Writing retreats – Write your book

An all-inclusive week to focus on your book, offered at several different writing retreats

You are invited to join me at one of my favorite places in the world, to lay the foundation for your book. My writing retreats in Europe (Mallorca, The French Alps), Curaçao (Dutch Caribbean) or Koh Phangan (Thailand) are the ideal locations to give your book for a whole week the priority and attention it deserves. A getaway without distractions, time for pure focus − learn how to write a book and finish your book.

The program comprises:

  • 1 week with daily writing workshops in a relaxed setting
  • personal writing guidance, luxury accommodation
  • food and drink included
  • plenty of time to unwind
  • meeting other writers
  • choice of various writing retreat destinations (excl. flight ticket)
  • A ‘workation’ that is also tax-deductible.
This is what you get
Writing Retreats

Writing Retreat Destinations

Curacao

March 23 – 31st

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Mallorca

Write your book in Mallorca

May 24 – 31st

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The French Alps

October 9-16th

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Work from home

write-your-book-in-one-week from home

Anytime you want

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Writing retreat program

Combination of writing workshops and time for yourself

The writing workshop is structured so that each day has a theme; you will gain valuable information that you can apply right away on how to write a book. We start each day by giving writing tips for about an hour.

You will learn how to write a book and have it published, and we help you with promoting your book. The rest of the day everyone works individually on their writing project, interspersed with a refreshing dip in the pool/sea. You may have 1-on-1 writing coaching from Esther whenever you need it. At the end of each day, we will take an excursion and have dinner at a special restaurant.

Writing Retreats

Writing workshops and themes

Day 1 – Welcome dinner at which all writers introduce themselves and share their book ideas. Explanation of the week and the program and selection of the excursions.

Day 2 – Write your back cover workshop. Why is this page so important, and how do you compose it?

Day 3 – Workshop on structure, outlining, and the writing process. Bonus: tips for useful writing software.

Day 4 – Workshop ‘everything you have always wanted to know about (self) publishing’, investment, prices, royalties, etc. What does a publisher pay attention to? Print or digital? In Mallorca and the French Alps, my publisher and ‘publishing guru’ comes along. During the other writing retreats, he answers all your questions about publishing and self-publishing during a video call.

Day 5 – Workshop on how to promote your book. Advice on how to do this in your own way, without being too ‘pushy’. Many practical examples of social media promotion.

Day 6 –  Q&A session for all remaining questions.

Day 7 – On the last evening, there is an official closing with a celebration dinner, at which everyone reads a few pages from their book.

Day 8 – On the last day you are welcome to continue writing; however, there is no workshop or guidance. Some retreats have an extra day, with a theme chosen by the group.

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Fully catered writing holiday

All inclusive

My writing weeks are super complete, so you don’t have to worry about anything. You don’t have to organize or manage any of the details once you arrive − you can fully focus on writing your book. Everything is included − beautiful rooms, delicious meals, daily workshops, personal writing mentoring, and even the excursions. After more than 20 successful writing retreats, I know exactly what you need and I always over-deliver!

Writing workshops and 1-on-1 writing mentoring

Every morning there is a writing workshop on the theme of the day. The rest of the day you have time to write your book, and you can request personal writing mentoring with me. If you are stuck for a moment or need feedback, there is always someone who will read and brainstorm with you.

Writing retreat with a holiday feeling

You can also write your book in the lovely garden, under the fruit trees (Mallorca) or palm trees (Curacao and Thailand), by the pool (Curacao) or by the sea (Thailand and Curaçao), on a terrace in the village (Mallorca), in the garden (French Alps), or in one of the cozy corners of the beautiful house.

Private room

Participants all have their own rooms, so you can withdraw if you have writing inspiration, or if the common areas are too ‘inspirational’.

Participate in unique excursions

At the end of each day, we take a mini-excursion that coincides with a meal at a special restaurant. This way we do not lose valuable (writing) time, while still exploring the essence of the island or the mountains.

write-your-book-in-one-week with a group of amazing people

Food and drinks are included

Breakfast (homemade) and lunch (catered) are provided in the house so that you can continue working on your book without distractions. Dinner is integrated as much as possible with activities, such as a walk or excursion (different per location − more info on the individual destination pages). This combination gives you much more writing time, while also giving you a feel for the location. It will not just be the best writing retreat but a perfect ‘working holiday’.

