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Writing Excuses Retreats

Since 2013, Writing Excuses has offered retreats and workshops designed to help writers connect, grow, and dig deeper into their craft.

We recognize writing is not as solitary an act as many think. Writing Excuses Retreats aim to create safe and inviting spaces for generating ideas and honing skills. Beyond dedicated time at the keyboard, there are opportunities for instruction and connection, critique and brainstorming.

We’ve grown immensely since our inaugural retreat, where a few dozen writers gathered in a single living room. With over 1,000 alumni from across the globe, the retreats have become an inextricable part of the Writing Excuses experience. This year, we’re excited to announce our first year with three retreat options, two on land and one at sea aboard a cruise ship.

Were excited about the expanding role the retreats are playing in the lives of our listeners and hope to see you at one of our upcoming events.

2024 Retreats: Register Now

Each of our retreats in 2024 revolves around a different theme, allowing you multiple opportunities to expand your skillset and connect with other writers.

Not sure which retreat is the right one for you?

Registration Closed:

WXR Minnesota

Unlock Your Creative Process
Mt. Olivet Retreat Center, MN
June 9th – 15th, 2024

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Take time to rest, recharge, and build up your writing momentum while honoring your creative process. Register here.

Registration Open:

WXR Scotland

Historical Research & Writing
McArthur Manor, Scotland
August 2nd – 7th, 2024

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Improve your writing skills while swinging swords, enjoying excellent food, and learning traditional Scottish dances. Register here.

Registration Open:

WXR Mexican Riviera

Annual Writing Excuses Cruise
Departs Los Angeles, CA
September 19th – 27th, 2024

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Dig deeper into the craft and business of writing aboard our annual cruise, all while sailing the Mexican Riviera. Registration will open in January, 2024.

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Scholarship Opportunities

We have two different scholarship types available for Writing Excuses retreats—one for a writer in financial need, and one to a writer of color.

We fund these scholarships through one of our Patreon tiers, donations directly to us, and an alumni fund, generously set up by Heather & Bill Tracy. If you’d like to donate please click here to do so. Each donation makes it possible for us to offer more scholarships and both us and the recipients appreciate it!

Click here to read more about the scholarships.