Write that book
Treat your inner author to glorious, dedicated writing time! Mornings are for writing, afternoons for relaxation. This retreat is geared toward women who aim to complete a short story, novella, novel, self-help or motivational book, or memoir, and who would like to learn how to develop, refine, and publish it.
August 4 - 10, 2019
Lake Tahoe, California
(near Carnelian Bay, CA)
Our Lake Tahoe retreat has been named one of 2019’s most Incredible Writing Retreats by The Write Life!
During our week together, we’ll begin each morning with a nourishing meditation and a delicious, healthy breakfast. After we are focused and oriented, we’ll set our individual writing goal for the day. Jessie will provide expert writing guidance designed to help you release writing blocks, organize your time, deepen your writing experience, and map your career goals, with a special half-day seminar focused on getting your work published.
Your afternoon is free to structure as you wish. Write on your own, receive individual coaching, take an inspiring hike around the lake, visit charming shops and art galleries nearby, soak in the hot tub, schedule a massage, or nap. We’ll come back together at night to share insight and laughter.
Areas covered in the morning workshops:
Becoming courageous, disciplined writers
Keeping your writing true to the story you need to tell
Editing with the revolutionary ARISE method
Defining personal and career goals
Publishing your work, either indie or traditionally, depending on career goals
Finding balance between your creative and professional life
Relaxing and recentering
This retreat is for women who want to:
Work with a master instructor who values laughter, creativity, and community
Begin or advance a written project
Explore the world with a fun-loving community of creatives
Bond with interesting, joyful women
Honor, celebrate, and strengthen their intuition
Ground and nourish themselves
Enjoy fresh and delicious local cuisine
Dedicate time for creativity but also for play
Learn how to publish their project
All workshopping follows the Amherst Writing and Artists’ model, a gentle, proven method that recognizes and nurtures the writing genius we all possess whether we are new to the process or experienced creative writers. Most of the writing instruction will take place in the villa, with one or two workshops moving to the gorgeous outdoors, as weather allows. We like to talk to participants beforehand so that we can make sure it is a good fit for both parties, as the writing retreats are a small group, and we want to ensure a positive overall experience for everyone.
Here is a video of the villa where we’ll be holding the retreat. You can see the living room where Jess will run the morning workshops, the writing nooks inside and out in the glorious woods, and the bedrooms. We are capping this retreat at 15 women; we have four bedrooms (and four bathrooms) available for retreat participants. The remaining participants will need to book their own off-site lodging. See more information in the lower right column.
Jess Lourey (on the left) is a TEDx presenter, Psychology Today blogger, creative writing professor with 20+years teaching experience, winner of The Loft’s Excellence in Teaching Fellowship and the bestselling author of 18 books and multiple short stories, essays, and blog posts across genres. I want to help you to write and publish your best story.
What other students have said about Jess
"Jess Lourey is a rare double talent. She is an outstanding writer. Just as remarkable is Jess’ ability to teach writing to others. She clearly communicates the essence of good writing — whether it is giving a novice writer broad guidance on how to structure a novel or write sentences that grab the reader’s attention, or working with experienced writers on the fine art of wordsmithing to improve elements of pace, suspense or character development."
— Stephen T., Write That Book, July 2015
“When I signed up for Jessica Lourey ’s fiction writing workshop, I was at a low point. I was stuck. I longed to write a novel, but I didn’t know where to begin. I didn’t think I had any stories worth telling. Jess helped me realize that I have a lifetime of experiences just waiting to be tapped into, a lifetime of stories, characters, settings and plot twists. Anyone can teach the mechanics of writing, but not anyone can inspire like Jess.”
— Tina M., Rewrite Your Life, November 2016
“I had the opportunity to take a workshop from Jess before I was published. Her honesty, encouragement, and knowledge of the craft helped me make the leap from aspiring writer to published author. I still take the lessons I learned from Jess and apply them to my daily writing routine. She truly wants to help others succeed and provides you with the tools you’ll need on every step of your journey.”
—Lissa Marie Redmond, author of A Cold Day in Hell