Including (own) transport during your stay

In Curaçao and Mallorca, we have cars for transportation. In Thailand, a scooter is included in your package. In the French Alps, we pick you up from the station and take care of all transport in the mountains.

Your only additional expenses are your travel to the island/Alps and any extras such as souvenirs or drinks that are not on the program.

The price of a writing retreat varies from € 1,250 to € 4,500. View the writing retreat locations of your choice for specific information, dates, prices, and the availability of the special early bird offers.

Esther Reinders

“The most difficult things, those I had to really think about, I did during the writing week. The rest I can easily do at home.”

Esther Reinders

Geert Kamps

“At home, I would have quit. Here I worked through all those difficult moments.”

Geert Kamps

Who is this writing retreat for?

The writing retreat always draws a mix of interesting people. The youngest participant ever was just 15 and the oldest was 86. Managers, CEOs, digital nomads, entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants, stay-at-home moms, students, and retirees; everyone has a special story that they would like to share.  Together we create a special environment of focused energy.

One thing we have in common is that we all want to focus on writing our book (or another big writing project) for a week.

write-your-book-in-one-week with Esther Jacobs

To ensure personal attention for everyone, we keep the group size small (maximum 10 people), just as during the previous successful writing retreats in Curaçao, Austria, Greece, Thailand, and Mallorca.

You can take part in this writing retreat regardless of:

  • It could be that you are writing a book for the first time or writing an additional book
  • Suitable for those wanting to learn how to start writing a book for beginners, or for more advanced writers wanting more writing mentorship
  • For those looking for book-writing tips for beginners, or wanting to fine-tune your idea
  • If you are mid-way through your book project and want to make significant progress
  • You are almost finished and want to work on publishing your book, or launching and promoting your book
  • Fiction and non-fiction: Whether you want to write a novel, a children’s book, a management book, or an autobiography
  • You can come by yourself, with a friend or with your partner. How about sharing the retreat with your writer friend, or illustrator?

Some writers join to receive guidance, others for a week of focus and rest to work on their project.

During previous writing weeks, some participants have chosen to work on their website, an e-course, a screenplay, a software package, or other large (writing) project.

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Language

The writing workshops will be in English. You can write in the language that feels most natural to you. Individual writing mentorship is in the language of your choice. Besides Dutch and English, I have a good enough understanding to help you in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Afrikaans, and Papiamentu.

In trusted hands

After writing more than 30 books, coaching hundreds of writers, and organizing more than 20 writing retreats, I know exactly what you need to ‘birth’ your book. My superpower is that I can get to the essence very quickly. I have been an entrepreneur for almost 30 years and have given more than 1000 keynote speeches, which means that I can help you with your content on a wide range of topics.

anneke-veenendaal

“I came here with a great idea. I was stuck. To really turn it into reality I needed Esther. Sharp, creative, and practical.”

Anneke Veenendaal

Writing holiday with real results

Allow yourself to bring that long-cherished dream to life, in 7 days. Enjoy the sun, feel pampered with good food, and be surrounded by interesting people. You will also learn how to write a book in 7 days with practical tips in the daily writers’ workshops, personal feedback, and mentoring. Working with like-minded fellow writers generates energy and provides inspiration. At our writing getaways, you will experience a relaxed life in a magical, special location, in the best place for a writers’ retreat, from sunny islands to the French Alps.

write-your-book-in-one-week with Esther Jacobs

Inspiration and examples

A few ideas on what you can achieve during such a writing retreat:

Do you already have content, such as a collection of short stories or blogs? You could easily turn these into a book.

Do you have structure and content, such as a presentation, training, or e-course? You can create a give-away or e-book in just one week and possibly initiate a more comprehensive book.

Are you already working on a document? Then this week will provide you with focus time to make good progress. Of course, you’ll also gain feedback and inspiration, answers to your questions, plus information about publishing and promotion.

Many writers choose to make all the decisions and to achieve all the difficult parts of the process during the retreat. Thereafter there are no more surprises, and the groundwork is laid for a smooth and enjoyable writing process back home.

If you don’t have any material yet, if your idea is a bit vague, if your subject is more complicated, more extensive, or more emotional, you will need more time. In this case, we will work mainly on your back cover and the structure of your book.

The time you spend preparing will pay off as you complete the writing and publishing process. Even if that’s all you do during your writing week, it’s still worth it. It will make the creative process, the actual writing, much easier to combine with your daily life back home.

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