Writing Retreat, Cape Town 23 - 27 November 2022

Wed Nov 23, 12:00 - Sun Nov 27, 12:00

We are gathering in the most beautiful and magical of landscapes for a four-night retreat in summer in South Africa to write.

23 - 27 November 2022

This retreat is a four-night (five-day) writing immersion for anyone with a book or a writing project. You may be a new writer or an experienced writer who simply needs time away from your life to really settle into your writing. You will join writing coach and literary agent Sarah Bullen on a journey into quiet time, craft, and into your story. 

In 2022 both our dates ( are midsummer retreats just outside Cape Town, South Africa in the small coastal village of Hout Bay. 

We also have retreats on these dates:

Writing Retreat, Cape Town 8 - 12 February 2023

Writing Retreat, McGregor, Western Cape 28- 30 April 2023

Writing Retreat, McGregor, Western Cape 15 - 19 November 2023

Mornings will be a structured class

Afternoons are free to pour your words onto the page.

We gather in the evenings for reading, feedback, and storytelling. 

There is lots of focused time to write.

"I have writers of many different levels coming on these retreats. Some are starting a book and need more guidance, others working on the 2nd or 3rd books. Still, other writers join to journal or write poetry. Each writer has two personal sessions with me to focus on your project and work on your writing plans and material."

For those who need a push, my structured afternoon sessions will show you how to write, edit and market your book, find a structure, character, plot, advanced plotting, and pace, how to construct scenes, best writing techniques, timelines, and schedules, genre and finding your voice, preparing your manuscript, how to approach publishers, how to write your marketing material, new publishing models.

All writing genres are welcome on this retreat - novels, memoirs, non-fiction, academic writers, poetry, children's book.

All the event information is also HERE on my website The Writing Room

You can find videos, references, and recommendations as well as a load of other retreats, groups, or ways we can write.

I have an entire page of reviews of retreats at this link


  • How to define and create your most compelling story
  • The elements of structure
  •  Finding your book genre and sub-genre
  • Creating plot, place, and character outlines for your genre
  • Adding plot points and structure
  • Beginnings, middles, and ends
  • Developing your main character
  • Developing your minor characters
  • Developing your voice
  • Developing point of view as a plotting technique
  • How to improve your plotting, pace, and structure
  • How to make your characters unforgettable
  • Adding depth and layers?
  • Sourcing tips and techniques
  • How to present your book to publishers


Single occupancy room R12,000 

Deposit R5,000 

Full payment by 05 October 2022

Shared room R9,000 per person 

Deposit R5,000 per person

Full payment by 05 October 2022

We will not pair you up with someone, so book this room if you are coming with a partner or friend. 

Non Residential Ticket R6,000

You will not stay at the venue but lunches, dinners and all tuition will be included

Please note a deposit is required to secure your place. This is non-refundable as per our T&Cs. Please be clear before your book as places fill up fast. We can jump on a quick call to discuss if this is right for you. 


  • 4 nights accommodation 
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • A guided writing process
  • A one-on-one session 
  • Structured feedback on your project 
  • All course fees and learning material 


  • Flights
  • Visas and Travel Insurance
  • Any additional services such as massages, treatments, or extra trips


** We have a full page of retreat reviews from the last 8 years of writing retreats and you can read here

"The McGregor retreat was a real treat! I met some lovely people, talked about writing and reading, meditated, progressed a lot on my story and enjoyed Sarah’s passionate talks. A highlight was Sarah’s storytelling."

Petros Isaakidis, 2021

"Apart from being at lovely venue the retreat in McGregor fired me up to complete my fist draft which I am now doing. I learnt a lot about the practical and business side of getting published."

Jan Glazewski, 2021

"I have been charmed by the magic of being cared for and boosted alongside a group of creative others in a health-giving space, and a month later, my writing is still flourishing under the spell."

UK Journalist Caroline Sylger Jones READ THE FULL REVIEW 

"Thank you so much for an unforgettable week. The beautiful energy, the gentle, nurturing environment that blended with the physical care taken with the healthy, organic food, yoga sessions and massages all conspired to bringing about a luxurious introspection into spaces that I have allowed to become dusty corners of my imagination."

Carin Combrink, Forgotten Waterfall, 2019

"I spent this last week with Sarah and the other writers at the Write your Novel Retreat in the Cape. This was truly the most inspiring and motivating thing I have ever done for myself. Sarah's guidance is invaluable. Working our way through the writing process with Sarah has left me feeling far more equipped to pursue my dream. And her personal insights into my project has taken it to another level. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone, regardless of where you are writing wise. Amazing experience."

Hanri Mostert 2017

"There is a special magic that happens in this little village. Creativity is emboldened, a gentle release is inevitable and all anxiety seeps away, allowing and encouraging you to write your book. I was supported and held by the professional and talented partnership that is Sarah and Kate. They are an extraordinary team with heart, backbone and intellect and lots of experience with publishing. If you are considering a writing retreat don't think twice! Do it." 

Gabi Lowe 2018, author Get Me to 21

"I attended this retreat in June/July 2019 and have never been on a more profound experience in my life. Kate and Sarah unlocked my creativity with their gentle guidance and their expert knowledge. It is more than just a writers retreat - it is a journey into discovery of self and your potential. I highly recommend this retreat to any one who wishes to write something or even just want to explore their own thoughts. Swimming to the famous rock was a highlight for me and I overcame my limiting beliefs in a very safe environment. Give yourself this gift at least once in your life."

