches her particular genre/writing, talks craft, and joins in camaraderie in the idyllic setting on one of the historic Georgia Sea Islands. Accommodations and workshops will be held in a luscious spot in a sprawling island house with six bedrooms, four bathrooms, several porches, and common areas for lectures and writing. Enjoy casual breakfast and chef-prepared meals each day, along with complimentary beverages and snacks throughout the day .”

Details: Applications are open now. Deadline to apply is August 15, 2022. The retreat runs November 2-6, 2022.  For more information, check the Sea Island Writers Retreat website .

The Roots. Wounds. Words. Annual Writers Retreat – Virtual

The Roots. Wounds. Words writers retreat is now accepting applications for their January 2023 retreat for storytellers of color. This new-ish organization holds regular writing workshops and craft talks for writers of color and they are always amazing and centered on the work of marginalized voices.

From the website:

“ The Roots. Wounds. Words. Annual Writers’ Retreat for Storytellers of Color is a sacred space wherein BIPOC stories are celebrated, and BIPOC storytellers immersed in liberation. At the Writers’ Retreat, Storytellers receive literary arts instruction offered by award-winning BIPOC writers in the fields of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, speculative fiction, and young adult fiction. In January 2023, Roots. Wounds. Words. Fellows will journey to a virtual sacred space where they will workshop their literary art, perform their work, participate in BIPOC-centered healing and liberation modalities, as well as receive literary arts pedagogy from renowned BIPOC storytellers .”

Details: The retreat will be held January 8 – 14, 2023 online. Applications are being accepted now through July 31, 2022, so don’t delay if you want to attend. For more information, visit the Root. Wounds. Words. website .

Sacatar Foundation: Bahia, Brazil

While the Sacatar Foundation isn’t specifically a writer’s residency, writers can absolutely apply and become a fellow at this Bahia, Brazil based artist’s retreat. Sacatar is open to people of all races and nationalities, but since Bahia, Brazil is a city with a massive African influence – owing to the fact that Bahia is where one-third of the African people abducted from Africa during the trans-Atlantic slave trade- landed post-abduction- the vibe in Bahia is super Black and will be/should be an influence on the work produced while in residence.

From the Website: “ Sacatar supports residency fellowships for creative individuals of all nationalities and ages working within and across their respective creative disciplines. During their two-month residency period, Sacatar Fellows are encouraged and supported to utilize their creative practice to engage with the local Bahian communities in Salvador and Itaparica, resulting in rich intercultural collaborative exchanges that are shared through public programs locally and across the world. Sacatar provides unstructured time and an appropriate space for creative individuals to develop new work. (Note: All meals are included as well.)

The Instituto Sacatar sponsors residencies for highly qualified individuals in all creative pursuits. While we sometimes use the word ‘artist,’ we interpret ‘creativity’ in the broadest possible sense. We seek creative individuals of all backgrounds, without regard to race, creed, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability or HIV status .”

Details: The deadline for applying for 2023 residencies is August 1, 2022. For more information about this exciting opportunity, visit the Sacatar website .

Apply Next Year

Hurston Wright Writers Residency

One of my favorite writer’s workshops for Black writers is sponsored by the Hurston Wright Foundation. I’ve done one week in-person workshop here and I also participated in one of their virtual weekend workshops. Both featured incredible instructors and an incredibly supportive environment. Hurston Wright is an organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating Black writers and their workshops are no different.

From the website: “ The Hurston/Wright Foundation’s mission is to provide services, supports and opportunities that mentor, recognize and provide community for professional and aspiring Black writers. Workshops and classes taught by award-winning authors serve emerging and midcareer adult writers. More than a thousand Black writers have taken our classes since the first one in 1996, increasing diversity in the cultural community as they have gone on to create books and careers as professors, local cultural workers, and national thought leaders .”

This year’s writer’s retreats are happening right now, so it’s too late to apply, but check out the Hurston Wright Website to see when you can apply for 2023’s offerings.

Black Rock Senegal

Founded by presidential portrait artist, Kehinde Wliey, Black Rock Senegal is another residency open to all artists, not just writers, and you don’t have to be Black to apply. But Black Rock was created in 2019, specifically to bring artists to Africa, to engage with the culture, so, Black people should feel pretty secure in that Black Rock offers a Black experience.

From the website: “ Named for the volcanic rocks that blanket its shoreline, Black Rock is a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program founded by renowned artist Kehinde Wiley in 2019. The residency brings together international artists to live and work in Dakar, Senegal for 1-3 month stays. The Black Rock compound design was conceived by Senegalese architect Abib Djenne with interior collaboration between Wiley, Fatiya Djenne, and Aissa Dione. The complex includes a residence and studio space for Wiley along with three single-occupancy residency apartments with adjacent studio spaces. Our mission is to support new artistic creation through collaborative exchange and to incite change in the global discourse about what Africa means today .”

Applications are closed for this year, so check out the Black Rock website to find out when applications for next year can be submitted.

Fly Away and Write

If these opportunities sound delicious and delightful to you, then go ahead and apply. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain in writing time, community, inspiration, education, and a room of your own to create.

Let me know if you decide to apply. I want to hear all about it.

More Good Stuff for POC Writers

Be sure to visit my new Read Write and Create blog and podcast. You’ll find a bunch of resources and inspiration for BIPOC writers and the readers who love them.

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Writing Retreats

Come write with us—from home..

The Center for Creative Writing offers annual writing retreats on multiple topics and genres for writers who seek an immersive experience.

Our writing retreats for the foreseeable future will be supportive, community-building, intensive…and 100% virtual. We adapted some of our in-person offerings to provide an incredible retreat experience you can enjoy from the safety and comfort of home. 2024 dates coming soon!

Center writing retreats are nurturing:

  • We connect you with a passionate teacher for expert guidance;
  • We help you build a tiny but mighty community of other writers; and
  • We offer private, luxury accommodations in beautiful, vacation-worthy places around the U.S.

Center writing retreats are accessible:

  • Our long-weekend intensive format provides an escape for even the most time-challenged writers, for whom a week or two away from jobs, families, and responsibilities is simply not feasible;
  • Our teachers work with retreat registrants to optimize sessions and content for their individual goals and projects, no matter their level of experience; and
  • We strive to choose locations that accommodate a range of special needs and requests, so your time spent writing is as comfortable as possible.

Center writing retreats are transformative:

  • You will be (re)energized in group sessions with people as dedicated to writing as you are and want to be;
  • You will remember why you write in productive solitary sessions; and
  • You will carry a renewed sense of wonder and inspiration home with you to fuel your creativity long after the retreat concludes.

VIRTUAL Write for Your Life retreat

Virtual Write for Your Life retreat (image of starry sky above pine trees)

Writing for Children long weekend intensive writing retreat

Lazy Pond Bed and Breakfast

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Present Moment Retreat

Boutique Hotel | Spa Resort | Yoga Surf Retreat | Playa Troncones | Mexico

Writing & Yoga Radical Revision Retreat | December 3 – 10 2022

April 22, 2022 by Brandi Hand

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a dive deep into the rhythms of your own voice on the shores of the pacific

December 3-10, 2022.

