37 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2019

37 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2019

Do you 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.

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

Most of them 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, writing.

They’re often pricey, but some offer scholarships (so always ask!), or you could create your own writing retreat with friends.

And remember: A 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.

The 37 writing retreats below take place in 2019; they range in price, location and focus — so hopefully you’ll be able to find one that fits your needs. (Hint: Though they’re in order by date, many organizers offer multiple retreats. So if there’s a 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 — but not 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.

Lastly, I haven’t attended any of the retreats listed, so it’s imperative you do your own research before signing up. Ask to see testimonials or reviews, or search online for blog posts by past participants.

1. Creative Revolution Retreats

Leigh Shulman invites you to choose your own retreat dates — and join her anytime in January or February 2019 in Salta, Argentina.

Over eight days, you’ll enjoy intensive writing workshops, yoga, a massage and a private apartment in a bustling city center. Up to three people can participate at once, so grab two friends and book a date.

Cost: $1,800 per person (scholarships available).

2. Writing Retreats in Mexico

Run by the Vancouver and Victoria Schools of Writing and hosted by writing coach and author Kathrin Lake, this retreat is quite economical — especially for Americans.

It offers group classes and one-on-one coaching in writing and publishing. Dates include January 7–13, January 21–27, February 17–23 and March 17–23, 2019.

Cost: $850 CAD (~$650 US) per person (does not include accommodation or most food).

3. Under the Volcano

This non-profit program will hold its 16th annual retreat from January 10-20, 2019, in the Mexican village of Tepoztlán. The program requires a writing sample for admission, and also offers financial aid.  

It’s intended for “committed writers with projects underway,” as you’ll attend six three-hour workshops — with master instructors — in fiction, poetry, memoir or journalism.

Cost: $1,895 per person (does not include accommodation and some meals).

4. Costa Rica Retreat for Writers and Families

Bring your partner and niños along on Julie Hartley’s creative writing retreat from February 9–16, 2019.

You’ll stay on a working farm in the heart of the rainforest, with easy access to both hammocks and hikes. Each morning, you’ll participate in creative writing workshops, and each afternoon, you’ll have time to write or explore.

The week begins and ends with public readings — which your family is welcome to attend!

Cost: $1,399–$1,849 per person (does not include lunch or dinner); $340 per child (if sharing a room with two adults).

5. 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 in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains from March 7–10, 2019, it offers workshops, critiques and readings.

The organizers promise you’ll “find inspiration in the natural beauty that will surround you.”

Cost: $299–$399 per person.

6. Retreats for You

Located in a 17th-century thatched house in southwest England, this retreat center runs a variety of programs throughout the year. (And also comes with two resident labradors that you can walk through the countryside.)

Aspiring authors might be interested in the “Pitch to a Publisher” weekend from March 7–11, 2019 or “Developing Your Novel” from June 17–21, 2019.

Cost: £459–£545 (~$595–$706 US) per person.

7. Wide Open Writing

Interested in spending a week writing on the beach in Isla Holbox, Mexico, while making friends with flamingos and turtles?

This retreat from March 10–15 or 17–22, 2019, features writing workshops, daily yoga, body work — and “a community where, regardless of your writing background, you can explore the story you need to tell.” The hosts offer a June retreat in Maine and September retreat in Italy, as well.

Cost: $2,200 per person (does not include some dinners).

8. Himalayan Writers Retreat

On this retreat in the Indian Himalayas, maybe you’ll find the solace you need to finish that important project.

It has three sessions in 2019: March 31 to April 10 for all writers, September 30 to October 10 for fiction writers and November 15–25 for non-fiction and poetry writers.

Each retreat has a guest leader, two resident facilitators: a psychologist and an author. They’ll guide you through everything from discussions to long walks, bonfires, yoga and pottery. Plus, all retreats are airport-to-airport experiences to ensure participants safety and comfort.

Cost: $2,500 per person.

9. Iceland Writers Retreat

At this retreat, it seems like you get what you pay for: intimate workshops and panels with famous authors like Ann Hood and Chigozie Obioma.

Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the incredible country of Iceland. It runs April 3–7, 2019.

Cost: 199,000–283,500 ISK (~$1,644–$2,342 US) per person.

10. Holy Ground Writing Retreat on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail

From May 15-19, 2019, Carolyn Flynn invites fiction and creative nonfiction writers to join her on a Kentucky alpaca and llama farm 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 will even get to spend a day at the (horse) races!

