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"A writing retreat? I can't afford it!"

Updated: Jan 8, 2020

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We're not here for profit. A lovely chance meeting with a local in Svaneti, Georgia.

Call them whatever: writing retreats, writing holidays, writers' courses, writers' workshops — we want/need one! Writing your novel or memoir in a postcard-perfect location, guided by great authors, supported by a community of fellow writers? Why, yes to all that!

Just do a Google search and you'll find yourself deluged with an ample list of writing retreats. In this age of Instagram, we're spoilt for choice.

There is one problem, though: cost. They're expensive! Outrageously, ridiculously expensive. I've scoured the internet, and I've seen them all. 4,000 dollars for 4 days of writing courses without accommodation or food?

Um, no.

Writing retreats can cost money, yes. We pay for the opportunity and privilege of learning first-hand from the experts in the field. This means that you can simply raise your hand, present your writing, voice out your concern and instantly get insight and feedback on your work from the ones who've gone through it all. Most times, these insiders’ advice and insights from established, well-connected and experienced authors can truly help propel our writing forward and ultimately, open a path to publication.

But these writing holidays don’t have to ruin your bank account. I’ve attended a number of them all over Europe and Asia. I've been this person. I've shelled out so much dough for all kinds of workshops: the mediocre ones, the disorganized ones, the scammy ones.

At Words and Wanderlust, we’ve designed a writing retreat that’s high-quality yet affordable. Our mission is to provide writers of all levels the opportunity to be mentored by established authors in inspiring locations around the world. We believe that taking a break from your everyday routine for a week of focus, exploration, and inspiration sans the usual distractions — can recharge your creativity and jumpstart your novel, short story, or memoir.

In other words, we want you to write more. We want you to be published.

We’re not here for profit. Trust us on that. Words and Wanderlust is the fulfilment of a dream: a gathering of the authors I’ve read and admired, of curious travellers who want to see the world, and —most importantly — of fellow writers who share the same dream of writing.

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