Join an award-winning writer and a small group of creatively invested and thoughtful writers at one of the world’s top 25 wellness centers. Not only will we focus avidly on your work-in-progress—on seeing it again, seeing it anew, seeing the outlines of its absolute most shimmering version of itself—we will also lean over the edge of doubt, where new things come from, and crack open a space for the unexpected. We will be challenged and inspired … and laugh – a lot! – while becoming vessels for creativity and breaking new ground in our work.

Inquire soon , as space is limited.

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Radical Revision is an intensive retreat for writers who are ready to bring their manuscript (book, chapbook, long-form essay or story, any work-in-progress) to the next level. This retreat offers thoughtfully structured, highly engaged individualized feedback workshops for every writer in attendance, as well as inspiring craft sessions and inventive generative exercises, all carefully scaffolded to bring out the best in your work-in-progress while setting you up for your best writing long after the retreat is over.

Elephant Rock writing retreats are highly unique. People tell us year after year that no matter how many writing workshops or retreats they’ve attended, Elephant Rock is different. We build creatively intense spaces that are also deeply nurturing. This helps to open and challenge every writer at every level to go further into the work, see new angles, discover sharper facets. Our intentional workshops lead you toward unfolding and connecting, discovering and uncovering. We use precise writing exercises to guide us to the page in ways we never imagined. Language comes alive again, grows more elastic and expands with possibility. And we take your work as seriously as we take our own. Many writers find this work life-changing.

This retreat is held at the gorgeous, secluded Present Moment in Ixtapa, Mexico. Present Moment, nestled right on the edge of the Pacific, is one of the world’s top 25 wellness centers. This exclusive oceanfront boutique hotel and yoga retreat is situated on a quiet, serene beach in Troncones, thirty minutes up the coast from Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico. This center offers a breathtaking setting with wellness classes, yoga by the sea, meditation, qigong, dance classes, spa treatments, as well as local adventures such as sunset horseback riding, eco tours, waterfall hiking, kayaking, surf-yoga excursions, surf lessons, and exploring the village.

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During our retreat, morning writing workshops free up your thinking about words and loosen the binds on your creative process in unexpected ways. Your inner critic will fall away as you surrender to your innate ability to imagine the unknown. Afternoon revision circles bring our attention and devotion to each other’s manuscripts, offering the opportunity for illumination and transformation.

With the ocean as our backdrop, we will make full use of our environment to infuse our writing with what can only be found where we are. Writing workshops will include innovative writing exercises that engage powerful aspects of writing craft, including the senses, imagery, dialogue, and sound, among others. Craft sessions will provide a space to talk shop and seek advice on specific projects as well as universal challenges of the writing life. Student readings will cap off this rigorous, celebratory retreat.

You will also end the week with seedlings of new work in hand as well as substantial progress toward a revision of your work in progress. You can also expect to come away with many new inroads to your creative practice as well as an array of new craft tools and insights to apply to your work after the retreat is over. Our creative work will be supported by daily yoga and meditation structured specifically to foster and support creative synergy. As you connect your body, mind, and senses through movement and stillness, you release tension and cultivate insight and balance. Ultimately, you hear your own fierce, original voice again, and find exciting new portals through which you can bring that voice to the page.

Retreat Instructors

Jeannine ouellette: writing.

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Jeannine is an award-winning writer whose recent memoir, The Part That Burns , was a Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist for Women’s Literature. Her fiction, creative nonfiction, and narrative journalism has appeared widely and been supported by Millay Colony for the Arts, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Tin House. Jeannine has been writing, editing, and teaching for more than twenty years and is a writing mentor and instructor with the Catapult, the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. She also mentors students at the University of Minnesota, where she works as a writer and editor. Jeannine earned her MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is working on her first novel. She is the founder and artistic director of Elephant Rock.

Billie Oh: Yoga & Meditation

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Billie has been practicing yoga for ten years and is a 200-hour RYT certified teacher. The heart of their teaching philosophy is to honor the body. They believe in the power of asana (shapes) to bring the mind, body, and spirit into alignment. Their teaching is rooted in functional yoga, emphasizing bodily sensation rather than aesthetic appearances. They are passionate about expanding accessibility and approachability in yoga spaces. Billie’s movement and meditation practice translates on the page in fragmented and experimental literary works that explore the intersection of brain, body, and identity. Their writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and literary journals including Calyx, where their essay, “Bent: Daughterhood Recalled Through Skin and Bone,” was first-runner up for the 2019 Margarita Donnelly Prize for Prose Writing.

retreat schedule

Our retreat opens December 3 2022 (Saturday) with a causal afternoon welcome reception as participants arrive at Present Moment. Depending on your flight time, you will have some open space for settling into your rooms and exploring the grounds before our welcome circle and dinner. The daily schedule includes writing workshops, yoga, and meditation, outdoor adventures, evening fireside chats, and readings and discussions. Plus time for beach combing, conversing with other writers, and working on your manuscripts.

A detailed schedule will be presented the first evening of the retreat.

retreat fee & payment options

$3600 includes 7-nights in a double bungalow (single available for $4000), 7 gourmet breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, ground transportation to/from Ixtapa airport, daily writing workshops, daily yoga and meditation classes, evening entertainment, readings, and more.

Deposit of $1800 holds your spot; full tuition is due by October 1. Payment by check, money order, Venmo, Square, or PayPal. Please inquire for specific instructions.

Our application is simple. Just send an email with a description of your work in progress (or the project you would expect to have ready to workshop in time for this retreat). Include your questions as well, and we’ll help you determine if this retreat is right for you. Once registered, you will be provided instructions for submitting your manuscript excerpt and synopsis for workshop in advance of the retreat (estimated manuscript deadline October 1).

retreat includes

Oceanside lodging at beautiful Present Moment Retreat (7 nights)

Door-to-door ground transportation from Ixtapa airport to Present Moment Retreat Center

All meals (healthy, fresh, gourmet cuisine). Definitely included is our celebratory closing dinner on our last night—you might want to bring something “ beach fancy” to wear, whatever that means to you!

Daily workshops with specific focus on specific elements of craft, plus generative writing sessions

Daily yoga and meditation classes, plus special session for candlelight yoga and intention setting

Individualized written feedback award-winning writers, plus devoted workshop for every participant to discuss their work in progress and receive thoughtful feedback from peers

Celebratory participant readings

Evening entertainment (music, dance, etc.)

Optional group excursion (tbd on site, but could be guided hike, beachside horseback ride, snorkeling, etc.)

Optional massage and other spa services

Not Included:

Transportation to Ixtapa

Alcohol (available but not included; please only imbibe responsibly and not during scheduled programming).

Gratuities for Present Moment staff (servers, housekeeping, etc.).