Flynn also offers a retreat in Ireland in late May.  

Cost: $1,995–$2,395 per person (some meals not included).

11. Women Reading Aloud — Jersey Shore

This spring, Julie Maloney is bringing her women’s retreat to the Jersey shore for the eleventh straight year.

If you join her April 26–28, 2019, you’ll participate in writing workshops led by her and bestselling author Jacqueline Sheehan.

For a more exotic getaway, Maloney also has a June retreat in Greece and a July retreat in Prague.

Cost: $890 per person for a private room (does not include one dinner).

12. Luova Retreats — Provence

Ever wanted to add visual elements to your writing? This “creative exploration” retreat features a resident writer and artist who will guide you through sketches and journaling amidst the beauty of Provence.

You’ll enjoy organic meals, evening movies and poolside glasses of wine, yoga and meditation each morning. Two sessions are available in 2019: May 7–14 and 16–23.

Cost: $1,950–$4,250 per person.

13. Verse Kraken Writing Retreat

Making its debut on the list is this affordable retreat in Brittany, France from May 10–17, 2019. It’s taught by two British authors and welcomes writers of all kinds.

The retreat will “explore boundaries and cross-genres,” allowing you to be “inspired by spaces where history and present overlap, where nature and urbanity co-exist.” It includes workshops, tutorials, writing time and excursions.

Cost: £560–£750 (~$728–$975 US) per person, with a 10% discount if booked before December 15, 2018.

14. Write Away Europe

Looking for a place where your “soul and creative spirit will soar”? Travel to Prague from May 12–18, 2019.

At this retreat, 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.  

This company also hosts retreats in Greece in April, and Italy in March and June.

Cost: $2,050–$2,500 per person (does not include lunch).

15. 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 October 5-12, 2019.

After morning yoga or tai chi, host Kathryn Kay will lead group writing sessions; in the afternoon, group outings to nearby towns and sites. In the evenings, you’ll share your work and reflect on the day (over wine).

Cost: $2,700–$3,000 per person.

16. Aegean Arts Circle Writing Workshop

What is it with writers and Greece? Something about this country and its magical islands must really inspire.

This retreat — now in its 17th year — will take place on the island of Andros from May 22 to June 2, 2019.

Hosted by journalist and writer Kathryn “Kitsi” Watterson, it features workshops in the mornings, free writing in the afternoons and group dinners each evening.

Cost: $3,000 per person for a single room (does not include all meals).

17. TLC Writing Workshops

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, as well.

Or, if you’d rather work in a group setting, Coia holds retreats in Mexico in February ($3,000) and Greece in May and June ($3,900–$4,400).

Cost: $1,800 per person for three days.

18. Writing on Water — Croatia

Stay in a luxurious villa with views of the Adriatic sea during this retreat from June 8–15, 2019.

You’ll enjoy creative writing and movement workshops, hiking and waterfall tours, and visits to castles and other historic sites. This year’s guest artist is Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, the award-winning author of two novels and one memoir.

Cost: $2,675 per person.

Ready to let your creativity flow? A writing retreat may be just what you need.

19. Pink Pangea Travel Writing Retreat

Want to explore Venice while sharing stories and making new friends? Pink Pangea co-founder Jaclyn Mishal will lead this women-only retreat from June 19–23, 2019.

You’ll stay in central Venice and participate in daily writing workshops and tours. The company also hosts retreats in other countries throughout the year.

Cost: $1,040–$1,385 per person (does not include lunch or dinner).

20. Writing With Care

Picture a charming mansion by the ocean in Newfoundland, and something like Ochre House would probably come to mind. It’s hosting a writing retreat from June 9–14, 2019 for writers of all stripes.

Under the guidance of “extraordinary” instructors, you’ll discuss writing techniques and tools, as well as “the place of writing in one’s life.” The application deadline is January 18, 2019.

Cost: $935–$1,250 CAD (~$715–$956 US) per person.

21. L.R Johnson Writers’ Retreat in Ireland

If you’re on a budget, keep moving down the list. But if you want to dream a wee bit, scope this retreat, which is held in a beautiful Irish manor on a 200-acre private estate.

From June 16–22, 2019, you’ll participate in classes with two authors, a life coach, a literary agent and a yoga teacher, high tea each day.