Mary-Joe Emde SA

"If you can only go on one writing retreat in your lifetime, this is the one to choose. Sarah is a truly inspired coach, seconded by Kate. They create a caring, trusting atmosphere conducive to making progress on your own writing. A truly galvanizing experience!"

Beverly Pimsleur USA 2019


"A really wonderful retreat, I went there with one project in mind & came out having written a quarter of a memoir instead. The hosts are AMAZING & the energy of the group was so encouraging, inspiring and uplifting. I have changed for the better since the retreat and attribute these positive changes to the wonderful time I had here."  

Ani Naqvi UK 2019

"This "write a novel" course was the best birthday present I ever gave myself. It was set in a beautiful and peaceful environment, was well paced, was information packed with all the basics of how to really write a book, had surprising acts of art and physical exercise included to move the thinking through the body, was practical and honest about how dedicated one must really be to write, and was delicious to be around such inspiring facilitators who are warm, caring and so professional too."

Kate Baxter 2017 

"I spent this last week with Sarah and the other writers at the Retreat in the Cape. This was truly the most inspiring and motivating thing I have ever done for myself. Sarah's guidance is invaluable. Working our way through the writing process with Sarah has left me feeling far more equipped to pursue my dream. And her personal insights into my project has taken it to another level. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone, regardless of where you are writing wise. Amazing experience. "

Jill Aslett

10 spacious, well-appointed furnished suites make up the private accommodation.

All units have separate entrances opening onto the garden, pool area with magnificent sea views.

Each spacious unit is en suite and is equipped with coffee and tea-making facilities.

There is a large shared entertainment area with tables for writing, relaxing, and dreaming. 

Single occupancy room R12,000 Deposit R5,000 Full payment by 05 October 2022

Shared room R9,000 per person Deposit R5,000 per personFull payment by 05 October 2022We will not pair you up with someone, so book this room if you are coming with a partner or friend. 

Non Residential Ticket R6,000You will not stay at the venue but lunches + dinners and all tuition will be included

Sarah Bullen is a multi-published author, international writing coach and literary agent. Founder of The Writing Room and Kent Literary, she has had over 100 books published by writers she has mentored. As well as being a regular guest on talk shows, podcasts and writers’ circles, Sarah has been leading international writing retreats and adventures for the past decade. “There’s a different writing energy when you are away from home and immersed in a creative adventure. Without exception, everyone in the group has a story to share and becomes the learner and the teacher. It is my job to guide this.

”Her books include Write your Book in 100 Days! Stop Mucking About & Just Write and  

Love & Above – A Journey into Shamanism, Coma and Joy.

Victorskloof Lodge is situated on the southern slopes of Table Mountain in scenic Hout Bay, which is just outside Cape Town.

Situated on the Atlantic Seaboard, twenty minutes from the Cape Town City Centre and the very popular V & A Waterfront.

Cape Town International Airport is an easy 25-minute drive.

Victorskloof Lodge is secluded yet it is very central to all the attractions of the Cape Peninsula. You are in Cape Town, but in a quiet and contained spot. There are unparalleled sea and mountain views of Hout Bay Harbour, Chapman’s Peak, The Sentinel, and the Kommetjie lighthouse in the distance.


1.   It is the customer’s responsibility to check the reservation and ensure that the particulars contained therein are correct.

2.   The customer shall pay The Writing Room a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit as specified above of the total amount due for each person named in the reservation

.3.   The balance monies due shall be paid by the customer to The Writing Room not less than 6 weeks prior to the date of retreat. Bookings within the last 8 weeks must be paid in full at time of booking.

4.   If payment of either the deposit or the balance is not received by the due date The Writing Room reserves the right to cancel the reservation and retain the deposit / payment.

5.   In the event of cancellation by the customer, regardless of the circumstances, the following refund fees, minus the deposit, apply. (The deposit is non-refundable, as mentioned in 2):  Cancellation 8 weeks or less before due arrival date, 0% refund  Cancellation 9 -16 weeks before due arrival date, 50% refund  Cancellation more than 16 weeks before due arrival date, 100% refund6.   Due to teacher cancellations or other situations beyond our control, The Writing Room reserves the right to change bookings or venues and shall inform the customer as soon as possible. Alternative arrangements / new retreat dates will be offered but we do not accept responsibility for any costs incurred, including airfare.7.   The Writing Room is not held liable for flight or travel.8.   The Writing Room reserves the right to offer discretionary discounts and this does not affect the status of any guests who have paid the full price and no discount will then become due to them.9. It is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that he/she has all the relevant travel documentation, visas if required and arrives at the airport in time.10. The Writing Room can accept no responsibility for delay or cancellation of any flights, train, buses or other forms of transport.11. The Writing Room reserves the right to alter any facility accommodation or activity in the schedule.12. In the event that the customer decides to downgrade their accommodation after monies have been paid, the customer will not be entitled to any refund. If the customer wishes to upgrade in a new facility, full costs are liable.13. The Writing Room cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage of personal possessions or valuables of the customer.14. The Writing Room shall not be liable for any failures beyond its control. This covers natural disasters, war, ‘acts of God’, closure of airports, civil strife, accidents or failure to perform by third parties, including suppliers and subcontractors. 15. The Writing Room accepts no liability for loss, damage, injury or illnesses which may be received during the customers stay or travelling to and from the Retreat, during the Retreat or any unofficial activities.16. We recommend that all customers have adequate travel, cancellation and medical insurance for the duration of the trip.17. These terms and conditions shall be governed by South Africa Law and the parties consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in all matters regarding them. 

Additional information

Age restriction No under 16s
Refund policy No refunds


Writing Retreat, Cape Town 23 - 27 November 2022
16 Victorskloof Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806
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