Incidental fees, damages, or optional excursions or spa services.

payment plans

If you need a payment plan (e.g., four or more smaller payments over a longer time) please email or call. Alternate payment plans may be available depending upon full registration. We want you to be able to attend if possible. More questions? Please reach out !

cancellations & refunds

Elephant Rock is a small, family-run writing program and we regret that due to the fixed costs we incur when booking retreats, refunds are available only if Elephant Rock cancels the retreat—which has never happened. In cases of true hardship cancellation, we might be able to apply a portion of your tuition to a future Elephant Rock offering. We highly recommend travel insurance.

travel information

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (IATA: ZIH, ICAO: MMZH) is an international airport in the state of Guerrero on Mexico’s Pacific Ocean coast. It receives thousands of tourists all year to visit beaches and resorts. It handles national and international air traffic for the cities of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. Ground transportation between the airport and Present Moment is included in your tuition. If you have travel questions, please contact [email protected]

Registration is simple and easy and begins with an email to us. So if you are ready or still have a few questions, get in touch!

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Our charming, chic hotel and yoga retreat is located on a quiet, serene beach in Playa Troncones, thirty minutes up the coast from Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

Present Moment Retreat is a powerfully transformative environment providing experiential training in the cultural arts. Surrounded by the magnificence of earth’s natural beauty, people from around the world come here to grow towards wholeness in their lives. We are dedicated to fostering deep awareness and appreciation of life through the compassionate treatment of all beings, and promoting wisdom and peace in celebration of the human spirit.

Your Boutique Bungalow

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Present Moment is the perfect antidote to the chaos of everyday life. Authenticity was imperative in the construction of every inch of this resort. Thus, all bungalows have an indigenous palapa thatched roof, hand-crafted in the Mexican tradition, and are furnished with a pillow top queen-sized bed, luxurious 400 count cotton bedding and a canopy of white linen. Our beautifully designed accommodations and loving staff will please even the most discerning guests. ​ With 5 deluxe bungalows and 3 family bungalows, somewhat blurring the lines between the indoors and out, with its amazing vantage points to the sea, gardens and pool, your accommodation will be the perfect place to rest yourself after a full day of yoga and surf at Present Moment. Just a 30 second walk the beach, let the sounds of the ocean lure you to sleep each night.

With 3 air conditioned suites, for those seeking a little more similarity to the comforts of home. Centrally located, you will be just steps away from the beach, amazing yoga classes, massage, and fine dining. If you enjoy strolling the shore at sunrise, these stunning bungalows will have you on your way in no time. Hand-crafted and beautifully appointed, a true home away from home.

About Troncones & Getting Here

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At the heart of charming Troncones Beach, nestled between the lush mountains of the Sierra Madre and the sparkling Mexican Riviera, Present Moment Retreat combines the ambience of nature’s grandeur with personally challenging mind-body work, set in harmony on beautifully-landscaped tropical grounds.

Troncones Beach is a small, recently-developed community situated on some 3 miles of pristine Pacific beach – a strand of white sand punctuated by occasional rock outcroppings often harboring tidepools teeming with fascinating saltwater life. The charming village is home to a small school, a public library (donated by generous local residents for education of the village’s children), a church, several dry goods outlets and a few other small provisioning services for essential items. All of these are couched within a traditional and tropical Mexican ambience.

You can fly into Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, the airport is located only 20 miles north and an easy 45-minute drive. The international airport is serviced by a number of International airlines including Alaska Airlines, Continental, American, America West, Frontier Airlines, Mexicana and Aeromexico. Troncones Beach is highly connected, yet still a world apart. Its proximity to Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo affords you a full choice of shopping conveniences and recreational possibilities, all just a short distance from your world-class yoga retreat and resort. We can assist you with booking all flights and airport transportation.

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5 Writing Retreats to Apply to in 2022

Looking for a place where you can write more and worry less? A writing retreat might be the perfect vacation for you in 2022. These five writing retreats present an exciting opportunity to explore a new place, meet new people, and focus on writing. Whether you’re working on a collection of poetry, a novel, or a memoir, there’s sure to be a retreat that suits your style. 

Contemporary Writers’ Retreat in Paris, France

If Paris is on your bucket list (next to finishing your next writing project), this retreat is for you. Geared toward women writers, the retreat offers daily writing workshops, themed field trips, meetings with booksellers, and one-on-one coaching. In addition to the writerly offerings, the retreat offers a quintessential Parisian experience with lodging in a striking Art Nouveau house located near local shops, restaurants, and farmer’s markets. The retreat runs June 5–11, 2022, and participants can choose between a private room ($2,799) or a shared room ($2,299). 

High Desert Center Writing Retreat in Paonia, Colorado

Taking a gap year? The High Desert Center Writing Retreat might be your perfect match. Designed for budding writers and modeled after National Novel-Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the goal of this retreat is to complete the first draft of a novel (so don’t expect to complete editing a final draft during your stay). There are two age groups at the High Desert Center: 13–16 and 17–23. The groups will have dinner together, engage with guest speakers, and network, but feedback sessions and lodging will be separate. The retreat costs $2,200 and runs May 4–June 1, 2022. 

Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavíc, Iceland

If small group settings are your jam, this upcoming writing retreat will make you feel right at home. The Iceland Writers Retreat offers intimate writing workshops and cultural tours in Reykjavíc. In addition to cozy workshops and lectures limited to about 15 participants, attendees will be able to enjoy local cafes, visit geothermal hot springs, meet local writers, and learn about the country’s rich literary tradition. The retreat costs approximately $2,000 and runs April 27–May 1, 2022. 

InkWell Composed Residential Writing Retreat in Sautee Nagochee, Georgia

Hitting a wall with your writing? Run by InkWell, this supportive retreat is designed to help you move past self-doubt, writing blocks, and distractions. Attendees will get plenty of personal time to write, reconnect with the pleasures of writing, and receive professional support for a healthy writing practice. Held at the Elohee Retreat Center in Sautee Nagochee, Georgia, the retreat runs May 15–21, 2022 and will set you back about $4,650–$5,250, depending on the accommodations you select. 

Jess Lourey’s Women’s Writing Retreat in Costa Rica

If a luxury writing retreat is what you’re looking for, Less Lourey’s writing retreat in Costa Rica is an excellent choice. This retreat is geared toward women writers who are working on short stories, novellas, novels, memoirs, and more. Each morning is dedicated to developing and refining your work, overcoming writing blocks, and even mapping career goals. In the afternoons, attendees are free to relax, write more, or explore nature, museums, hot springs, or anything else available in the area. The retreat runs February 20–26, 2022, and costs a total of $3,200. 


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Creative & writing retreats in Assisi, December 2022.

Last open calls in December 2022!

Ideal for colleagues and partners, as well as for individual artists/writers who desire to be focused on their own projects.

Arte Studio Ginestrelle and the Writing Residency are located in the heart of the historical town, famous for its frescoes by Giotto and Cimabue.

Description of residency programs: One of the main purposes of the new programs is to invite guests to daily experiencing the artistic and historical sites of Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the natural environment of the sacred Mt. Subasio. To explore the town by walking “passeggiata” and hiking to the mountain, in harmony with nature, encouraging an eco-friendly style of life.

From the historic center of Assisi it is also possible to reach, through a hiking path, or by bicycle, a small olive grove, located in the nearby countryside. This simple and Franciscan place offers moments of reflection and meditation, surrounded by olive trees and wild flowers.

Arte Studio Ginestrelle is located in Assisi city center, near the Cathedral of San Rufino. The location would be ideal for couples, as well as for colleagues or individuals.

Writing residency is suggested for individuals or couples, who desire to stay in the heart of Assisi, in a privileged position next to the Church of “Santa Maria delle Rose” and close to the Cathedral of Assisi “San Rufino”. The Roman Empire built a Temple (I century B.C.) on this site.

Duration of residency

minimum one week, maximum one month


Private accommodation for individuals, couples and colleagues 

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Conceptual Art, Photography, Video Art, Film making, Curating/Galleries, Academics, En plein air painting and drawing, Sustainability & environment, Environmental projects and research, Environmental Design and Architecture, Performing Arts, Music, multimedia disciplines, Eco&Sustainable researches/studies

Studio / Workspace

private studio

Fees and support

Residency fee for accommodation:

€ 500 per person per week, for individual artists € 350 per person per week, for colleagues/partners

Cleaning is included. The rooms are equipped with sanitized sheets, blankets, towels and hand soaps.

Expectations towards the artist

Participation in the annual Assisi International Contemporary Art Exhibition. The literary and artistic projects will be featured in the art catalog 2023. 

Application information

The selection process is focused on the project-proposal to develop during the stay. For the application-forms and any further detail, please, contact the director Marina Merli at [email protected]

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writing retreats december 2022


writing retreats december 2022


16 Writing Retreats for Women: Dream About Them, Then Apply

by Farrah Daniel | Dec 7, 2020

Woman standing on a walking bridge looking out into the distance.

Since COVID-19 has drastically changed the world we live in, these retreats may be canceled, postponed or moved online. Check with each individual retreat for details.

Many people who identify as women feel their writing lives can be made all the more challenging due to their lives as women.

Perhaps they are largely responsible for childcare or housework, putting their creativity on the backburner; perhaps they were not encouraged to follow their dreams and skills in the same way their male counterparts were.

Whether or not that sounds like you, there’s no doubt many women writers crave the idea of retreating from their everyday lives to focus on their creative work with groups of like-minded women. Enter the writing retreat, made sweeter when you’re surrounded by other writers who are women who also get you. 

Whatever your motivations for seeking out a writing retreat, you will likely find one that suits your needs.

Retreats are an investment worth taking from time to time — you’ll get a chance to reset your creativity, be newly inspired and meet good friends.

Is a women’s writing retreat just what you need?

These women’s writing retreats happen annually (or many times a year), in a variety of North American and international locations.

There are itineraries to suit all kinds of interests, plus budget-friendly (or free!) retreats as well as more luxurious options.

Our team at The Write Life has not personally attended these retreats, so please consider this list as a starting point and do your own due diligence before attending.

Here are some women’s writing retreat options to consider:

1. Pink Pangea Travel Writing Retreats

Pink Pangea is a community for women who love to travel, and in addition to holding online writing workshops, they run international writing retreats.

While travel writing is the primary focus, writers interested in a broader range of genres are encouraged to attend.

What’s special about Pink Pangea’s Travel Writing Retreats is several are held throughout the year, in different locations all around the world: Iceland, Switzerland, Spain, Israel, Greece, Portugal, France and Italy.

The prices are a bargain and include many accommodations, which definitely make Pink Pangea retreats an affordable option for non-funded retreats.

2020 pricing: Starting at $985.

2. Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat

The Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat is held at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala a couple of times per year.

In a peaceful and inspiring setting, the calming lake spread out below the resort plus the pointed volcanic peaks rising behind are just some things that will make it easy to engage in the retreat’s intimate and honest gatherings.

The retreats incorporate yoga, meditation, and spiritual and creative expression. And the best part is participants don’t need to formally consider themselves writers — just be interested in a “self-exploratory creative and spiritual journey of the pen and heart.” 

Before you register for one of the multiple retreat opportunities available, know the organizer admits this isn’t the best retreat for those who have a single project they want to focus on during the retreat.

2020 pricing: Starting at $722.

3. TLC Retreats for Women

The TLC Retreats for Women are held for up to five days in various locations like Greece, Mexico, Italy and throughout the U.S.

Host Tammy Coia specializes in helping women feel empowered and get unstuck in their writing projects. She also works with participants to release and let go of any memories that “remain a part of their pain through writing.” The focus is mainly on making progress in your writing, but there are other activities scheduled, including sightseeing and cooking classes.

Shorter, three-day retreats are held in  Georgia, California and Washington, which may be ideal for women who don’t have a big budget or a lot of time for international travel.

2020 pricing: Starting at $600 for shorter U.S. retreats; $$1,950 for longer international ones.

4. Retreat & Create

Did you know The Write Life’s founder Alexis Grant offers a writers’ retreat for women? 

Open to writers and career-focused women who yearn for the space and solitude to focus on their work, this retreat is held in the scenic and historic mountain town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Only some of Grant’s events are women-only, so look out for those cohorts when you apply.

Official 2021 dates have yet to be announced. In the meantime, you have tons to look forward to at Grant’s retreat: plenty of time to make headway or finish a project, an easy-to-moderate hike each morning, plus group dinners at cozy, local restaurants. 

If you’d rather dive deep into solo work time, Retreat & Create can help you there, too.

2021 pricing : TBD, but the cost includes meals, accommodations and activities.

5. Page Lambert Retreats

Nature writer Page Lambert has led some unusual and adventurous writing retreats for women for more than 20 years.

Each retreat provides a secluded place to work on a novel, memoir or work of poetry. In addition to the unique kind of writing and artistic focus found here, adventures like hiking and snowshoeing will no doubt inspire participants in new ways.

Writers can enjoy a retreat in the Grand Canyon, or one in Lambert’s renovated cabin in the mountains of Colorado, making it the perfect retreat for any writer who wants to be surrounded by thousands of acres of open space meadows

2020 pricing: Starting at $7701,725.

6.  The Taos Writer’s Retreat

Led by writer and personal growth pioneer Jennifer Louden, these writers’ retreats for women are mainly held in Taos, New Mexico, but she’s also hosted them in Mexico, California and other parts of the U.S. 

Unlike many writers’ retreats for women that include daily yoga/meditation or activities designed to be therapeutic, the Taos Writer’s Retreat was created specifically to help women writers hone their craft and work on a project. 

Jennifer’s retreats are for writers of all levels who work in various genres and have a story they intend to deepen, clarify and shape.

In 2021, up to 22 women can attend the two retreat opportunities available with Louden: The Taos Deep Dive and Revision Writer’s Retreat from October 24-30 in New Mexico, and the The Desire Retreat in North Carolina from September 4-9. 

Registration is open!

2021 pricing: Starting at $2,390. 

7. Creative Revolution Retreats

Creative Revolution retreats are held in Salta, Argentina, with Nicaragua and Costa Rica destinations in the past.The Argentina retreat is held in a three-bedroom private space in the heart of the city, so you know the only distraction you’ll have is resisting the urge to endlessly explore all the picturesque attractions.