Cost: $5,199 per person.

22. Writers Who Run, Retreat & Race

If you’re one of the many writers who love to run, you might enjoy this retreat, which will occur June 17–22, 2019 in rural North Carolina.

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

Cost: $2,499–$2,899 per person.

23. 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. She has three dates on the calendar for 2019: June 28–July 6, July 25–August 3 and November 29–December 8 ( a late September retreat in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains for $1,250).

Cost: $1,495–$1,895 per person.

24. 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 from July 1–10, 2019. You’ll participate in workshops, intensive writing and one-on-one meetings with industry professionals.

Cost: $1,895 per person for a single room.

25. French Alps Writing Retreat

Spiritual writers will love escaping to the pristine Lake Annecy from July 20–27, 2019.

At this retreat for aspiring book authors, host Debra Moffitt will help you “access your own inner wisdom and creative energy” through writing and meditation.

Cost: $1,699 per person.

26. Get Away to Write — Scotland

Murphy Writing of Stockton University will hold its 10th international retreat August 1–9, 2019 in the coastal city of Dundee, Scotland.

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 over 20 hours of workshops, a session on freelancing, readings by local writers and an excursion to Edinburgh.

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

Cost: $2,100–$2,300 per person (scholarships and early registration discounts available).

27. Write and Publish That Book in Lake Tahoe

Itching to finally write that book? California sounds like the perfect place to get started.

Come with an idea, and you’ll get the “time, space and instruction needed to write and publish your book within a year.” This women-only retreat takes place from August 4–9, 2019. The organizers also host two retreats in France in June.

Cost: $2,000–$2,850 per person (does not include dinner).

28. Hamlet’s Hideaway

This all-inclusive retreat will be held in Denmark from August 11–17, 2019.  

You’ll stay in the shadow of Fredensborg Palace, a “magical setting” where you can “dream and create.” Both beginners and experienced writers are welcome.

Cost: $2,700 per person.

29. Krouna Writing Workshop

Travel with author and editor Henriette Lazaridis to her ancestral home in the mountains of northern Greece.

To apply, you must submit a 10-page writing sample. And before attending the retreat in mid-August (exact dates TBD), you’ll need to submit a sample for group critiquing: either 50 pages of a novel manuscript or two short stories.

Cost: $2,750–$3,500 per person (does not include all meals).

30. On the River of Discovery

Let life on the Green River inspire your writing on this women’s retreat, which takes place August 25–30, 2019.

You’ll spend six days floating through Utah’s majestic canyons, going on guided hikes and writing under the guidance of Page Lambert — all while sleeping under the stars each night.

Lambert also hosts a Wyoming horseback writing retreat in June ($1,829).  

Cost: $1,599 per person.

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

Learn to tell your story while escaping to the mythical Irish island of Inis Mór from September 1–8, 2019.

In addition to writing workshops with host Irene Graham, you’ll enjoy guided walks and tours of the remote island — and even a pony trap ride!

Graham also hosts retreats in June and July, including one for memoir writers.

Cost: €1,550 (~$1,780 US) per person.

32. Write Your Journey — Vietnam

You’ll bike through rice fields, devour street food, complete daily yoga and sound bowl meditations — and, oh yeah, write — during this retreat in Hoi An.

From September 8–15, 2019, yoga teacher and writing coach Kerstin Pilz will guide you in group and one-on-one writing sessions — all while exploring “authentic Vietnam” to “ignite your creativity.” She also hosts a number of three-day weekend retreats for $650.

Cost: $1,650 per person.

33. Story Rebels — Sicily

As founder Malika Ali Harding puts its, “This gathering is designed for writers, book lovers, and foodies in search of communal solitude.” It takes place at a stunning lodge in eastern Sicily from September 13–17, 2019.

This retreat is more focused on activities — like horseback riding, pasta making and wine tasting — than on coaching or critiquing, but allows time for writing and reflection, too.

Cost: €2599–€3799 (~$2,959–$4,326 US) per person.

34. Your Beautiful Writing Life Retreat

Because no one can get enough of Tuscany: Australian novelist Vanessa Carvale’s retreat will take place from September 14–21, 2019, 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 similar retreat in late April, as well.

Cost: $2,300 per person.

35. Ireland Writing Retreat

Find your words in a country that’s produced some of the greatest literary minds in history.

