Write your book in Curacao2018-10-15T05:13:38+00:00

Write your book in one week

March 5-11 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.

Private room – Early Bird €2100 (normal price €2400 )

Shared room –  Early Bird €1900 p.p. (normal price €2100 p.p.)

Local deal (all workshops plus 2 hours 1 on 1 guidance on your book)- early bird NAF 1000 (normal price NAF 1300)

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“Just being close to Esther makes you believe in yourself. She shares her knowledge with energy, enthusiasm and humor.”

Barbara Sevenstern

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.

  1. Start at the end: the back cover
  2. Outlining and structuring your book before you start writing
  3. Get your cover designed while you are writing
  4. Pro tips for the writing process
  5. Self publishing and Amazon tips
  6. Start selling your book before it’s ready
  7. 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.

Language

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.

Our villa

We have rented a private villa, only 30 mins from the airport and walking distance from the sea. There’s a swimming pool, lounge area, kitchen, BBQ area, even a pool/game room 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.

Combo deal? Want to stay an extra week for ‘Boost your Business’? Ask for the special combo deal.

See you there? 7 days of workshops, personal guidance, inspiration and pampering.

About Esther

I am (co)author of 25 books and have helped about 400 entrepreneurs write and publish theirs.

I will be delighted to contribute my experience and some practical tips

Tuesday 5 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!

Wednesday 6 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.

Thursday 7 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).

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.

Friday 8 March

Individual writing with a themed workshop around lunch time about “self publishing or looking for a publisher?”

A special evening awaits as we take a day tour around historic and trendy Pietermaai, followed by a Tango demonstration and lesson and dinner at Mundo Bizarro.

Saturday 9 March

Individual writing and a lunch theme workshop ‘how do you promote your book?’

At the end of the day we’ll take in the ruins of Fort Beekenburg and the Quarantine House and possibly even a sunset swim at Caracas Bay. Dinner on the beach at Pop’s place.

Sunday 10 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.

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

Departure day for our visitors from NL and arrival day for the participants for the Boost you Business program. 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.”
Anneke Veenendaal

“And then, all of a sudden, there was a second book!”
Nienke Bloem

“The publisher said ‘yes’ after Esther helped me with my back cover!”
Jolanda Pikaart

“I also learned a lot about social media.”
Nicole Bekking

“I learned a lot and became very inspired, even infected, by Esther’s energy and confidence.”
Inge Vuijk

“It’s not about the book. It’s about the writing: organizing, processing. I found my voice…”
Selma van der Heiden

Check more reviews and testimonials

Travel Information

If you decide quickly, you can get a return ticket to Curacao from the Netherlands for less than € 500 via the KLM world deal and TUI offers.

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 5 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.

Private writing workshop

Is the date for the writing week not good for you? We can also organise a private writing week. You determine where, when, how many (and with whom) you get some personal assistance from Esther. Everything is possible. More info?

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