The philosophy behind the Creative Revolution Retreats is that all women have an amazing story inside of them.  “I want to help more women feel confident with their writing, finish their masterpieces and build professional careers,” writes host Leigh Shulman.

No writing sample here; just a short questionnaire.

2020 pricing: Salta retreat starting at $2,500.

8. Hedgebrook

Hedgebrook is technically a writing residency , as successful applicants are given a fully-funded stay on a 48-acre peaceful country property for a period of two to four weeks, throughout the year.

The beautiful handcrafted cabins that house the residents are tucked away on Whidbey Island in Washington State. While there, writers of all backgrounds and experience levels explore their work, share their processes and stories with other writers — not to mention tour beaches to see cliff top views.

Fair warning: The application process is competitive! 

2020 pricing : Free for all women.

9. The Kentucky Foundation for Women Retreats and Residencies

The catch with the Kentucky Foundation for Women Retreats and Residencies is only women residents in the U.S. state of Kentucky are eligible for these retreats of up to six days.

However, if you meet the criteria, know the retreats and residencies are open to women artists of all genres who are committed to feminism and activism. If you also want to advance artistic expression and social justice for women and girls in Kentucky, even better. 

Participants of all stages in their artistic and social change development are hosted in Hopscotch House, a renovated old farmhouse on the 10-acre property of a classic Kentucky ranch.  

2020 pricing : Free.

10. Storyknife Writers Retreat

These two- to four-week residencies in mountainous Homer, Alaska are all about celebrating vital stories by women, whether they’re in the form of plays, novels, essays or memoirs. 

Since these stories aren’t promoted as often as those authored by men, Storyknife Writers Retreat provides this time for woman-identified or nonbinary people to explore their craft in a distractionless, supportive environment where each writer knows their work is valuable. 

2020 pricing : TBD. The 2020 retreat was postponed due to COVID; price information is unavailable.

11. A Writer Within’s Writing Retreats for Women

Writer and editor Kathryn Kay hosts week-long writers’ retreats in a villa in Tuscany, Italy, where she invites women to use this time to expand the boundaries of their imaginations. 

Here, all writers have to do is relax, attend workshops to learn how to master writing elements, generate new ideas and break through writing blocks. With the stunning views and mouthwatering cuisine to boot, Kay hopes participants can reconnect with their creative flow and write like they never have before. 

To create a stress-free environment, all accommodations are taken care of, including meals, transportation, plus a robust schedule of outings and excursions.

2021 pricing : Starting at $2,900.

12. Unplug and Write All-Inclusive Writers’ Retreat

At author Jess Lourey’s retreat in St. Paul, Minnesota, your focus will be on four objectives: Claiming your voice, nourishing your body, honoring your courage, connecting with your creativity.

And as a tenured writing professor who has authored 20 books (and counting!), she has the skills and experience to help you accomplish those things through group workshops plus a private coaching session.

While your mornings at the beautifully-restored Summit Avenue mansion will feature meditation, yoga and writing, you’ll be free to read or relax in the afternoons. This retreat is open to female writers of all stripes and stages.

2021 pricing : Starting at $1,150.

13. Find Your Story: The Life Writing Conference for Older Women  

If you’re an older writer looking for a writing coach to help you start (or get unstuck with) your memoir, Jennifer Westrom’s conference in Dallas, Texas is where you need to be. 

As an author, writing coach and licensed professional counselor, Westrom focuses on telling and shaping the stories of older women. That’s why she hosts these guided writing events, where she assists writers with therapeutic writing exercises and instruction about story structure organization. At this retreat, Westrom aims to find and feel your story, so you can have more confidence writing it. 

Plus, proceeds from Westrom’s event help women even more: all profits pay for long term, individual trauma counseling for women who want to exit work in the sex industry. 

2021 pricing : Starting at $795.

14. Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women

Authors Kelli Russell Agodon and Susan Rich bring poets together in La Conner, Washington to write, read, share work and be a part of a creative community. 

Their main goal is to support and encourage writers, so participants are welcome to spend this time however they choose. (Even if you only want to write to yourself and walk along the riverfront.)

Since sessions are designed so writers can find something valuable to take away, there’s plenty of opportunities to nudge writers of all levels out of their comfort zones. 

While Agodon and Rich give each writer personal attention to help them along individual goals, everything from the sessions, workshops, one-on-one’s with the authors, writing prompts and more are all optional. 

Note: 2021 registration is closed, but you can still bookmark this one to attend in 2022!

2021 pricing : Starting at $495 (does not include lodging).

15. Salty Quill Writers Retreat  

Imagine this: A week-long retreat on a 110-acre private island filled with rocky coves and beaches, fields, forest, and wildlife; days of uninterrupted writing time in rooms with ocean views; catered meals; and after-dinner readings and critiques. 

That’s just some of what awaits you at this writers’ retreat for women at McGee Island in Maine. In the real world, writing time is a luxury most can’t afford. That’s why Salty Quill retreats aim to help writers dedicate themselves to their craft. 

After kayaking, hiking, rowboating, and enjoying relaxing (or adventure-filled) afternoons, you won’t want to leave this retreat. But when you do, you’ll leave with a renewed sense of purpose and value in your work — not to mention a brand new supportive community of writers.

2021 pricing : Starting at $1,375. Scholarships available. 

16. Edgewalkers Women’s Writing & Walking Weekend

Dr. Erika Jacobson is a creativity specialist who has spent the last 15 years helping people connect with their self-expression and creative source — when you attend this Edgewalkers retreat in Australia, she can do the same for you.

Whether you need inspiration to start or revive a writing project, or if you just need time in nature to explore ideas and write, this is just the three-day retreat you need to discover how creative you truly are. 

Set in the beautiful town of Margaret River, this retreat invites you to go on exciting walks and dive into storytelling and techniques as you learn from a dedicated team of artists. Most of all, go to celebrate your strength and how sensational you are.

2021 pricing : Starting at $1,380.

Want more options? We have another post on writing retreat getaways for all genders.

Have you attended any of these writers’ retreats for women? Have any others to recommend? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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There’s nothing quite like a writing workshop, conference, or retreat to get writing inspiration flowing and help overcome writer’s block. They provide a change of pace, a chance to relax and unwind, and space to focus on your craft. These events can also offer opportunities to connect with other writers and build community and a network of support. If you’re thinking about going to a writing retreat or conference this year, here are some options which involve traveling to new places and trying new things, allowing you to step out of the everyday norm and into a new creative headspace.

Inspired Writer’s Retreat

When: February 2-5, 2023

Where: We begin with a scenic journey into the quiet heights of the majestic Wasatch mountain range just outside of beautiful Heber, Utah. There are twists and turns in the road, with stately evergreens standing beside the weathered remains of once-living timber.

So has been your life’s journey, and it is culminating here in a sumptuous log cabin equipped with every modern comfort. Our retreat cabin is easy to access, even in the winter.

