The Magic of Attending a Writers Retreat

 

When we move out of the familiar, we set in motion a series of events that, taken together, bring about changes at the very root of our being.”   ~Joseph Dispenza

Attending a writers retreat is taking time away from your normal life and going to a more relaxed environment to unwind and refocus. Magical is the word used to describe retreats.

The next time I plan for a writers retreat, it will be in Kenya at the Masai Mara National Park in one of the lovely hotels. I hope many authors will attend.  A well-organised writers retreat program will heal your spirit, leaving you rejuvenated with a new focus on your career.

Writing retreats are not new, they have simply taken on a new purpose.  Some retreats are pricey while others cost almost nothing. As a writer, you will do well to attend a writers retreat to boost your creativity and get new ideas.

How do you choose where to go for the retreat?

What kind of place inspires you? Is it in the mountains or near the ocean? Is it during colder temperatures like snow?

Where you choose should be far removed from your normal schedule and life; a place that encourages you to write, and to relax, and is free from distractions.

Before you decide on a place, find out the services they offer.
Not all retreats provide meals; others leave it to the residents to cook for themselves. Ask if they offer massages, excursions, swimming pools, and gyms to facilitate you to unwind?

Plan and decide on your goals for the retreat
It is wise to decide what your focus will be during the retreat. Set goals you wish to accomplish while there.
Are your goals putting together a manuscript or completing your novel?
You can plan to write a certain number of chapters or word count. You could also write your manuscript or edit it.
Planning your retreat ahead is crucial for time management purposes.

 

Attend as a group

Going as a group of writers will get you a discount package. Aside from that, everyone will help in keeping each other accountable.

 

What to avoid

Avoid retreats by coaches that promise more than they can offer like; “you will write the next 50 Shades of Grey in three Days!” It’s easy to get carried away by glamorous promises. However, disappointment will most surely be the outcome.
Make sure you are getting value for your money. Seek reviews from other writers on the places that have caught your interest. Do your background check.

 

 

Daily Timetable
If you are attending with a group of writer friends, come up with a timetable.
Here is an example of one:
8 am: Breakfast
Since meals are served in the common area, it is an ideal time to interact with other writers.
9 am – 1 pm: Morning Writing
Find a spot for your morning writing.
1 pm: Lunch
Avoid heavy foods to prevent a sleepy afternoon and not get any writing done; especially fried and super-greasy foods.

2 pm – 5 pm:  Afternoon Writing
Use this time to meet your writing goals or word target for the day; it is your last mile.

5 pm -6 pm:  Rest, Meditate or Pray.
Having some quiet time is crucial to unwind. It helps you relax and energizes you.

6 pm – 7 pm:  Discussion time
The team can use this time to discuss their goals. Also, brainstorm on new ideas and answer each other’s questions. In the company of other writers, sharing can bring solutions to former writer’s block.

7 pm – 9 pm:  Cocktails and dinner
Treat yourself and enjoy your evening meal. You could listen to music and just relax. You deserve a treat after a hard days work.
When the day is over, sleep in your comfortable bed and don’t stay up too late. Early to bed means early to rise and remember, breakfast is at 8 am.

 

Author coaches

Experts and writing coaches are available at the best writing retreats to provide feedback and steer you in the right direction. A good coach will save you time and money by helping you avoid expensive mistakes.

Writers tend to live recluse lives; these retreats offer a chance to socialize with like-minded people.
Living with and interacting with other writers develops intimate communities of writers, enriching their lives for years to come.

Writers retreats are magical and inspirational. Not only will you be reinvigorated, but also energized, and get a new perspective on your writing project.

 

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10 thoughts on “The Magic of Attending a Writers Retreat”

  1. Thanks Joy

    This is awesome.

    I would love to one day go for such a retreat. But not to write, just to relax, connect with other writers and enjoy.

    Thanks and stay blessed.

    1. So True Walter,
      You are welcome to come to such a retreat & simply relax.
      Writers work hard. Relaxing & Connecting would be wonderful.
      That’s an idea for my next retreat!

  2. Like Walter up there, I would love to go for a retreat just to interact with others, have fun (like swimming, lazing around, watching the sunset, playing/ hiking, etc.), and just unwind.

    A getaway – I am taking alone every weekend of this month. But when you plan for one with other freelancers, kindly let me know

    1. Maggie.
      So happy to learn you are taking a getaway every weekend. It is so important to unwind.
      It energizes you and keeps you creative. You are most welcome when I have the retreat.

  3. This awesome. It is one best way of networking…looking forward to such an event, would attend without a second thought. More so with the affirmation of meeting the experienced and advanced writers.
    Perhaps you should organise one and fit us in…

    1. Thanks for your kind words Moti. You are most certainly invited when I organize the event.
      We will have a lot to share and learn from one another.

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