At this Donegal retreat from September 23–29, 2019, 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 Gaeilge language and Irish ceildhe dancing classes, concerts, an island boat ride and guided walk. The host offers more retreats in March (for travel writing), May, June and October.

Cost: €990 per person (~$1,128 US) with lodging and breakfast.

36. Write ‘n Walk Spain

Boy does this sound dreamy! You’ll stay at a restored farmhouse in the mountains of Spain, enjoying morning hikes, afternoon free writes and evening writing workshops — all capped off with traditional dinners and wine.

The retreat, which welcomes beginners, is targeted at people writing a novel, memoir, workbook, online course or photography-based book. It takes place from October 6–13, 2019.

Organizers also host a retreat in Greece in June.

Cost: €2,100–€2,400 (~$2,400–$2,745 US), with a discount for booking before March 31, 2019 (does not include lunch).

37. The Taos 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 Loudon from April 28 to May 4, July 28 to August 3 or October 27 to November 2, 2019.

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.”

Loudon also hosts a weekend retreat in Colorado in September for $1,800.

Cost: $2,205–$2,655 per person.

Which one of these looks most exciting to you? Which ones did we miss?

This post is updated annually. It was last updated in November 2018.

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262 comments

  • Diana Osberg says:

    UPDATE: Thank you for including our Visual Mindscape Screenwriting Retreat in Malibu as #6 in your blog post above. Several of your readers attended last weekend and loved this mini-retreat with Bill Boyle. Bill will return to mentor screenwriters in more retreats and workshops, including a two-day Visual Mindscape Screenwriting Workshop in Tucson (TBD in July 2016) and a magical screenwriting retreat in the “land of heart’s desire” at a gorgeous historic country house in Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland, October 9-15, 2016. This retreat is already partially booked, and we’re only taking 6-10 screenwriters. Please take a look at the details here: http://www.miaterratours.com/ireland-screenwriting-retreat.html

  • Paula Johnson says:

    What a wonderful selection of amazing retreats/places! I’m actually hosting one in BALI in August 2016: http://soulcuisine.co.nz/writers-retreat-bali-2016/
    I hosted it last year and it was so much fun! Check it out – it’s very reasonable too 🙂

  • Karen says:

    We are based in beautiful Gascony, SW France and run literary retreats for aspiring novelists.

    Although we are a small company we are working with a team of highly professional literary agents, University Creative Writing tutors and published authors who are all widely known in the profession.

    We have two amazing courses coming up in June, run by literary agent Andrew Lownie, author Liz Jensen (whose book ‘The Nineth Life of Louis Drax has been turned into a movie) and Amanda Hodginson published author in 22 languages and fellow at Suffolk University.

    Each course is delivered by different tutors according to genre. See website for details.

    A small company, with a big heart- we offer a unique opportunity to have your book read by a literary agent and to receive a critique on your work in person.

    We would love to welcome you to ‘A Chapter Away’ – a creative break from your everyday lives.

    Karen

    http://www.achapteraway.com

  • jay236 says:

    La Muse in the south of France is definetely one that should be on here in the future! It’s a fantastic place to get away and write, with no set routines and in the most beautiful and idyllic setting. John and Kerri welcome any artist, not just writers and painters and poets. They’ll welcome any kind of art from knitting to baking and cooking to Yoga and hiking . To book your summer getaway, go to http://lamuseinn.com/

  • Lara Dunston says:

    I have another to add! My writer/photographer husband and I are holding two retreats a year, following the success of our first last year.

    Our Cambodia Culinary Travel Writing and Photography Retreats will be on in Siem Reap (our home) in May and September each year. We still have some spots left for May, starting on the 22nd for 10 nights, and September is almost sold out, despite the fact we haven’t even finalised dates yet.

    We have decades of writing experience with a hefty body of work (Delicious, Australian Gourmet Traveller, The Guardian, CNN etc), a successful blog, we’re currently writing a cookbook, and producing a series of long-form narratives and videos on Asian food for an Australian broadcaster. I also have a decade’s experience teaching writing and film at university, industry and vocational levels.

    We’ve got an itinerary crammed with immersive experiences that are aimed to stimulate and inspire – from a moat-side sunset picnic at Angkor Wat to temple scrambles, market walks, cooking classes, street food tours, village visits, and countryside excursions, and a three day trip to Battambang. All activities enable opportunities for participants to get up close and personal and engage with locals. These are all punctuated by workshops and downtime to reflect upon the experiences – and write!