This retreat is all-inclusive with three-and-a half days and three nights lodging and nine delicious meals—Thursday lunch through Sunday breakfast—prepared by a private chef. As part of your retreat, each writer receives a one-on-one intensive with lead book mentor Bridget Cook-Burch—a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author—writing development activities, an in-house editor, and a stunning and safe space to inspire and provide quiet writing time. Writers of all levels and genres are welcome. The retreat will cover the whole process from building an outline and chapter summaries to navigating how to publish.

Find pricing and additional information here . Inspired Writer’s Retreats are hosted quarterly, in Utah as well as in Ireland and Italy, so if these dates don’t work for you, keep an eye on their website.

Women’s Writing Retreat in Italy

When: September 16-22, 2023

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Where: This all-inclusive retreat is held at the stunning, serene Cignella villas in Tuscany.

Join Jess Lourey, bestselling, award-winning, multi-genre author and retired writing professor along with writer, life coach, and seasoned retreat leader Allison Quaid on this week-long, all-inclusive women’s 2023 writing retreat. Whatever your writing experience and goals, prepare for an alchemy of escapism, creativity, and renewal in magical Italy!

This retreat gifts you the dedicated time, space, and guidance your writing deserves. During our week together, we’ll begin mornings with a delicious, healthy breakfast. Then, you’ll set your writing goal for the day. Jess and Allison will provide proven writing techniques designed to help you release writing blocks, organize your ideas, and find your motivation. You’ll uncover the heart of your creativity—whether you’re not yet sure what you want to write, or you’re working on a deeply personal memoir, a transformational self-help book, or a captivating short story or novel—so you have a true-north compass for your writing journey.

Your afternoon is set aside for rest, writing, and play! Nap, write on your own, research, explore our Tuscan home base, take an inspiring walk, lounge by the pool, daydream, call a taxi to a nearby town to shop or explore, sign up for a one-on-one with Jess or Allison for individualized guidance, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on your patio, or form a supportive writing feedback group with two or three other women.

Register and find more information about pricing and what is included here .

Aspen Words’ Summer Words Writing Conference

When: June 18-23, 2023

Where: Summer Words 2023 will take place in Snowmass Village, Colorado, a vibrant community with incredible mountain vistas in addition to 2.8 million adjacent acres of wilderness open for activities and exploration. Snowmass is home to 30+ restaurants, shopping, unique special events and music—all year round.

Recognized as one of the nation’s top literary gatherings, Summer Words is a six-day celebration of words, stories and ideas held annually in an idyllic Rocky Mountain setting.

The conference offers juried workshops in book editing, fiction, memoir, middle grade, personal essay, poetry and science-fiction/fantasy. Led by acclaimed faculty, the workshops meet every morning over the course of 5 days. A non-juried open writing workshop meets for four mornings and a moderated readers retreat meets for three mornings. Afternoons include panel discussions, craft talks, and meetings with publishing professionals, among other activities.

Find more information here .

Write Away Europe Greek Island Writing Retreats

When: May 21-27, 2023

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Naxos is famous for its legendary history, its unique culture, its long sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. The rich history and great beauty of the island have inspired writers and artists throughout the ages, making it the ideal place to disconnect from your everyday life and reconnect with your muse. There are ancient archaeological sites that still stand sentinel over the island.

Writers will reside in private rooms in a charming boutique hotel near the ink-blue Aegean Sea and will get inspired by stimulating Round Table Writing Discussions and Workshops, convivial group dinners savoring delectable local cuisine as well as evening social gatherings and still also have free time available for additional inspiring activities.

The Write Away Naxos Writers Retreat, the stimulating beauty of the island, and the inspiring daily Writing Round Table Workshops all combine to make Naxos an idyllic place to unleash your creative potential.

Find additional information here . Write Away Europe also has other retreats in 2023 in Hydra, Greece (May 7-13), Tuscany, Italy (June 25 – July 1), Plovdiv, Bulgaria (July 23-29), and France (September 17-23).

Words in the Hills Spring Campout

When: April 21-23, 2023

Where: South Bloomingville, OH

The 2nd annual Words in the Hills Spring Retreat will be hosted at Camp Oty’Okwa in the beautiful Hocking Hills. This 3-day writing retreat welcomes creative writers of all genres and experience levels. Poets, novelists, songwriters, essayists, and anyone who enjoys the art of writing are invited to join in this supportive environment. You will leave refreshed and inspired!

This retreat offers workshops, critique sessions, an open mic, and more. This is place where you can explore and grow in different areas of your writing and creativity, a place where you can receive support and feedback from peers surrounded by tall trees, quiet fields, waterfalls, and open skies.

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Have you been going through a writing slump lately? We know the feeling. Fortunately, there are many ways to revive your creative spirits, and we just so happen to have a great solution for you: writing retreats!


If you’ve tried one in the past, then you know how a change in scenery can boost your spirits. You can sidestep the hassle of searching for the perfect writing retreat in 2024 by checking out the selection below.

