Write your book in one week2018-10-15T11:27:25+00:00

Write your book in one week

Oct 2019, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Join me in Chiang Mai 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 Chiang Mai with a much improved version, a clear book idea, a back cover, an outline, possibly a designed cover or even the final version of your book.
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 Chiang Mai 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.

Price: €750

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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

1 week to focus on your book

Many people would like to write a book, few actually do it, even less finish it and only very few publish their book. The biggest mistake is to just start writing: it will feel good at first, but at some point you’ll get stuck and have to go back and re-write a part. That is when most people stop: re-writing is not fun.

My approach is to start with the back cover of your book: this is a summary, marketing material, a promise to your readers. It helps you to define what your book is really about, how you are going to structure it and what you will deliver, for whom. The back cover leads to the outline, and we’ll spend quite some time outlining; until everything feels complete, in the right place and ready to go. Even if you spend 4 out of those 7 days on your back cover and outline, this is time spend wisely, helping you tremendously in your writing process further on.


We start each day at 10.30AM 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

After the workshop it’s up to you: you decide your working times, lunch break and social time. Most people stay in the central work space, because we create a wonderful ‘focus’ energy there and help each other through the creation process hick-ups.

During the afternoon you can book a 1 on 1 appointment with me to go over your book idea, back cover and outline.

At 6.30PM we’ll have a short check-in to see where everybody stands and to plan the next day.

One central space, lots of freedom

We have a central workspace with super fast internet, overlooking the pool and mountains. It is in Green Hill Place, a central location in bustling Chiang Mai (5 minutes from Maya Mall), and provides a quiet space for our daily workshops and to focus, learn and work.

Unlike like the previous 10 writing weeks (Curaçao, Austria and Mallorca), you take care of your own accommodation and food (of course, guidance is provided if needed), so you pay only for the workshops, workspace, personal guidance and group experience. This way, you can stay where you like and decide on your own menu.You can also write in one of the many coffeeshops in the area. The central workspace will provide writing inspiration, focus, good internet and there’s is always somebody to help you out when you get stuck.

Details and registration

Accommodation, food and tickets are at your own expense. Rooms in Chiang Mai can be found for as low as €15 a day, or €500 a month. If you want to stay at the resort where we have the meeting room, please let me know and I can help you secure a good room. You can get a full meal for $1.50 in the food court of the mall, at the night markets or street stalls. There are also many restaurants, bars and cafe’s in the Nimman area. You can get around on foot, but some people like to rent a scooter to explore the area.

For whom? For everyone who wants to make good progress on their book in an inspiring city.

Combo deal? Combo deal? If you want to continue working on your book after the retreat, you can rent a room for a month. The last two weeks of October there is an awesome productivity sprint called ‘Get Shit Done‘ which will be held in the same resort/workspace. This might be a great boost to get your final work and promo done. Let me know if you are interested and we can set you up for a ‘combo deal’…

See you there?  One week of book-writing, promotion and publishing workshops, personal guidance, a central workspace with fast internet and like- minded people to focus with.
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About Esther

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

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

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

“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

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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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