The Writing Room
STORYTELLERS, WRITERS, POETS. WE GATHER TO LISTEN, WRITE AND SHARE.
Do you have a story to tell? A message to share? A life to record? Or do you want to catapult your business or brand by becoming an author? Perhaps you just want to spend some time away in a creative process.
One way we immerse in writing is through retreats. This is a deep and quiet time to really dive into a writing process.
The Writing Room has been running retreats and taking writers to exotic places to write since 2003. We are 'preferred retreat' on the prestigious Queen of Retreats ranking. Not all the retreats are listed here but you can find a full list of the international ones here
We are in the Top 20 Retreats to Attend list every year.
The current list of retreats is below and we add more as the year progresses or as the muse takes us to new and magical places.
Together we travel the journey of memory and dive deep into the craft of writing, have a lot of fun and join a community of international writers.
Book coach, editor and agent Sarah Bullen will guide you through the myriad ways to get your work published and read. Her team will walk you through the steps of securing a literary agent, publisher or self-publishing.Sarah works with both writers and publishers. She will help you to find and tell YOUR best story - in any format. This could be a speech, a book, a novel, memoir, non-fiction, an online course, a personal essay or a professional book.
WHAT DO WE OFFER? CONNECTION You want a personal, honest and upfront connection while your formulate your story?
COMMUNITYWriting is a solo journey, but being able to reach out to others who are on the same journey is important?
TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST A mentor who can guide you and bring out the best in you, and your book.
GUIDANCEYou are open to a creative method that is rich and deep and to work with someone you can relate to and trust.
RESULTS You want to go from thinking about your book, to writing it and getting it published. I like books to be commercially viable - and over 100 published authors will show you that it works. At the end of our process, and if you really commit to it, you will have a book ready to publish.
SOME REVIEWS are belowThere is a special magic that happens in the 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 and backbone and intellect and lots of experience with publishing. If you are considering a writing retreat don't think twice.-Gabi Lowe, Get Me to 21, 2018"I came to Greece not knowing exactly what to expect. I started tinkering with my story over the years and never imagined that I would put it down in any tangible format or structure. With Sarah’s unyielding insight, knowledge and guidance and Kate’s support and ability to unlock deep emotion and memory, the retreat was a turning point for me. It helped set me on the path to finish my first draft within 6 months. The overwhelming support from all the writers, each with their own beautiful story and soul, was the best takeaway. Not to mention, the magical setting and the quiet, intoxicating atmosphere. x"- Jay Badenhorst, South Africa?"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, South Africa"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"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"I just completed the Memoir retreat in Skala Eressos. It was an incredible experience, powerful tools for driving the narrative, perfect combination of workshop, coaching & vacation, quality & professional standards in both preparation for the workshop and in follow-up after workshop had ended. I highly recommend it and look forward to working with Sarah again."- Stephie Koulouris, Greece "I have attended a number of retreats since I believe it is one of the most generous gifts you can give yourself. When I booked this specific retreat, I had no idea that the gift would far exceed any of my expectations. The beauty of the location cannot be described in mere words, the energy that vibrates from the core of Skala Erresos connects to ones soul and magically unlocks creativity you never realised you had hidden deep inside. Sarah and Kate both hold the space in such a light and enabling manner that the magic unfolds naturally. When it comes to food, the restaurants lazily spread across the shoreline, serve meals dazzling ones tastebuds and the ocean enfolds ones body with the freshness that only water from the earth can offer. The opportunity created to meet and engage a group of amazing people from across the globe only adds to the richness of the experience, leaving one with friends who often see more of your soul than people close to you ever get a glimpse of. Personally, the retreat is certainly one of the most memorable experiences of this life.I unreservedly recommend it for all souls willing to dance to the rhythm of synchronicity."- Bonita Field, South Africa If you want to write, you definitely can’t go wrong with Kate and Sarah. I was so happy there was clear course content and it took us down the path of planning and writing. Finally I am getting out of my head and writing my book-Patricia Harper 2018The course structure finally let me realise my book can be achieved with structure and the framework Sarah worked out with me. It taught me how to get from idea to a book. I loved writing all afternoon in my room overlooking the sea and all the expert speakers who came to give us their tips and advice-Julian Cowburn, UK, 2018I loved it all. The place, the people, the experience, the sea, the lessons and the succinct and practical way to write a book. Sappho was inspired by the same sea and sun 2000 years ago and that touched my heart and words.-Linda Smuts – 2018I have so much clarity and belief in myself. It was just a magical experience in a tiny village with writing support and clear direction and feedback. I made friends for life. -Di Atherton, 2018This was the most amazing time - the serenity of the island - a place to write/reflect/allow yourself to be inspired, the birthplace of Sappho, simple/outstanding Greek cuisine, ability to swim in the ocean everyday, take hikes at sundowners, come away with a solid plan for writing/publishing a book, bond with other writers. The course served almost as a week-long therapy session for me - a therapeutic getaway on a beautiful island." -Anna-Claire Marshall 2016