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.
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 workshop each morning dedicated to a different element of craft, as well as immediate feedback on quick-writing sessions designed to get your creativity flowing. We’ll start 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. Breakfast and a gourmet light lunch are provided each day as well.
Throughout the week there’s one-to-on coaching and support available. And there are a number of great outings planned too! A stroll ending in dinner at the harbour in Malaga, and a light evening meal at the local taverna in Benamocarra are great ways to indulge in the local culture.
Optional good stuff
If you’re interested in photography, Nicci would be happy to provide tutorials during the week. And if you’d rather just relax, there’s a wonderful masseuse available for bookings. *cost not included
And, 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 not far away, or hiking in the beautiful Andalusian mountains. Or they can just relax and unwind poolside with a good book! (Maybe even yours!)
Writers sharing a room with other writers will pay a discounted price—so bring a fellow scribe!
The Retreat Package includes:
- Accommodation in a gorgeous individual room (all ensuite)
- Breakfast and a light lunch each day
- Daily workshops and critiques, including handouts and writing packs
- One-to-one sessions offering personalized writing feedback
- Outings to some beautiful local locations
Get inspired. Get writing.
The weather in Spain is changeable, but still sunny and lovely. Not too hot, 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 put off winter just a little longer!
Bambu Resort is located in Benamocarra, a beautiful little Spanish village in the foothills above Malaga. Its secluded, quiet location at the top of a hill means that having a car is a good idea if you want to leave the resort to wander in Malaga or along the coast at any point (Malaga is approximately a twenty minute drive from the resort). We’ll have transport available for the outings, though, so if you’re happy to wander when we go as a group, then you may not need a car after all. Each studio at Bambu is self-catering. They’ve got a fridge and hob in every room, as well as all the little comforts like kettles and toasters. A continental breakfast is served in the communal kitchen, and lunch is served on the terrace. There’s a beautiful, massive, brick table by the pool we often congregate at in the evenings, sharing meals and laughter after the sun goes down.
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 my 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