“You Should Write a Book!”
Join me for NaNoWriMo this November in the south of France where you will be able to write without distractions to your heart’s content!
Have you ever heard these five words before? Or maybe it’s more a question of how many times have you heard these five words before?
We all have a story to tell, we all have a book inside us.
As writers, we are an introverted introspective self-critical lot, who would like to make sense of life and if possible, help others to make sense of their lives too, with our writing.
During this powerful and possibly life-changing writer’s retreat, you will find out exactly how you can make this happen.
During the 3-step Write Your Story retreat, you will have the irresistible opportunity to write, without interruptions and distractions, amongst idyllic surroundings, in this unspoilt and forgotten part of the deepest rural south of France.
This writing retreat is different from other retreats. It’s not just about writing. Of course, it’s about improving your writing, finding your own voice, developing a regular writing habit, etc. but it is also about writing your own story to help you understand who you are and connect with the real you. It is about editing your own story in such a way that your past is empowering instead of debilitating. It is about enabling you to process and then incorporate challenging events in your past into your writing.
As a writer, what could be more important than making sense of your past and understanding how it shapes who you are?
“The stories we hear, the stories we tell and the stories we write, shape our identity. Our stories shape our futures.” Margaretha Montagu
The Write Your Story retreat’s 3 steps are
- Process distressing emotions and upsetting past events
- Use the experience to enrich your writing
- For inspiration, follow in the footsteps of great writers like Paolo Coelho, by walking manageable sections of the Camino de Santiago de Compostella pilgrim’s route.
Who should take this retreat?
- Anyone who has ever been told, “Wow, have you ever thought of writing a book about your life?!”
- Anyone who has survived a crisis/tragedy and wants to make sense of it for herself/himself by writing about it
- Anyone who wants to make their writing more authentic
- Anyone who has always dreamed of walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostella pilgrims route for inspiration and follow in the footsteps of Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage (1987), Jack Hitt, Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain (1994), Hape Kerkeling, I’m Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago (2009), Hemingway, Ernest, “The Sun Also Rises” (1926), David Lodge, Therapy (1995), Shirley Maclaine, The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit (2001), James Michener, Iberia (1968), Cees Nooteboom, Roads to Santiago (1996, English edition), Conrad Rudolph, Pilgrimage to the End of the World: The Road to Santiago de Compostela (2004) and Walter Starkie, The Road to Santiago (1957).
Each full-day consists of one walking and three writing sessions:
- A Morning Pages Writing Meditation based on Julia Cameron’s book An Artist’s Way (of which you will receive a copy)
- A Walking Meditation – Many writers found inspiration to write best-selling books during the often life-changing experience of walking the Camino.
- A My Masterpiece writing session – time to work on your own project: – your goal could be to write a certain number of words, edit a percentage of a manuscript, study an amount of research material etc.
- A Change Your Story, Change Your Life writing session: re-write the story of your life – processing past trauma with the healing power of story writing – and then turn your experiences and emotions into a novel (fiction or non-fiction)
- Last day: How to self-publish session – I firmly believe that now is the best time to publish your own book. I have self-published 5 so far, with another in the pipeline. In this session, I explain how I did it.
During NaNoWriMo all sessions will be My Masterpiece writing sessions.
We are all born storytellers – this retreat will help you to tell your story in such a way that it will not only help you, but will help others too – whether you want to write fiction (mysteries, romance, horror, dystopian, young adult etc.) or non-fiction (memoir, biography, self-help etc.)
Your story matters.
Your story, in your own voice, can make a difference. By writing your story, you can share fear, frustration, sorrow and joy and find common ground with others so that you can connect and communicate with them.
On this retreat you will discover how to:
- Combine writing and walking to release writing blocks,
- Process and use real-life experiences to enrich your writing,
- Claim your own unique writing voice,
- Relax and recharge your writing (and all other!) batteries
- Self-publish your book
Do you long to write a book, but you don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you have lost your writing mojo? Or maybe you think you do not have any stories worth telling? This retreat will inspire you to write your story and empower you to incorporate a lifetime of experiences, emotions, characters, settings and plot twists into your writing.