So you think you can write? Prove it at a glorious writer’s retreat sponsored by the Four Seasons Costa Rica. It’s the perfect opportunity to see what you got and an ideal, edenistic setting for great inspirations. Learn how to write about your experiences for your blog or media outlets as you explore wonders of this lush, tropical country.
The posh resort is inviting aspiring travel writers to try their hand creating masterpieces at its Immersion Travel Writing Retreats, August 30 to September 3 and November 7 to 10, 2013.
While you’re honing your scribe skills or learning to put words on paper, you’ll have ample time for fun and half-day adventures near the hotel, interview locals, and savor unique culinary experiences such as a Costa Rican chocolate class and organic garden chef’s table at Caracol restaurant.
Top experts include:
- Perry Garfinkel, who will lead the kickoff retreat from August 30-September 3, has been a contributor to the New York Times for more than two decades. He is the author of several books, including his national bestselling spiritual adventure travel memoir, Buddha or Bust, and Travel Writing for Profit & Pleasure, which Arthur Frommer called the “definitive work in the field.” Perry has taught travel writing for some 30 years at such educational centres as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, California State University’s continuing education system and UC Berkeley’s Bay Area Writing Project. He is based in Berkeley, California.
- Annie Fitzsimmons and Becca Hensley will lead the November 7-10 retreat. Annie writes the Urban Insider column for National Geographic Traveler and is and a consultant to luxury brands.
- Austin-based Becca Hensley is an award winning travel and lifestyle writer, poet and essayist who can’t resist the unexplored alley. Her work has appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers worldwide.
Rates and fees:
Each retreat costs $500 per person and includes writing classes and critique of work; several Costa Rican cultural and culinary assignments, the Costa Rican chocolate class; organic garden chef’s table experience; and a welcome reception with organic Chilean and Argentine wines, local Costa Rican micro beers and appetizers. Airfare, accommodations and additional meals are not included.
Room rates at the Four Seasons start at $319 a night for the August/September retreat and $425 night for the November retreat. For reservations email email@example.com.