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Writing retreats are opportunities for writers to sequester themselves away and accomplish one goal – writing. Some retreats are held in conjunction with writers conferences and workshops while others are less formals.
No matter the type of retreat, you will travel and get a change of scenery that hopefully will help spark your creativity.
The Benefits of Writing Retreats
There are many benefits to attending a retreat. Here are some examples:
- You’ll be away from the distractions of daily life
- You’ll write, edit, and share your work with other authors
- You’ll work toward completing a goal
- Give you motivation to start a new writing project
- Get feedback
- Learn new writing habits
- Meet new people and hopefully form friendships
Where to Find Writing Retreats
Writing retreats can easily be found by conducting a web search, but here are five recommended by The Write Life. I selected them for this post because they offer unique experiences to attendees.
Jess Lourey’s Writing Retreats
This retreat is for anyone who wants to be inspired to write a novel, memoir, or self-help book. The company offers multiple locations throughout the year, and retreats are intended to nurture a person’s spirituality as well as their creativity and allow writers to find their inner voice.
Therapy and Life Writing for Older Women
This women’s-only conference is for women who are in second half of their lives and are seeking to write a memoir. Participants attend a conference and psychological and spiritual development classes. For those who cannot attend, the curriculum is available for free online.
Writing Around the Trees
Held in a forest bordering the San Juan National Forest, this retreat offers organic meals and is facilitated by an astrologer.
The Writer’s Sherpa
The Writer’s Sherpa, an editorial consultant, offers a cruise to the Bahamas to allow writers the opportunity to have fun while also working on their skills. While on the ship, participants will attend workshops.
Writers Who Run
This retreat is for writers who also are runners and features a 5K and 10K run. Their motto is “life is too short to neglect your writing.”
Held every other year.
This is by no means a complete list. If you have others that you believe should be added, let me know.
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