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November Writing Retreat

  • Hotel Katajanokka Merikasarminkatu 1a Helsinki Finland (map)

Privilege your writing. 

Do you have a writing project that could use some extra focus and attention?

This structured writing retreat is based on Professor Rowena Murray’s popular UK training resource for writers and students — now with our own Nordic twist.

All kinds of writers can benefit from this retreat: academic writers, students, researchers, creative writers, journalists, authors, bloggers and everyone else with a message to share.

You will be able to get comfortable and focus on your writing, with no interruptions, competing tasks or distractions of daily life. A facilitator 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.


  • push your project forward

  • 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 yourself and your writing for a few days

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

Early bird registration is open until 31 October.


The registration package includes:

  • 2,5 days of expert facilitation with Jess Kelley AE in an exquisite venue on Helsinki’s Katajanokka island

  • yoga interludes designed by Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen

  • Wednesday dinner

  • Thursday + Friday meals (lunch and morning and afternoon snacks)

340€ inc vat

(370€ for registrations made after 1 Nov )


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.
    139€ per room, per night

  2. Standard room for 2 people — bring a friend!
    149€ per room, per night

This special price for retreat attendees is available until 31 October. After this date, rooms may be booked at the hotel's normal rate (pending availability).

Reserve your rooms through the registration form, and pay directly to the hotel when checking in.


Indicate your interest on the registration form for Thursday night group activities. Payment will only be requested once minimum numbers are met. All activities are at the venue:

  • escape room (35€ per person)

  • dinner (a la carte, see menu here)

  • sauna (35€ per person)


17:30 — welcome & introductions
17:45 — writing warm up, setting goals
18:00 — writing
19:00 — dinner
? — end

9:00 — doors open
9:15 — warm-up & planning
9:30 — writing
11:00 — morning break
11:30 — writing
12:30 — break: guided yoga
13:00 — lunch
14:00 — writing
15:30 — afternoon break
16:00 — writing
17:30 — end.

Optional group activities

17:45 — escape room
19:00 — dinner
20:00 — sauna

9:00 — doors open
9:15 — warm-up & planning
9:30 — writing
11:00 — morning break
11:30 — writing
12:30 — break: guided yoga
13:00 — lunch
14:00 — writing
15:30 — afternoon break
16:00 — taking stock, outputs, feedback, plans
16:30 — end.


Hotel Katajanokka is located on one of Helsinki's connected islands, just a brief tram ride from the city centre.

Read more about the venue.