Writing Retreats: What Are They Are and How to Find Them

Writing retreats can help spark your creativity

Writing Retreats: What Are They Are and How to Find Them

Melina Druga
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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
  • Network

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.

Learn more.

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.

Learn more.

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.

Learn more.

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.

Learn more.

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.

Learn more.

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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Most kids have an active imagination. My imagination has stayed strong into adulthood, and I’ve funneled that creativity into a successful writing career. I write history, both fiction and nonfiction, because although your school history classes may have been boring, the past is not. My goal is to bring the past to life in all its myriad of colors.

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