Writing Retreats

IMG_9170Which type of Writing Retreat is right for you?

Sometimes is seems like everything in our daily lives can get in the way of our writing time. Work, play, family, travel, and a million other things can conspire to push our reading, writing and editing time further and further away. So occasionally we need to step out of our daily lives and make a specific, immersive, dedicated time to focus on our work. Writing retreats are gifts writers give themselves, investments in moving their writing work and their projects forward.  So for writers who are looking for a serious jump-start, a writing experience that is more intensive than just a class, a Writing Retreat might be just what you need.  These retreats are a chance to step away from your busy life and to settle down and focus exclusively on your writing for a long weekend, a week or 10 days.

We offer three different types of Writing Retreats:

Annual Writing Retreats

Annual retreats are taught in the heart of some of the Guild’s strongest communities, all retreats are open to any interested writer.

IMG_2631Beach Writing Weekend Retreat in Fenwick, DEL

November 8-11, 2019

In November we offer a 4-day weekend retreat in the quiet of the small Atlantic beach town of Fenwick Island Delaware. The beach is empty in November and the Delaware coast is a beautiful quiet spot to dig down into some writing. Writers stay in rental houses or apts in the Fenwick/Rehoboth/Bethany Beach area. The theme for the 2019 retreat is “Magic, Mapping and Mythology”. Together we will discuss the life cycle of a text; from the magic of ideas to the way that memory and lived experience can inspire and inform a text, to the momentum required to edit, shape, finish and publish one. The retreat includes daily class sessions and a class salon. Tuition is $550 and registration is limited. To see more information on the DEL Beach Retreat, click here.


IMG_1107January Projects Weekend Retreat in Houston, TX

January 10-13, 2020

In January we offer a 4-day weekend retreat in the vibrant city of Houston, TX, designed to get your new year started with a strong and organized leap into your writing life. As the new year begins it’s a great time to take a deep breath and pull that on-going writing project or idea back up onto your desk and dig in. Let’s make this the year you bring it to life!! This writing intensive in hosted at Spectrum Center and includes daily class sessions, one private meeting with Max and a dedicated desk space set up in the Spectrum Center office suite for each writer to work, in case they need a place outside of their home to concentrate for the weekend. Tuition is $450 and registration is limited. To see more information on the TX Projects Retreat, click here.


IMG_2525Boulder 10-Day Writing Projects Retreat in Boulder, CO

Session 1: June 5-15,   Session 2: June 19-29, 2020

In June of each year we offer two sessions of the Annual 10-Day Writing Projects Retreat in the beautiful town of Boulder, CO at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. This annual retreat is for writers with a current writing project or idea. What if you had 10 days just to focus on your writing?  We will meet together in small groups once a day to talk and strategize about the work that needs to be done. Together we will discuss your project and come up with a work-plan customized for each student. Every other evening we will hold a Salon to share a meal and hear some of your work-in-progress. Tuition includes daily classes, two private sessions with Max to discuss your project in-depth, was well as 5 hosted dinners and a Writers Survival Pack gift bag. By the end of the week each project should be more structured and well underway. We welcome all your messy files, old journals, disorganized pages and wild ideas, no matter how tiny or gigantic. Two different Retreat sessions are offered in June, and each session is a separate event with its own roster and curriculum. For writers who want a whole month of writing (“marathoners”) Max builds specific month-long curriculum and community. Tuition is $1600 for each session and registration is limited.  To see more information on the Boulder Projects Retreat click here.

Private Writing Retreats  
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Ever wished that you, (or you and your writing friends) could just step away from your regular lives and have a private class retreat, one totally customized to meet your specific needs and projects as writers? Private Writing Retreats are held in any location you choose, where would you like to write? They can be set up for for individual writers or for small groups of up to four writers. Curriculum is built based on your individual needs and Max attends the retreat with you to teach daily sessions, edit your work and move your individual writing craft forward. What would you like to build, develop or study? Mystery novels? Memoir? Poetry? Literary fiction? Short stories? Retreat lengths and tuition varies, depending on the scope of each retreat. To see more information on Private Writing Retreats click here.

 Solo Writing Retreats

100_3812.JPGSometimes groups and classes are not what you need as a writer. If what you really need is simply to step out of your day to day life and focus down on your own work for an intensive, without distractions or other people, then a Solo Writing Retreat might be right for you. In a Solo Retreat the writer chooses a time frame, a destination and the specific writing work they would like to focus on. Max is not on the retreat with you, but he helps to set up the goals, writing exercises and structure of the retreat so that your time away is productive and relaxing. He also follows up with you when you return to see what you accomplished and what steps might come next.  These retreats can be done anywhere in the world or in your own backyard. Tuition varies, depending on the scope of each Retreat. For Solo Retreat Writers who  might want to rent a private Writer’s Cottage in Boulder CO or on the Island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands those cottages are available for rent throughout the year. To see more information on Solo Retreats and the cottages for rent click here to go the Solo Retreats page.