Writers Retreat Bali

February 2024

hosted by:

Jacq Burns

Write a bestseller in tropical Bali - February 2024

Hosted by Jacq Burns, literary agent, founder of London Writers' Club

Have you wanted to write a book, book proposal or pitch for months  or even years but haven’t found the time or the confidence to do it? Have you stalled in the writing because you don’t know if what you write is any good? 

How would it feel to move on from time-scarcity or doubt to getting your first draft underway, your book finished, edited or pitch done? 

I can help you: with over 30 year’s experience of writing, book-selling, agenting and publishing, overseeing hundreds of books published and millions of words written, I’ve seen it all. And I’ve helped scores of wannabe authors figure out how to do it too. 

With the best of my industry advice and support, on this retreat I will get you to the next stage of your writing journey safe, well-fed and sun-kissed.  With guidance in morning workshops, direct advice, and afternoons to write, followed by a Q and A session, you could get a juicy chunk of great writing or pitching done. 

With my help you will have the time and a beautiful space to write and be lifted towards your goal.

When you sit down to write, lots of 'head' problems can crop up such as:

  • I can’t figure out what to focus on
  • I don’t know how to order the material
  • I have a lot to say but don’t know how to say it
  • I get stuck every time I sit down to write
  • I can’t make the writing match what I had imagined
  • I need time and space away from work and home!
  • I know what I want to write about, but I don’t have the time to make it happen

I can help with all this and more. I will hold a safe space for you, to help you to leave everyday life behind and build some real momentum with your novel or non-fiction book. 

Jacq will meet you wherever you are at with your project

No matter what kind of book you want to write – memoir, a biography of your business, a novel, a deep-dive on an issue you care about – writing a book requires time and focused energy. 

Finding the space and the right support is often all that’s needed for it to take shape. That’s why I am inviting you to join me in Bali to write. I’ll be fun, it will be supportive, and I will be with you every step of the way.  

Even if you don’t think of yourself as a writer yet, you have something to share, and this is your time to get it underway.

With uninterrupted time to dream, plan and write, here’s what we will cover:

  • Your big idea, premise & clarity on what to write about
  • Planning, structuring, drafting and editing your material
  • Getting a literary agent and getting published
  • A clear insight into all of your publishing options
  • A realistic plan to take away and implement so that your book gets written, edited, published and marketed as you envision.
  • PLUS: moving past blocks, getting out of a creative rut and creating a bigger future with your writing.

Your accommodation awaits...

Welcome to Bali

Our accommodation is a stunning Balinese villa in a peaceful part of Bali, creating the perfect environment to write, rest, eat and nourish your body, mind & spirit with life’s most important things. Beautiful food, a comfortable bed, your own bathroom and a welcome massage awaits you. 

Introducing your host and a typical retreat day

Jacq Burns

Your host, literary agent Jacq Burns will be there to guide you. Each morning will start with a leisurely breakfast at your own pace. Then we’ll gather for a workshop session covering all the important creative and publishing stuff described above. 

A delicious lunch will follow the morning sessions and then you’ll have time for reflecting and writing, to wander the local area for inspiration or coffee, or to take a refreshing dip in the pool. In the evening we regroup for brainstorming and Q&A over drinks, followed by dinner.  You’ll also be able to book a one-to-one session with Jacq during the retreat.  

According to the Writers and Artists Yearbook, most writers spend more than three years on a single book when they try to do it alone. I will help you avoid that experience. 

This retreat is your time to get immersed in your writing and fast track your book and we will support you with whatever you need.  Join me in Bali, and give yourself the space and time to coax your book out into the world.

Are you in? I can't wait to welcome you to Bali for 6 days to dream plan and write. You'll go home with:

  • A book concept that will launch you into a whole new world
  • An irresistible book title and subtitle
  • A clear structure or plot planned out
  • Solid writing done, and/ or a show-stopping pitch or proposal
  • Clarity about the order of things and who you need on your team to make your book a success
  • With your creativity restored and great memories of your time in Bali

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions:

  • I cover every step of the process from starting to getting your book published whether that is fiction or non-fiction. I meet you where you are at and you’ll take home a strong sense of the whole writing and publishing process and what you need to do next to be successful. 

  • Daily: Breakfast is at your pace. Morning workshop sessions, writing advice and feedback, time to free write, are all included. 

  •  There is free time in the afternoon for you to write, rest, take walks, read or book a private 1:1 mentoring session. There is a swimming pool at the villa. 

  • The retreat is 5 nights and 6 days. Check in is from 2pm and check out is 10.30am. All meals in the villa are included and these are a great time for connection and conversation. Coffee, teas and mineral water, wine with dinner and fruit are also included. 

  • All rooms are double with ensuite. You do not have to share though this is possible on request.  The rooms will be allocated in the order of booking.


Click to book a chat to find out more about this retreat.