Give your writing the time and focus it deserves. 

This structured writing retreat is for academic writers, students, researchers, creative writers, journalists, authors, bloggers and everyone else with a message to share.

If you have a writing project — or perhaps you've been putting one off! — then this retreat will benefit you.

Professor Rowena Murray has honed these structured retreats over 10+ years in Scotland, and now she is coming to Finland to facilitate them here.

don't feel overwhelmed or alone in your writing process.

You will be able to get comfortable and write, with no interruptions, competing tasks or distractions of daily life. Rowena provides guidance and direction throughout the day, and there's no need to worry about work, school or other responsibilities. No need to stress over what to eat — it's all provided.

Put away your phone. Switch off your wifi. Immerse yourself in your writing.

Whatever your writing goals are, this retreat will support them.

  • complete a writing project

  • find a new support system for future writing

  • learn to change your behaviours and negative associations with writing

  • improve your goal-setting for your writing projects

  • have great conversations with diverse professionals

  • privilege your writing over everything else for a few days

The retreat is facilitated in English, but writing projects can be in any language.


15–17 August 2018

Hotel Rantapuisto
Helsinki, Finland

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Registration is open with early-bird prices until 10 July.


The registration package includes:

  • 2,5 days of expert facilitation with Professor Rowena Murray in a beautiful venue nestled in the Helsinki forest

  • Wednesday dinner

  • Thursday + Friday meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks)

Thursday dinner is an optional extra, in the venue restaurant. See the latest menu here. (Note that menu may change, at venue's discretion.)

370€ inc vat


Accommodation can also be booked at the venue, at a discounted rate for retreat participants:

  1. Standard room for 1 person — a room just to yourself.
    105€ per room, per night

  2. Standard room for 2 people — bring a friend!
    118€ per room, per night

This special price for retreat attendees is available until 17 July. After this date, rooms may be booked at the hotel's normal rate (pending availability).



Want time to pay? Reserve a place with a 50€ deposit via bank transfer, and pay the other instalments by 10 August.




A free mini event — a retreat pre-treat — will be held on Tuesday night to kick things off!

18:00 @ Arkadia International Bookshop (Nervanderinkatu 11 Helsinki)

More info here.

17:45 — Dinner and introductions
18:30 — Writing warm up, setting goals
19:00 — Writing
20:00 — end.

8:30 — Breakfast
9:15 — Planning
9:30 — Writing
11:00 — Morning break
11:30 — Writing
12:30 — Lunch
13:15 — Break: walk, run, bike
14:00 — Writing
15:30 — Afternoon break
16:00 — Writing
17:30 — Free time
18:00 — Dinner (optional)

FRIDAY 17.08
8:30 — Breakfast
9:15 — Planning
9:30 — Writing
11:00 — Morning break
11:30 — Writing
12:30 — Lunch
13:15 — Break: walk, run, bike
14:00 — Writing
15:30 — Afternoon break
16:00 — Taking stock, outputs, feedback, plans
16:30 — end.

Schedule may be adjusted.


After the retreat, you are welcome to join the annual summer picnic of Nordic Editors & Translators at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress!
Games & fun for language lovers just outside Helsinki. Learn more...


the venue

Hotel Rantapuisto is located on the shores of the Baltic Sea in the Vuosaari region of Helsinki, 15 km from Helsinki city center and the Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Gorgeous jogging grounds start right from the hotel door, and the hotel has its own beach.

The writing retreat will be held in a spacious conference room, with large windows that let in plenty of natural light and give beautiful views toward the sea.

How to get there

Public Transport
Option 1: Take the metro from Helsinki center to Vuosaari metro station, then take bus 816 to the hotel door (stop 4914) (leaves approximately every 30 min). Journey time approx 45 min.

Option 2: Take the metro from Helsinki center to Rastila metro station, then take bus 560 to Ramsinniementie (stop 4557) (leaves approximately every ten to fifteen minutes). Exit at stop , and walk down Ramsinniementie road for approx 600 m to Hotel Rantapuisto. Journey time approx 40 min.

Pickups from the Rastila metro station can be arranged with advance notice.

See Reittiopas for public transport info.


Private Car
There is free parking available if you wish to drive.




Communications in Finnish and English.
It's all about the context.