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

Winter On the Farm Creative Writing Retreat

Winter On the Farm Creative Writing Retreat

Arvon Tutored Retreat: Fiction

Arvon Tutored Retreat: Fiction

Banff Winter Writers Retreat

Banff Winter Writers Retreat

Rekindle Creativity Women's Writing Retreat

Rekindle Creativity Women’s Writing Retreat

Foxes’ Day Writing Retreat

Foxes’ Day Writing Retreat

Writing Workshops: Hawaii Retreat

Writing Workshops: Hawaii Retreat

Casa Ana Creative Writing Retreat

Casa Ana Creative Writing Retreat

Open Your Art Flash Fiction Retreat

Open Your Art Flash Fiction Retreat

Open You Art Retreat

Open You Art Retreat

Write Your Journey: Vietnam Writing Retreat

Write Your Journey: Vietnam Writing Retreat

The Drilling Axe: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

The Drilling Axe: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

Wandering Writers Retreat

Wandering Writers Retreat

Centauri Arts Creative Writing Retreat

Centauri Arts Creative Writing Retreat

Island Time Writing Retreat

Island Time Writing Retreat

Writing at Serra Retreat

Writing at Serra Retreat

Valeria Vescina Writing Retreat

Valeria Vescina Writing Retreat

The Rainforest Writers Village Retreat

The Rainforest Writers Village Retreat

Art of Writing Retreat

Art of Writing Retreat

Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat

Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat

Art of Writing Retreat: Deep Dive into Writing

Art of Writing Retreat: Deep Dive into Writing

Gunnas Weekend Writing Retreat

Gunnas Weekend Writing Retreat

Ossabaw Island Writers' Retreat

Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat

Rocaberti Writers Retreat

Rocaberti Writers Retreat

Fabled Retreats in New Hope

Fabled Retreats in New Hope

Susan Hagens: Women's Writing Retreat

Susan Hagens: Women’s Writing Retreat

Ego Break Retreat

Ego Break Retreat

Rocaberti Writers Retreat

Himalayan Writers Retreat

Develop your Novel Writers Retreat

Develop your Novel Writers Retreat

Haven Writing Retreats

Haven Writing Retreats

The Algonkian Writer Retreat and Novel Workshop

The Algonkian Writer Retreat and Novel Workshop

Stylish Writing Intensive

Stylish Writing Intensive

Steph Jagger: The Nature of Narrative Retreat

Steph Jagger: The Nature of Narrative Retreat

Ireland Writing Retreat

Ireland Writing Retreat

Mission of the Writer Retreat in California

Mission of the Writer Retreat in California

Writing Workshops: New York Retreat

Writing Workshops: New York Retreat

Fabled Retreats in Cape May

Fabled Retreats in Cape May

Foreword Retreats: David Rocklin Writing Retreat

Foreword Retreats: David Rocklin Writing Retreat

Novel Whisperer Galveston

Novel Whisperer Galveston

Writing Workshops: Biltmore Retreat

Writing Workshops: Biltmore Retreat

Susan Hagens: Women's Writing Retreat

Arvon: Fiction Retreat

Writers in the Wild Blue Ridge Retreat

Writers in the Wild Blue Ridge Retreat

Write Away: France Writing Retreat

Write Away: France Writing Retreat

Iceland Writers Retreat

Iceland Writers Retreat

Writing Workshops: Dublin Retreat

Writing Workshops: Dublin Retreat

The Taos Deep Dive & Revision Writer’s Retreat

The Taos Deep Dive & Revision Writer’s Retreat

Writing Retreat for Academics, PhD students and other professionals

Writing Retreat for Academics, PhD students and other professionals

Writing as a Pathway Through Grief, Loss, Uncertainty and Change: A Weeklong Retreat

Writing as a Pathway Through Grief, Loss, Uncertainty and Change: A Weeklong Retreat

Pink Panega: Writer’s Retreat in Rhodes

Pink Panega: Writer’s Retreat in Rhodes

A Writer Within Retreat in Tuscany

A Writer Within Retreat in Tuscany

Shine: Creative Writing + Pilates Retreat

Shine: Creative Writing + Pilates Retreat

Write Away Europe: Paros Greek Island Retreat

Write Away Europe: Paros Greek Island Retreat

Foreword Retreats: Jamie Ford Writing Retreat

Foreword Retreats: Jamie Ford Writing Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored May Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored May Retreat

Foxes’ Day Writing Retreat

Fabled Retreats in Poconos

Writeaway in New Mexico

Writeaway in New Mexico

Memories into Memoir Writing Retreat

Memories into Memoir Writing Retreat

Paris Writers Retreat

Paris Writers Retreat

Wide Open Writing: Italy Retreat

Wide Open Writing: Italy Retreat

Foreword Retreats: Ellen Sussman Writing Retreat

Foreword Retreats: Ellen Sussman Writing Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat: Developing Your Poetry

The Garsdale Retreat: Developing Your Poetry

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Write, Travel, Transform: Back Roads of Bali

Valeria Vescina Writing Retreat

Retreat. Create. Revitalize.

Come to Your Senses Writing Retreat with Author Karen Karbo

Come to Your Senses Writing Retreat with Author Karen Karbo

The Writing Room Retreat: Greece Writer's Retreat

The Writing Room Retreat: Greece Writer’s Retreat

Writing Workshops: Paris Retreat

Writing Workshops: Paris Retreat

Women Reading Aloud: Greece's Writer's Retreat

Women Reading Aloud: Greece’s Writer’s Retreat

Las Chimeneas Writing Retreat

Las Chimeneas Writing Retreat

All-Genre NIP Bookcamp Workshop & Writing Retreat

All-Genre NIP Bookcamp Workshop & Writing Retreat

Ireland Writing Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat: Novel Writing

Creative Connections Writing Retreat

Creative Connections Writing Retreat

Rainforest Writing Retreat

Rainforest Writing Retreat

Mountain Rise Writing Retreat

Mountain Rise Writing Retreat

Write Away Europe: Tuscany Writing Retreat

Write Away Europe: Tuscany Writing Retreat

Writing Workshops: Iceland Retreat

Writing Workshops: Iceland Retreat

Writing Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

Writing Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

The White Mountain Book Writing Retreat

The White Mountain Book Writing Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored July Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored July Retreat

Summer on the Farm Novel Writing Retreat at ZigBone Farm

Summer on the Farm Novel Writing Retreat at ZigBone Farm

Denmark's Writing Retreat

Denmark’s Writing Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored August Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored August Retreat

Write. Run. Connect.

Write. Run. Connect.

A Creative Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago

A Creative Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago

Foreword Retreats: Christina Baker Kline & Paula McLain Writing Retreat

Foreword Retreats: Christina Baker Kline & Paula McLain Writing Retreat

Writeaway in Ireland

Writeaway in Ireland

Fiction & Autobiographical Writing Retreat

Fiction & Autobiographical Writing Retreat

Words & Clay Women's River Trip

Words & Clay Women’s River Trip

Writing Workshops: Mackinac Island Retreat

Writing Workshops: Mackinac Island Retreat

Writeaway in France

Writeaway in France

Wide Open Writing: Ireland Retreat

Wide Open Writing: Ireland Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored September Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored September Retreat

Novel Whisperer Writing Adventure Retreat

Novel Whisperer Writing Adventure Retreat

Grand Tourist Writer's Retreat

Grand Tourist Writer’s Retreat

The Okoboji Writers’ Retreat

The Okoboji Writers’ Retreat

The White Mountain Book Writing Retreat

Casa Ana Novel Writing Retreat

The Writing Room: Writing Retreat in Mexico

The Writing Room: Writing Retreat in Mexico

The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored November Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored November Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored December Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored December Retreat

The Clockhouse Retreats

The Clockhouse Retreats

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Foxes’ Weekend Writing Retreat

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Foxes’ Working Week Writing Retreats

La Bodeguita Writing Retreat

La Bodeguita Writing Retreat

La Casa Grande Writing Retreat

La Casa Grande Writing Retreat

Words and Wanderlust Retreat

Words and Wanderlust Retreat

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No matter where in the world you choose, writing retreats offer you benefits worth their weight in gold; you get to meet fellow writers, finish your manuscript, or simply relax and keep writing. It’s a golden opportunity to rejuvenate your mind and soul!

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With so many things to do, your weekend getaway in Moscow might just turn into a weeklong retreat! Indulge in some retail therapy, immerse yourself in the great outdoors or show some spirit at a sporting event.

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Pop into one of our local eateries and sample everything from burgers to bouillabaisse. Or, sip your way through Moscow’s craft beer scene and find an ale to cure your ails.

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Immerse yourself in cinematic magic at a film festival or enjoy family-friendly fun at the annual Renaissance fair. Mark your calendars and stay up to date with the latest happenings in Fest City.

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  1. 25+ Incredible Writers Retreats to Attend in 2024

    Willow Writers' Retreat is facilitated by Susan Isaak Lolis, a published and award-winning writer. Attendees have access to workshops, including one with creative writing instructor Margaret Harrington, plus a reading on the last evening to celebrate your work. Cost: TBD; 2022 rate was $350.

  2. 50+ Incredible Writers Retreats to Attend in 2022

    Incredible writers' retreats to attend in 2022. The writing retreats below take place in 2022 (unless they're postponed or cancelled because of the pandemic) — and are organized by location, in order from least to most expensive. ... Cost: TBD; 2020 costs ranged from $827-$1,056 per person (when booked before December 13, 2019). After ...

