My weekend writers’ retreats (run with Maddie Lama Sjatil) are a chance to get back in touch with your inner writer. And spend time stoking the creative flames, alongside like-minded people. The retreats are a mixture of practical talks and workshops, walking and writing, private writing time, personal coaching and powerful intention setting. You’ll see that you’re not alone and that all writers struggle with the same discouraging thoughts and issues. What we do to overcome these, and how we do this, is what matters.
It’s all about grace, humour, compassion and understanding.
The next retreat, from 26-28 April 2019, in Trysil, Norway is sold out.
The plan for the weekend
Arrival from 18:00 and settling in
19:00 – 20:00 - Informal dinner
20:00 – 21:00 – OPENING CIRCLE: Focusing on mindset matters, goal setting, and our intentions for the weekend. Plus, a task to do 20 minutes of morning pages when you wake up on Saturday morning.
09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast and check-in for the day
10:00 – 10:45 SESSION 1: Writing for creative self-expression
10:45 – 11:00 – Break
11:00 – 12.30 – SESSION 2: Platforms for publishing – all the different ways to get your work out there / How to re-use and re-purpose work / Pitching for guest posts / Securing a column / Establishing yourself as an influencer in your field (suitable for both fiction and non-fiction writers)
12.30 – 13:30 – LUNCH
13:30 – 15:00 – SESSION 3: Pitching to publishers – How to network with publishers and agents / Writing query letters / Competitions / Dos and Don’ts / How to get publisher ready – i.e. how do you know you’re ready for a book deal? (suitable for both fiction and non-fiction writers)
15:00 – 15:30 – Break
15:30 – 16:30 – SESSION 4: Walking and writing
16:30 – 17:00 – Hot chocolate break (to get snug and relaxed after walking)
17:00 – 19:00 – PRIVATE WRITING TIME (plus 10-minute personal consultations with Greta)
19:00 – 20:00 – Informal dinner
21:00 onwards – Private time (and a reminder to complete 20 minutes of morning pages the next day)
09:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast and check-in for the day.
10:00 – 11:00 – SESSION 5: The writing lifestyle – The nuts and bolts of writing and the creative process / breaking writer’s block / implementing good writing habits / getting work done / creating time where there is no time
11:00 – 11:15 – Break
11.15 – 12:00 – CLOSING CIRCLE: Sharing writing, intentions, lessons, goals and aha moments
12:00 – 13:00 – Informal lunch and farewells
Walking and writing is a transformational practice, and a key component of the writers’ retreats
The last retreat (co-hosted with fellow writer Maddie Lama Sjåtil) took place in Trysil, Norway, at Maddie’s luxury cabin. The walking trails are beautiful there!