Privilege your writing. 

A structured writing retreat can work for any kind of writing project, and any kind of writer — including academics, researchers, students, bloggers, journalists, creative writers, marketers, teachers, business writers, and anyone else with a message to share.

The concept is simple: get a group of writers together for 2,5 days to prioritise their writing over everything else. 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.

  • specific start and stop times for writing

  • writing warm-ups and discussion

  • breaks for food, exercise and relaxation

The result is significant: incredible productivity during the retreat, and new strategies to support writing in the long-term.

  • 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.


21–23 November 2018

Hotel Katajanokka
Helsinki, Finland

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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 lunch and morning + afternoon snacks

370€ inc vat

Optional group activities

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)


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 21 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.



Schedule may be adjusted.

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.



Jess Kelley AE is a highly accomplished, Helsinki-based editor and language advisor with 15 years of experience working across a broad range of industries. She holds accreditation from the Institute of Professional Editors (Australia) and a coaching certification from Genius Coaching (USA). She is an active member of various associations for language professionals around the world.

Read more about Jess.




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

Parts of Hotel Katajanokka date back to 1837 and 1888 — the building originally served as a county prison and pre-trial detention centre. Following extensive restoration work, it re-opened its doors as a hotel in 2007. The open central corridor, red brick outer walls and the high perimeter wall around the park are protected by the National Board of Antiquities and remain as a reminder of the building’s long and colourful history.

Read more about the venue.

How to get there

Public transport
From the city centre, take Tram 4 to stop 'Vyökatu'. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes, and there is approx 200 metres to walk from the tram stop to the hotel.

See Reittiopas for public transport info.

Private car
There are limited parking spots available, which cost 21€ for a full day, or 3,50€/hour.