April 25th-May 2nd 2020 Benalmádena , Spain SOLD OUT
May 2nd-May 9th, 2020 Malaga, Spain
Write here. Write now.
The next chapter of your writing journey starts here. Write that story you’ve had inside you for ages. Pick up that project you set aside, or take the one you’ve been working on to the next stage.
Join us for a week of writing master classes in an inspirational setting and make your writing what you want it to be. Learn, craft, write. Create and find your voice. This retreat is an intensive creative experience for those who want to learn more about writing and how to improve on their work. Beginners and experienced writers are welcome.
How Does It Work?
The workshop is led by long time development editor and multi-published author Victoria Villasenor, and multi-published author and photographer, Nicci Robinson. Together, they’ll deliver a two-hour workshop each morning dedicated to a different element of craft, and they’ll provide immediate feedback on quick-writing sessions designed to get your creativity flowing. You’ll spend the afternoon working on the elements we’ve discussed, and we’ll get together late afternoon to talk about what you’ve written and to answer any questions you have about the process or craft. You can work on a new project, or bring along one you already have in progress. Whatever works best for you!
We’ll start out by looking at writing on a broad scale and by the end of the week, we’ll be discussing the next steps to take toward publishing.
Throughout the week, there’s one-to-one coaching and support available, so you have the time to ask questions and get the kind of personal feedback you need to move your writing forward.
And there are a number of great outings planned too! A stroll ending in dinner at the harbour, and a light evening meal at the local taverna are great ways to indulge in the local culture. Last year we even spent an afternoon writing down by the water, taking inspiration from the fabulous local gelato and the dolphins playing just offshore.
If your partner wants to come but isn’t a writer, they’re welcome to join you for a nominal supplement. There’s plenty for them to do—shopping and tavernas or pubs in the local towns, the beach isn’t far away, hiking in the beautiful Andalusian mountains, or a visit to the local castle. Or they can just relax and unwind with a good book! (Maybe even yours!)
A continental breakfast is available each morning, and there’s a nutritious, delicious spread laid out for lunch each day that includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. When you arrive we’ll do a trip to the local market so you can pick up some things to have on hand for dinner on the nights we don’t go out. And there’s always fruit and small nibbles available throughout the day in case you want a little something to keep you going.
Get inspired. Get writing.
To register or for more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The weather in Spain is changeable in April/May, but still sunny and lovely, with an average of 24C/75F. Not too hot, and we often spend the afternoons writing beside the pool or outside our rooms. T-shirts during the day, and maybe a sweatshirt in the evening. It’s a perfect way to shake off winter.
The Writing Retreat Location:
This stunning private luxury villa is in the lovely town of Benalmádena, which is only thirty minutes from Malaga airport. It’s also just a ten minute walk to the beach and a quick drive to the beautiful marina. The rooms are all allocated their own bathrooms, and there are lots of comfortable areas to write, both inside and out! Relax by the private pool, make yourself a meal to eat outside with everyone else in the well-equipped kitchen, and generally just relax and let the quiet surround you.
Plenty of English is spoken in the town, so no need to worry if you don’t know Spanish! The villa is typically Spanish, and we’ve limited the number of participants to keep the intimate nature of the retreat while still allowing for plenty of room to concentrate on your words. We provide breakfast and lunch each day, and you’re free to make dinner in the communal kitchen. We’ll be making trips to Malaga as well as to the beach town of Torre del Mar, where there are some fantastic places to eat.
A few pictures of the villa:
Depending on the amount of attendees, we may be in the same villa as above. Or, if we have fewer people, we may move site to a more intimate house. We’ll update that detail as soon as we’re certain!
“I attended Victoria’s writing workshop after my first novel was published. I was more than halfway into my second novel, but was struggling with structure. After the workshop I completely reworked the manuscript based on what I’d learned. The novel, The Time Before Now, ended up being one of The Lesbian Reviews top 10 books of 2016. Victoria’s seminar helped me gain a sharper understanding of the infrastructure required for crafting a strong story. I highly recommend it.” – Missouri Vaun
Loved my feedback session! I’m always wanting feedback, good or bad, as I feel it the most helpful part of a course. Victoria and Nicci are a well of information. ~Morven
Vic and Nic’s teaching approach suits the way I learn. Non-threatening, sensitive to individuals within the group and professional. Would recommend and repeat this and similar courses. ~Wendy
The #1 thing was the quality of the teaching. The teaching was extremely skilful. ~Jan
Their teaching approach was very warm and open. I always felt comfortable sharing ideas and reading work, which isn’t always the case in a writing group. The course felt flexible, so that if another topic arises, more time can be spent on it. Would definitely recommend the course and would love to continue to learn more from Victoria and Nicci. The course has been a great help. ~Natalie
Some photos of our two weeks in 2019: