retreats for women who love to travel & write

Give yourself the time and space to focus on your writing with like-minded women writers. Get inspired in a beautiful setting, achieve your writing goals, and make friends along the way!

writing retreat in france

June 2 - 8, 2019

Imagine finding the heart of your creativity in a luxurious private villa set in the shadow of an 11th century abbey. Join bestselling writer and TEDx presenter Jessica Lourey and healer and writing coach Allison Quaid on this week-long writing retreat that visits one of the most inspiring sites in France.

Write (and publish) that book in lake tahoe—a writing retreat in california

August 4 - 10, 2019

This relaxing, re-centering retreat gifts you time and space to write, with a special half-day seminar on developing your path to publication. Your retreat experience will be tailored to where you're at in your writing process. ***Named one of 2019’s Most Incredible Retreats by The Write Life!

writing retreat in italy

Women’s Wellness and Writing Retreat in Italy

Fall 2019

We’re creating a women’s wellness and writing retreat in Italy! This nourishing creative writing retreat will run this fall. Check back (and subscribe to our newsletter) for more information.

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June 10- 14, 2019

This holiday is for women who want to embark on a transformative journey, one that immerses you in great writing and explores a transcendent city through the eyes of its famous female authors.

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build your own retreat

Interested in learning how to write that book on a Greek Island? Maybe you want to claim your voice in a French castle. Or possibly mastering the art of romance writing and publishing in a Colorado villa is more your speed. Gather six or more women, tell us what your bucket list retreat looks like, and leave the planning to us.                          

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Use the calendar below to schedule a call with Ali or Jess. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about our retreats.


“Jess Lourey has been an invaluable resource as I begin my writing career. Having been a fan of her writing long before I decided I wanted to write seriously myself (and also part of my inspiration to transition from reader to writer), I can say that getting to work with Jess is even better than reading her stellar books. She helped me on my path to published writer.”

—Aimee Hix, author of What Doesn’t Kill You


“When I made the decision to attend the women’s writing retreat in Italy, I lacked confidence, was fearful, and questioned my value as a woman and most as a writer. I was immediately drawn to Allison by her genuine warmth, sincere interest in the heart of women and her ability to draw out potential and creativity. She gave me tasks that helped me map out what was keeping my artistic side blocked and gently broke through the fear that kept me from writing. Allison possesses a vulnerability, strength of character and sense of humor that makes her a perfect facilitator. This solo journey and being coached by Allison has brought me tremendous growth, confidence and a sense of purpose that has changed me forever.”

— Lori Ann D. 


“Jess Lourey has been through a lot—and she’s completely upfront telling you about it. That authentic, honest and generous voice created a safe space where I could open up to the dignity and power of my own stories.”

— Marcia A., Rewrite Your Life Workshop


“As a writing coach, Allison brings the ideal mix of practical guidance, cheerleader and coach! She helped me make sense of a complex story by providing a structure, created accountability to keep me going, and also provided great suggestions for getting around blocks. Her passion for writing, reading and publishing women’s stories is contagious and has set my brain on fire with ideas.”

— Jodi K., Women Writing Italy Retreat.