Do you dream of getting away to write but need some guidance for your next novel? Want to meet other writers in a more intimate setting instead of the usual formal writing conferences? If you answered YES to these questions, then writing retreats might just be the thing for you.

Writing retreats are special because they are often set in breathtakingly beautiful locations designed to get your creative juices flowing. These retreats usually cover a triad of tours, workshops and interactions with writers in small groups. Truly a great way to combine vacation, inspiration and writing. Though typically pricey, many authors have raved that writing retreats are worth every penny you’ll have to spend.  Just think of it as an investment that will give you the opportunity to improve and even master your craft.



Writing retreats are more common then you may think and can be found quite easily with a simple google search. When looking for writing retreats, it’s important to keep an eye out for opportunities that best match your needs and requirements. ChatEbooks lists down a few of the best retreats taking place in 2016:

Under the Volcano 

Under the Volcano brings a community of writers together to share ideas and help one another reach their true potential. It is hosted in the legendary foothills of the great volcanoes in the Mexican village of Tepoztlan, This nine-day retreat primarily targets authors with existing projects and includes a number of three-hour workshops on various topics. This is an opportunity to rub shoulders with accomplished peers from all over the world.

Schedule: January 14-24, 2016

Cost: $1,795 per person (does not include food or accommodation)

TLC Writing Retreat for Women

Organized by Tammy and Linda, the TLC Writing Retreat for Women creates a warm environment specifically for female writers. Here, women can expect to receive the support and encouragement they need to tell their stories. It teaches guides women through their efforts to produce memoirs, create non-fictional works and delve into creative writing. Participants are guaranteed a balance of writing time with time for relaxation, introspection, solitude and community.

Schedule: January 31-February 6, 2016; April 24-30, 2016

Cost:$2,795 per person


Ossabaw Island Writer’s Retreat

Artists, musicians, and writers have been flocking to the unspoiled Island of Ossabaw more than 50 years to seek inspiration. The six-day writing retreat allows participants to attend workshops and one-on-one manuscript consultations with globally renowned authors. It also has played host to names like Ralph Ellison, Anne Dillard and Alice Walker. Since slots are highly-limited, early application is encouraged.

Schedule: March 4-9, 2016

Cost: $2,400 per person


Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Retreat

Set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Retreat is highly popular among fiction writers because it provides them the attractive opportunity to get away and lose themselves in their craft among other writers of their genre. Participants can look forward to critiques and readings as well as workshops. The organizers promise you’ll “Find inspiration in the natural beauty that surrounds you.”

Schedule: March 10-13, 2016

Cost: $180 per person (does not include lodging)


Writers Retreat Workshop

The Writers’ Retreat Workshop has spent the last 25 years providing serious-minded writers the opportunity to come together, improve their craft and accomplish their various writing goals – for most of which is finishing their novels for submission. Expect workshops, intensive writing and one-on-one meetings with industry professionals during the retreat.

Schedule: April 13-17, 2016

Cost: $1,895 per person

As a writer, it’s not uncommon to go through periods of feeling like you’re in a rut and wondering whether or not you will ever finish your book. If this is you, then a writing retreat may be just what the doctor ordered to get you back on track to accomplishing your publishing dreams.  Your investment may give you the inspiration and relaxation you need to get you back in the grind, while simultaneously providing you with the necessary tools to master your craft.


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