    I note the concern above about prices and we had this feedback last year, so we’ve chosen accommodation with a range of different room types, and therefore a range of different prices, starting from US$1,200 which is pretty incredible considering that includes 10-nights’ accommodation, all meals but two, all classes, tours, activities, and experiences, transport, guides, etc.

    More info on the link and then there’s another link with pics from last year’s tour -> http://grantourismotravels.com/2016/01/28/cambodia-culinary-travel-writing-and-photography-retreat/

  • Tracey says:

    Writers might also be interested in La Muse Writers & Artists Retreat in southern France, where I am now. This is a wonderful and affordable retreat set in a village in the mountains bordering Spain, where writers and artists gather for one, two or three week (or longer) retreats in an 11th Century, 7-bedroom house owned by writers John Fanning and his partner Kerry. It is self-catering and we have the freedom to work at will, but with guidelines for quiet times. I love it here: it keeps me focused, and is inspiring, beautiful and even magical, especially at night under the massive stars. #lamuseinn.com #retreats #France

  • Diana Osberg says:

    Thank you again, Susan, for including my Visual Mindscape Screenwriting Retreat in your “25 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2016” article. I had several of your writers attend because they read about this retreat in your article, and I still get a lot of visitors on my site from it.

    I have recently re-branded as Mia Terra Retreats and have a new retreat website with lots of wonderful new offerings for 2016/2017, including “Stories of Your Days Memoir Writing Retreat” on June 3-5, 2016 in the beautiful Laurel Highland Mountains of western Pennsylvania. For info, visit: http://www.miaterraretreats.com/ligonier-pennsylvania-memoir-writing-retreat/). You may find my new homepage at: http://www.miaterraretreats.com. The old site will be viable for a while longer, but I am fazing it out, so be sure to bookmark the new site.

    Thank you all for reading this. I’ve enjoyed being a part of this community of writers and love reading all the articles.

    Blessings,
    Diana Osberg

  • Magvey says:

    I want to show my video experience from one volcano island in Greece
    https://youtu.be/Qg4i1FbUD2E

  • Allison Quaid says:

    Thanks so much for compiling this list, it is a great to get an overview of workshops in interesting places around the world.

    I would like to share an invigorating and nourishing writing retreat that I’m co-leading this fall in Umbria. It is called Women Writing Italy (http://womenwritingitaly.com) and runs from Oct. 9- Oct.15, 2016 We will be writing in an absolutely breath-taking hotel in the vineyards of Umbia, where you get to set aside time every day to finish that novel, biography, website, or blog; and then share your daily progress. We all have a writing project that we’d like to finish, this is the place to do it!

    Please me at [email protected] if you have any questions.

    Thanks, Allison Quaid.

  • O says:

    I find it extremely hard to construct dreams in writting. However, immaculately tainted English is my birth right. I swear solemnly, I just heard Debra, Suzanne, Liz, Elizabeth talking about some retreats. Just like you all great people out there; oneday perhaps I would be able to send my second language English for retreats.
    My apology, I’m new on the block kind of nervous and sensitive.

    Anyway, hope you all doing fabulous out there. My first twiking, ” is that sound like my first time in blogging experience?”

    I’m O (not made in China but close though)
    I’m motivated. I hope publishers still funding rookies!

  • Julie Maloney says:

    Susan, Thank you so much for including the GREECE WRITER’S RETREAT on this elegant list. I just returned from leading this retreat for our 6th year. Already, we have women writers from across the world requesting a spot for 2017. WOMEN READING ALOUD has been around since 2003 and it continues to grow internationally. Next up is our WRITING AND YOGA RETREA IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE in September. We have a full house but I’ll keep you posted for 2017! All the best to you. Julie Maloney, Director, WOMEN READING ALOUD

  • Diana Osberg says:

    Thank you again, Susan, for including our Visual Mindscape Screenwriting Retreat in your article. Several of your readers attended, our retreat was sold out, and we continue to get many visitors from your webpage.

    Our Ireland Screenwriting Retreat http://www.miaterraretreats.com/ireland-screenwriting-retreat/) October 9-15, 2016 is nearly sold out (1 spot left), and we’re beginning to book our writing retreats for next year, including retreats in Hawaii and Costa Rica.

