Since I am preparing to host a writing retreat on April 27-28th, someone recently asked me, “What is a Writing Retreat?”
I responded, “It is a rare opportunity to just write!”
I laughed and added, “But most writers are afraid to make it happen.”
“Yes, most writers are afraid…to take time out of their busy schedule…to stop what they are doing…to hang out with other writers and to do what they all enjoy most—WRITE.”
Well, here is my long answer to the original question, “What is a Writing Retreat?”
A writing retreat is a peaceful and inspiring place where writers go to isolate themselves with other writers to work on writing projects away from their phones, the Internet, the emails, their jobs, the family, their friends and any other distraction that normally keeps the writer from writing in their day-in and day-out world. Writers who go on writing retreats want to stimulate the thought process and break the writer’s block into tiny pieces. And it doesn’t matter what they write—fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, novels or articles. They enjoy the camaraderie and connection with other writers who are like-minded in their creativity. These writers often want to exchange ideas or just talk “writing stuff.” They want to encourage and inspire each other without judgment. They want to learn something new or be reminded of something old. They want to delve into the 3 Rs—rejuvenate, re-ignite and refresh. A writing retreat is very different from a writing conference or a writing workshop. It is essential for your mind, your body, your soul and your writing.
I hope that’s an “aha moment” for you.
Earlier, I said they are afraid. Yes, each writer has a million reasons why he or she cannot go on a writing retreat. The #1 reason is time and the #2 reason is money. But I think, the #1 and #2 reason is F.E.A.R.—false evidence appearing real.
Now, let me tell you what I think…A writing retreat is important because it makes you a better writer and it makes your writing better because it takes your writing to a new level. Writing retreats are important because each writer owes it to himself or herself to go on a writing retreat at least twice a year. A writing retreat should be your #1 priority. However, it can often be challenging trying to juggle schedules and make time for a writing retreat, but it is worth it in a million ways.
The average U.S. Writing Retreat is 4-7 days and costs about $1,000.00. And a Writing Retreat outside of the U.S. is usually 7-14 days and costs about $2,000.00 and up depending on the location.
I have created a Mini Writing Retreat for two days on a weekend. It is all day Saturday and Sunday to accommodate your busy schedules. It costs a minimal fee of $149-199, which depends on the location. But you don’t have to attend my writing retreat.
I just want writers to attend any writing retreat. Only because I know for a fact that writing retreats will take your writing to amazing places. If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to go to one and see what happens to your writing!
Thanks for listening to my spin on the subject.
If you are thinking about attending a writing retreat for the first time and have questions, feel free to post them in the comments below. Or if you have been on a writing retreat before, please share your experience with us.