Carol Vorvain (@writersboon) is an Australian international lawyer, mediator, author and founder of Writers Boon. Her books, When Dreams are Calling, Why not? - The island where happiness starts with a question and A Fool in Istanbul - The adventures of a self-denying workaholic have been featured in a number of travel magazines including the International Traveller magazine and can be found in libraries, bookstores and on Amazon.
Do you feel uninspired? Perhaps you are a bit lonely or just bored, tired of the same routine.
Time to get away. Time for a writing retreat.
You’ll be surrounded by people who share your enthusiasm, your passion for writing and who, perhaps, have been where you are now and would happily offer a helping hand. You’ll make new friends and share ideas. You’ll encourage each other and connect.
Here is a list of the top 4 writing retreats for writers which take place in various inspirational locations around the world.
8-Day Writers' Retreat in the Cloud Forest of Ecuador
About: Imagine yourself in a riverside studio in the Ecuadorian cloud forest. That's where we will provide the perfect environment for tapping into your highest form of creativity. Harness, expand and cultivate your writing skills with Sue Kenney, a screenplay writer and best-selling author of the book My Camino. Whether you are journaling, blogging, writing your own story or the next best seller, this retreat has been designed to guide you to access your inner source of creativity. We will approach the creative process with a holistic theme that encapsulates mind, body and spirit. The retreat also includes several other daily activities, such as touring an artisanal chocolate factory and guided nature hikes through some of the most biodiverse places on Earth.
Where: Mindo, Ecuador
When: November 3 - 10, 2018.
Group size: 6-12
Cost: $2,495 USD
Accommodation included: Yes.
Meals included: Yes.
For more information about the retreat and to access the 15% exclusive discount for Writers Boon members click here.
Storyteller Within Women's Retreats
About: Storyteller Within women’s retreats offer self-exploratory writing journeys (6 to 10 days) with storytelling, meditation, yoga and sacred ceremonies in beautiful natural surroundings, including Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, the USA, and Canada in 2018. In this retreat, you will use writing as a channel for insight and vulnerability to explore your stories, reveal deeper truths and glimpse new perspectives. We will not focusing on the craft or techniques of writing. You will reclaim your role as the storyteller of your own life. Every woman has a voice, and we are gathering to raise it up, no matter what expression that takes for each of us. You are called to join the circle and to step deeper into your own voice.
Where & When:
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala (January 27th - February 4th, 2018 & March 9th-18th, 2018 & July 6th-15th, 2018)
Quebec, Canada (May 3rd-8th, 2018)
Smoky Mountains, USA (October 4th-9th, 2018)
Group size: 12-15
Cost: $1,195 - $1,795 USD
Accommodation included: Yes, ranging from yurts to wooden cabanas to luxury rooms.
Meals included: Yes, three delicious vegetarian meals a day.
For more information about the retreat and to access the 10% exclusive discount for Writers Boon members click here.
About: Western Caribbean Writing Cruise: Set sail in The Art of Storytelling and become a Brand Boss with Kristen Lamb as she teaches you the techniques that have already sold millions of her client’s books. Rachel Caine, NYT, USA Today and Internationally Bestselling Author will be give us the treasure map to writing in multi-genres, and agent Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency, along with editor Alex Sehulster of St. Martin’s Press, will be there to guide us to safe harbor among the rocky waters of the publishing world. Get ready to transform your career on this writing retreat!
Immersion Master Class Cruise: Get ready to dig your toes into warm sand and the trenches of your manuscript! Margie Lawson teaches writers how to use her psychologically-based editing systems and deep editing techniques to create page turners. She has presented over ninety full day master classes for writers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and on cruises in the Caribbean. Margie Lawson Immersion grads know that she works hard to help us polish our manuscripts. On this cruise, we’ll be laser-focused on editing, deepening our writing, and taking our manuscripts to bestseller quality. This retreat does have prerequisite courses that are required for all authors attending.
Where: Carnival Cruise Line, 7 Day Western Caribbean Cruise.
When: October 13 - 20, 2018.
Group size: Limited to 30 participants.
Cost: $1,750 USD.
Accommodation included: Yes. A Carnival cruise ticket is include with the retreat price.
Meals included: All meals on board are included, as detailed on Carnival’s website.
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