    If anyone would like to take a look, we’re at http://www.miaterraretreats.com.

    We hope to meet some of you on our retreats!

  • Dipti says:

    This is amazing list…although lot of them are over. Wanted to inform that there’s an interesting writing retreat coming up “The Himalayan Writing Retreat” in India. Details are mentioned on the website https://uncityblog.wordpress.com/retreat/

  • Murali Krishna says:

    Hi
    realy good article right now i open my eyes . This was just the inspiration I needed to do so. Thanks so much for sharing this valuable article.

  • Diana Osberg says:

    Susan: Thank you so much for including my Stories of Your Days memoir writing retreat as number 16 in this post. I’m thrilled! Lat year, you included one of my screenwriting retreats in your 2016 retreats post and several of your readers joined us for our retreat in Malibu. It was such a delight to meet them. If you’d like to see more of what I’m offering in 2017, please visit my website at http://www.miaterraretreats.com. Thanks again, Diana

  • Jason Bougger says:

    Whoa, awesome list! I’ve never done a writing retreat. I’ve attended a few great conferences, but maybe one of these would be worth a consideration.

  • lara dunston says:

    Thanks so much for including our Cambodia travel and food writing and photography retreat in June 2017.

    My photographer husband and I are also offering writing and photography retreats in April and May 2017, with early bird discounts currently available for all retreats until December 2016.

    We will soon schedule retreats and culinary tours for the second half of 2017. More info here: http://grantourismotravels.com/2016/08/18/cambodia-creative-retreats-culinary-tours/

    We held both a 10-day retreat and a 9-day culinary tour this month and they were absolutely wonderful with two fantastic groups.

    Thanks again!

  • ARHuelsenbeck says:

    Wow, there’s a lot out there! Great job, everybody! Or you could just hold your own… https://arhtisticlicense.com/2015/10/07/how-to-hold-a-writers-retreat/

  • Columbia Hillen says:

    With Ireland known as a place of where artists of all kinds find inspiration in both landscape and its mystical nature, we invite those who want to live the Irish experience in a land that time forgot, in probably the most scenic part of Ireland, along the famous ‘Wild Atlantic Way.’
    Ireland Writing retreat takes place in June 26-July 2, 2017. A week-long, creative writing holiday with a difference – scenic walks, fascinating talks and daily practical writing and editing workshops lively, traditional Irish music concerts; archaeological and environmental tours of an awe-inspiring landscape soaked in Celtic legend; tuition in the Gaelic language, as well as Irish ceildhe dancing.
    You can get a bird’s eye view of our setting here

    and you can see what participants at this year’s retreat say about us here: http://www.irelandwritingretreat.com/2016-gallery
    Looking forward to welcome you next year.

  • Meg Brown says:

    Another interesting and brand new 5 star writing retreat on a 5 star property at Palm Jumeira Dubai, along with a unique workshop for building your author brand followed by entertainment in the heart of Desert!

    Included in the cost of $2500 is 5 star hotel full board stay, one desert workshop and brainstorming at the beach!

    12-16 March 2017

    http://thewritescene.com/retreat/

  • Scott Stavrou says:

    Many thanks to Susan Shain and The WriteLife for including our WriteAwayEurope.com Paros, Greek Island Writing Retreats in your wonderful list of inspiring Writers Retreats. We’re honored, again, to be included and always enjoy sharing the beauty and inspiration of enchanting Paros, Greece with wonderful writers from around the world.

    For TheWriteLife readers, we’re pleased to extend an exclusive $100 early-booking discount for our April, 2017 Greek Island Writers Retreat for reservations made before Dec. 31, 2016. Just include ‘thewritelife$100’ in your reservation email inquiry.

    Many thanks for including us – and here’s hoping that all the writers out there find the right people and places to inspire their writing and their lives. Genius germinates in groups.

    Write on!
    Scott Stavrou, Bd. of Advisors
    http://www.WriteAwayEurope.com
    Twitter: @WriteAwayEurope

  • Leigh Shulman says:

    Hey Susan! Thank you again for including us in this year’s retreat round up! So many of our participants find their ways to Nicaragua and Costa Rica because of this list of yours. We’ve even had a few people who spent a year or more traveling after joining the retreat and then never went back to their old word as they were able to write on the road.

    Always appreciated!

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