Write your book in one week
March 6-12 2019, Curaçao
Join me on the Dutch-Caribbean island of Curaçao to write your book. Grant yourself one week to realize that long sought-after dream. Whatever stage your book is at (half-an-idea or half-finished) you will leave Curacao with a much improved or even final version.
Work -and focus- together with others who face the same challenge. Get practical tips, feedback and inspiration from someone who’s (co)authored 25 books and has helped over 400 entrepreneurs write and publish theirs.
And as a nice bonus, get a taste of life in Curacao and -for those escaping the European winter- a week of sunshine… It’s the perfect ‘working vacation’… The trip is tax deductible and results are guaranteed.
“Just being close to Esther makes you believe in yourself. She shares her knowledge with energy, enthusiasm and humor.”
Private room – €2400
Shared room – €2100 p.p.
Local deal (all workshops plus 2 hours 1 on 1 guidance on your book) – NAF 1300
7 days to your book
We start each day with an interactive workshop on a particular theme. This proven setup will help you get though the creation / structuring / writing / promotion / publishing process in logical steps that address everything, so you don’t have to go back and change things later.
- Start at the end: the back cover
- Outlining and structuring your book before you start writing
- Get your cover designed while you are writing
- Pro tips for the writing process
- Self publishing and Amazon tips
- Start selling your book before it’s ready
- Promotion and launch ideas
Breakfast and lunch will be served in the villa. Dinner will be combined with an excursion or activity, so you have the optimal combination of writing time and getting to know the island.
Depending on the participants, the workshops will be done in Dutch or English. You can write in the language you feel most comfortable with. Individual guidance is in the language of your choice. Esther also speaks German, French, Spanish and Portuguese and has a basic understanding of Papiamentu.
We will stay at beautiful Landhuis Jan Thiel, a boutique hotel in a centuries old plantation house on top of a hill, with great views. It is only 30 mins from the airport and close to the sea. There’s a swimming pool, lounge area, kitchen and lots of space inside and outside to write and relax. The central workspace will provide writing inspiration, focus, good internet and there’s is always somebody to help you out when you get stuck. You can also write in one of the beach clubs nearby of you prefer.
Details and registration
For whom? For everyone who wants to make good progress on their book in an inspiring city.
See you there? 7 days of workshops, personal guidance, inspiration and pampering.
I will be delighted to contribute my experience and some practical tips
Wednesday 6 March
Guests arrive. You could take a swim in the ocean or relax before a simple dinner at home. We’ll probably have an early night to accommodate those with jet lag and travel fatigue.
Thursday 7 March
Early breakfast for those staying at the Villa
We’ll all introduce ourselves and our book ideas so that those from abroad and those from the island can get to know each other.
1st workshop: Writing the back cover. We discover why this is so important and why you need to do this. Then for the rest of the day we’ll work on our books, interspersed with a cooling dip in the pool. Esther will provide 1 on 1 guidance and we’ll get together for group feedback on our back covers.
We’ll finish the day at the lovely Jan Thiel beach with a pizza picnic, enjoying dinner while we take in the sunset.
Friday 8 March
After breakfast there will be a workshop on structuring your book, as well as some useful tips and tools for writing your book. The rest of the day we will continue to work on our back covers, introduction and the structure of our book. (accompanied by lots of 1 on 1 guidance).
Saturday 9 March
Individual writing with a themed workshop around lunch time about “self publishing or looking for a publisher?”
We’ll finish the day with a walk at St Joris Bay, to watch the kite-surfing and an enjoy an exclusive BBQ in the ‘village’ that the windsurfers have build of wreckage and driftwood.
Sunday 10 March
Individual writing and a lunch theme workshop ‘how do you promote your book?’
Possible a trip on a private yacht to a deserted bay, with a BBQ on board.
Optional: 5pm tango dancing at Lions Dive’s Cuban evening.
Monday 11 March
Our last writing day includes a Q & A session at lunchtime and an official dinner in the evening. This festive dinner will include a short reading by each author of a part of their book.
Tuesday 12 March
Departure day for our visitors from NL. Your luggage can be stored at the villa if you would like to spend the day writing or swimming.
“I came here with a great idea, but I was stuck. To really turn it into reality I needed Esther. Sharp, creative and practical.”
“And then, all of a sudden, there was a second book!”
“The publisher said ‘yes’ after Esther helped me with my back cover!”
“I also learned a lot about social media.”
“I learned a lot and became very inspired, even infected, by Esther’s energy and confidence.”
“It’s not about the book. It’s about the writing: organizing, processing. I found my voice…”
Selma van der Heiden
If you decide quickly, you can get a return ticket to Curacao from the Netherlands for less than € 500 via the KLM ‘wereld deal weken’ and TUI offers. Skyscanner and other platforms help you get to Curaçao from other parts of the world.
If more people arrive on the same flights, a taxi can be shared from the airport, reducing costs. The Writing Week starts the evening of March 6 with a dinner and introduction to all writers. Maybe a swim in the sea and then an early night for the people who arrive from the Netherlands that day. If you take another flight, or are already on the island, are please be sure that you are in the villa around 7 pm.
Writing your book is easier than you think!
Are you serious about writing your book? Writing and (self)publishing your book is easier than you think. Here are some more options to get you on track with your writing and publishing:
Free resources – Find inspiration and tips in my blogs.
Read the book – Learn the 7 step approach, with lots of tips and examples, in my (recently updated) guide ‘Write your book in 1 week’
eCourse – Learn the 7 step approach in my eCourse ‘How to write a book in 1 week’. It builds on the concepts in the book and is presented in with lots of examples and exercises on writing, promotion and self-publishing of your book on Amazon.
Writing retreats – Spend one week in an exotic environment with other writers. Attend a different workshop every day to help you progress with your book. Get personal guidance and feedback. Join one of my writing retreats this year in Curaçao, Greece, Mallorca and Thailand.
Results – My method really works: check out the books my clients have already published
More info – See all the details of workshops, retreats and eCourses
5 most important tips – Check out my 5 most important tips for writing your book in this video: