An all-inclusive week of focus on your book, on a magical island
You are invited to join me on one of my favorite islands, to lay the foundation for your book. My writing retreats in Mallorca, Koh Phangan (Thailand), or Curaçao (Dutch Caribbean) are the ideal opportunities to give your book the priority and attention it deserves, for a whole week. A getaway without distractions, time for pure focus. A ‘workation’ that is also tax-deductible.
Grant yourself a week to bring that long-cherished dream to life. Enjoy the sun, feel pampered with good food and be surrounded by interesting people. You will also get loads of practical tips in the daily workshops, plus personal feedback and guidance. Working with like minded fellow writers generates energy and provides inspiration. You’ll also get a taste of the relaxed life on a magical, sunny island…
“Highly recommended for people who can’t find the time in their hectic, everyday life to focus entirely on one thing.”
“It is energising to all work on the same goal; something we have always wanted to…”
Brenda van Dijk
What results can you expect?
Whatever stage your book is at, whether it is just an idea or half-finished, you will return from the sunny island with a much improved/expanded version. During the previous 20 writing weeks I have helped hundreds of CEOs, entrepreneurs, and other (aspiring) writers get their book started, improve their concept, finish the manuscript or even write a whole book in just one week.
Some ideas of what you can achieve during the 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.
If you don’t have any material yet, if your idea is a bit vaguer, if your subject is more complicated, more extensive or more emotional, you will need more time. In this case, we will mainly work 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.
Are you already working on a document? Then this week will provide you with focus on time to make quite some progress. Of course you’ll also get feedback and inspiration, answers to your questions, plus information about publishing and promotion.
Many writers choose to make all the decisions and get all the difficult parts of the process done during the retreat. Then there are no more surprises and the groundwork is laid for a smooth and enjoyable writing process back home.
“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.”
“At home, I would have quit. Here I worked through all those difficult moments.”
Who is this for?
The 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 our book (or another big writing project) for a week.
It could be your first book or your next book…
Suitable at any stage of your book-writing process:
- If you are just starting your book and want to finetune 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 your publishing, launch and promotion
Fiction and non-fiction: Whether you want to write a novel, 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 writing buddy, VA or illustrator?
Some writers join to get guidance, others for a week of focus and rest to work on their project.
During previous writing weeks, some participants chose to work on their website, an e-course, screenplay, software package, or other large (writing) project.
To ensure personal attention for everyone, we keep the group size small (maximum 10 people), just like during the previous successful writing weeks in Curaçao, Austria, Greece, Thailand, and Mallorca.
“I came here with a great idea. I was stuck. To really turn it into reality I needed Esther. Sharp, creative, and practical.”
The writing week is structured so that each day has a theme; you will get valuable information that you can apply right away. We start each day with a workshop of about an hour about writing, publishing or 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 get 1 on 1 personal guidance from Esther when you need it. At the end of each day, we will go on an excursion and have dinner in a special restaurant.
Breakfast (homemade) and lunch (catering) are provided in the house so that you can continue working without distractions. Dinner is integrated as much as possible with activities, such as a walk or excursion (different per island, more info on the individual island pages). This combination gives you a lot of writing time, while also getting a feel for the the island. The perfect ‘working holiday’ …
Workshops and themes
- Welcome dinner where all writers introduce themselves and share their book ideas. Explanation of the week and the program and selection of the excursions
- Write your back cover workshop. Why is this page so important and how do you compose it?
- Workshop about structure, outlining, and the writing process. Bonus: tips for useful writing software.
- 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, 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.
- How to promote your book workshop. Advice on how to do this in your own way, without being too ‘pushy’. Many practical examples of social media promotion.
- Q&A session for all remaining questions.
- The last evening there is an official closing with a celebration dinner, where everyone reads a few pages from their book.
- The last day you are welcome to continue writing, but there is no workshop or guidance. Some retreats have an extra day, with a theme chosen by the group.
“Esther is my third coach. What I like best is that she doesn’t waste any time.
She gets right to the point and gives valuable information in an easy to understand format.”
Kim Rogers, auteur van My heart for Guatemala
Depending on the participants, the workshops will be in Dutch or English. You can write in the language that feels most natural to you.
Individual guidance 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.
After writing more than 30 books, coaching hundreds of writers, and organizing 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.
“Esther gave me structure and confidence that the writing process would actually end!”
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, so you can fully focus on your book. Everything is included; beautiful rooms, delicious meals, daily workshops, personal guidance and even the excursions. After 20 successful writing weeks, I know exactly what you need. I always over-deliver!
Each participant has their own room, so you can withdraw if you have writing inspiration, or if the common areas are too ‘inspirational’…
You can also write 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), or in one of the cozy corners in the beautiful house.
Every morning there is a workshop on the theme of the day. The rest of the day you have time to write and you can request 1 on 1 guidance with me. If you are stuck for a moment or need feedback, there is always someone who will read and brainstorm with you.
At the end of each day we take a mini-excursion that coincides with a meal in a special restaurant, so that we do not lose valuable (writing) time and still explore the essence of the island.
In Curaçao and Mallorca, we have cars for transportation. In Thailand, a scooter is included in your package.
Your only additional expenses are your travel to the island and any extras such as souvenirs or drinks that are not in the program.
The price of a week-long writing retreat varies from €1250 to €3500.
Click below on the island of your choice for specific information, dates, prices, and the availability of the special early bird offers.
“Just being close to Esther makes you believe in yourself.
She shares her knowledge with energy, enthusiasm, and humor. Love it!”