  3. Writing Retreats to Travel for in 2022

    Paris Writers Retreat. When: May 30-June 3, 2022. Where: Private loft in the heart of Paris' 4th arrondissement, one of the most beautiful areas of Paris known as Ile Saint Louis. Join us for our 12th year. Story and manuscript development come alive at this acclaimed, professional workshop for authors of fiction and nonfiction.

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    International Writers' Retreat. The MFA in Creative Writing program at Rosemont College will offer its annual International Writers' Retreat in January 2022. This year we will be traveling to Sicily and Rome. MFA in Creative Writing graduate credit, non-credit, and companion prices are available. Airfare is not included.


    The Cotswold village of Broadway, Worcestershire, England. Join us for a special, seasonal writing retreat from December 12-19, 2024! We're so pleased to be returning to the luxurious and ancient Abbots Grange, Broadway, in the Cotswolds region of England. Visit the webpage for more information, or contact us to register or with questions.

  6. Six Amazing Writing Retreats & Residencies for Black Writers

    Session one runs from December 28, 2022 - January 8, 2023 and Session two runs from January 10th - 20th, 2023. Applications are being accepted now. Visit the Rose Pan African Website for more details. The Sea Island Writers Retreat - Sapelo Island, Georgia. Founded by the incomparable, Ms. Tina McElroy Ansa, the Sea Island Writers Retreat ...

  7. Writing retreats at the Center for Creative Writing

    The Center for Creative Writing offers annual writing retreats on multiple topics and genres for writers who seek an immersive experience. Our writing retreats for the foreseeable future will be supportive, community-building, intensive…and 100% virtual. We adapted some of our in-person offerings to provide an incredible retreat experience ...

  8. Writing & Yoga Radical Revision Retreat

    Writing workshops will include innovative writing exercises that engage powerful aspects of writing craft, including the senses, imagery, dialogue, and sound, among others. ... Our retreat opens December 3 2022 (Saturday) with a causal afternoon welcome reception as participants arrive at Present Moment. Depending on your flight time, you will ...

  9. 5 Writing Retreats to Apply to in 2022

    Attendees will get plenty of personal time to write, reconnect with the pleasures of writing, and receive professional support for a healthy writing practice. Held at the Elohee Retreat Center in Sautee Nagochee, Georgia, the retreat runs May 15-21, 2022 and will set you back about $4,650-$5,250, depending on the accommodations you select.

  10. Twenty-Two of the Most Inspiring Writers Retreats in the Country

    Four-day retreat in June for Latinx poets at Columbia University in New York City. The retreat includes workshops, craft talks, lectures, panel discussions, and a reading. Fellows receive daily breakfast and lunch. Lodging, travel, and dinners are not included. Lodging is available in shared campus dormitories for $90 per night.

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    Sale Bestseller No. 5. The Book You Need to Read to Write the Book You Want to Write: A Handbook for Fiction Writers. Sarah Burton (Author) English (Publication Language) 298 Pages - 03/17/2022 (Publication Date) - Cambridge University Press (Publisher) £12.99 −£2.34 £10.65. Buy on Amazon. Bestseller No. 6.

  12. The Writing Barn

    The Writing Barn. Situated on 7.5 wooded acres in Austin, Texas, The Writing Barn is a space for writers, creatives, and those looking for a serene getaway. Whether retreating at the Book House, The Cabin, or attending one of the many events and workshops held at The Writing Barn, you will have every opportunity to retreat, create, and celebrate.

  13. Arvon

    The Home of Creative Writing. Arvon is a charity that runs creative writing courses, events and retreats both in-person and online. Our courses are tutored by leading authors and include a powerful mix of workshops and individual tutorials, with time and space to write, free from distractions of everyday life.

  14. Creative & writing retreats in Assisi, December 2022.

    Creative & writing retreats in Assisi, December 2022. Last open calls in December 2022! Ideal for colleagues and partners, as well as for individual artists/writers who desire to be focused on their own projects. Arte Studio Ginestrelle and the Writing Residency are located in the heart of the historical town, famous for its frescoes by Giotto ...

  15. 16 Writing Retreats for Women: Dream About Them, Then Apply

    Here are some women's writing retreat options to consider: 1. Pink Pangea Travel Writing Retreats. Pink Pangea is a community for women who love to travel, and in addition to holding online writing workshops, they run international writing retreats. While travel writing is the primary focus, writers interested in a broader range of genres are ...

  16. Writing Retreats to Inspire in 2023

    When: April 21-23, 2023. Where: South Bloomingville, OH. The 2nd annual Words in the Hills Spring Retreat will be hosted at Camp Oty'Okwa in the beautiful Hocking Hills. This 3-day writing retreat welcomes creative writers of all genres and experience levels. Poets, novelists, songwriters, essayists, and anyone who enjoys the art of writing ...

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    What should I bring to a writing retreat? Popular items to bring into your personal writing session include a journal, favorite writing materials, a good book, a nice candle, and, of course, comfortable clothes. Top Rated Writing Retreats in 2024 4 Day ReWrite Your Life Journaling & Tarot for Intuition, UK

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    This 4-day retreat includes daily writing exercises & workshops, daily readings, daily meditations & journaling, a private 1:1 session, daily breakfast, and a 3-night stay in a charming restored colonial manor. Pineapple Hill Inn. Mar 8-11, 2024. $165-$285.

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    2 Day Abundance Mastermind Retreat in West Palm Beach, FL, US. West Palm Beach, Florida, United States. Available all year round. I had the privilege of attending a writing retreat with Gabrielle. The lessons were insightful, her. From. USD $1,200. FREE Cancellation. 4.8.

  20. Moscow

    Moscow (/ ˈ m ɒ s k oʊ / MOS-koh, US chiefly / ˈ m ɒ s k aʊ / MOS-kow; Russian: Москва, tr. Moskva, IPA: ⓘ) is the capital and largest city of Russia.The city stands on the Moskva River in Central Russia, with a population estimated at 13.0 million residents within the city limits, over 18.8 million residents in the urban area, and over 21.5 million residents in the metropolitan ...

  21. The Moscow Chamber of Commerce: Visit Moscow, Idaho

    Home to the University of Idaho, Moscow (aka Fest City) is known for its lively celebrations and charming hometown vibe. Whether you're exploring picturesque landscapes, rocking out at a music festival or indulging in mouthwatering local cuisine, this welcoming city offers an array of experiences for every style of adventurer.

  22. 21 Things to Know Before You Go to Moscow

    1: Off-kilter genius at Delicatessen: Brain pâté with kefir butter and young radishes served mezze-style, and the caviar and tartare pizza. Head for Food City. You might think that calling Food City (Фуд Сити), an agriculture depot on the outskirts of Moscow, a "city" would be some kind of hyperbole. It is not.

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    Sep. 20, 2022. Destroyed Russian military vehicle in the city of Izyum, Kharkiv region. Oksana Ivanets / Armyinform (CC BY 4.0) The retreat of the Russian armed forces from Ukraine's Kharkiv ...