Join Us for a Creative Writing Retreat in Egypt

Our writing retreats bring together creatives from around the world to collaborate, encourage each other, and share in the extraordinary experience of exploring Egypt.

Take your creative writing to the next level with a dedicated writing retreat in a destination that has inspired some of the most brilliant authors known worldwide. Find inspiration in Egypt amidst the astounding architecture, vibrant urban spaces, and jaw-dropping breadth of historical significance.

All of our courses are led by published authors, with years of experience as tutors and mentors. Not only will you receive expert advice on your writing, you’ll be able to ask questions about the ins and outs of the industry all whilst honing your writing skills.

In whatever stage you find yourself, a creative writing retreat in Egypt is sure to inspire that creative spark!

Give yourself the space and time needed to truly delve into your writing. The stresses of daily life too often distract us from the work of creating — this is your chance to dedicate a few days to developing your practical skills and pushing forward with your storytelling.

We’re planning new retreats for 2024 including poetry and contemporary fiction courses.

Let us know if you’re interested and you’ll be the first to know when we announce the next retreat dates and locations!

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    Hear from our 2023 course leader: Jonathan Whitelaw

    Jonathan Whitelaw is an author, award-winning journalist, and broadcaster.

    After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture, and sport to fashion, music, and even radioactive waste — with everything in between.

    His latest novel, The Village Hall Vendetta (April 2023), is a follow-up to the bestselling Bingo Hall Detectives — a cosy crime series set in the Lake District with a son and mother-in-law detective duo. Two more novels from the series are due for release in 2024 and 2025.

    Jonathan also regularly contributes to book events, festivals, conferences and podcasts – with appearances on the Bloody Scotland Book Club, Blood Brothers, Writer’s Routine and The Bestseller Experiment, among others.

    Typical Writing Retreat Content

    • The basics of creative writing
    • Exploring sub-genres
    • Creating your perfect characters
    • Discussing where to find inspiration
    • Learning to develop ideas into full-length novels
    • Making plots watertight
    • Getting published: what agents/publishers are looking for and how to approach an agent/publisher

    Find inspiration and dedicate time to honing your craft

    Bring your story to life amidst the wonders of Ancient Egypt

    What’s Included on Our Creative Writing Retreats

    • Meet and assist service at Cairo AirportIncluding visa, if required
    • Welcome and orientation meeting on the evening of Day 1
    • Welcome pack
    • All transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Unique accommodations
    • Tours of iconic locations in Egypt
    • Creative writing retreat with a published author
    • Evening activities and speakers
    • Domestic flights (if applicable)
    • Licensed and qualified guides

    What’s Excluded

    • Gratuities
    • Alcoholic and canned soft drinks

    Find out when our next Creative Writing Retreat will take place!

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    Aspiring and emerging writers, join us for a unique experience!