Write that book, publish 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! **We are capping this retreat at 13 women, and it is fully sold out.

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.

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 13 women; while our two villa lodges are booked, there are AirBnb options within walking distance of the villa (look for Muletail Drive, Carnelian Bay, CA) as well as hotel options near Carnelian Bay.



Retreat Leader

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

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