• Writing retreats

    Break away from daily commitments & distractions and kickstart your writing project!

    Writing retreat creates a productive framework that enables participants to dive deeply into their writing project and bring it forward in leaps and bounds.

    A remote unfamiliar location is best for a writing retreat: it disrupts the usual (unproductive) routines and opens a window for sustainable change. However, a writing retreat can also be conducted at participants’ institution. Protected writing time and a group dedicated to a shared goal create optimal conditions for focused work with fast progress.

    Daily program consists of scheduled writing periods, alternated with time for rest & physical activities, and rounded off by sessions for reflection & planning. Individual consultations and a workshop on writing productivity optimally complement the program.


    Main elements of a productive writing retreat:

    • structured writing time with regular breaks with the possibility to work according to the Pomodoro technique (25 min focused work + 5 min power break)
    • mini-workshops and discussions on topics according to participants’ wishes
    • individual consultations with text feedback for all participants

    Suggested daily schedule

    Time Activity
    9:00 — 9:15 Warm-up session with freewriting
    9:15 — 10:30 Writing time*
    10:30 — 11:00 Coffee break
    11:00 — 12:30 Writing time*
    12:30 — 13:30 Lunch break
    13:30 — 15:00 Writing time*
    15:00 — 15:30 Coffee break
    15:30 — 16:00 Mini-workshop or discussion
    16:00 — 16:45 Writing time*
    16:45 — 17:00 Closing round

    *Parallel 30-min trainer feedback sessions (esp. in the afternoon) or trainer reading & feedbacking participants’ texts (esp. in the morning).

    Retreat program and schedule can be adapted to the needs of participants and/or organizers.