Writing retreats

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

Protected writing time and a group dedicated to a shared goal create optimal conditions for focused work with fast progress.

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.


Main elements of a productive writing retreat:

  • structured writing time with regular breaks and the possibility to work according to the Pomodoro technique
  • mini-workshops and discussions on topics according to participants’ wishes
  • individual consultations with text feedback for all participants
  • yoga sessions with the trainer [optional]

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.