Creative Writing Retreat


Mexico Creative Writing Retreat – Find Your Inspiration!

14th – 21st October 2017 – $2175 USD (all inclusive)

Join the bestselling authors and professional teachers, Melvin Burgess and Dr. Lucy Christopher, in glorious Mexico to find your writing inspiration!

Through exercises, workshops, lectures, one-on-one personalised tutorials, fieldwork and “serious play” in this amazing setting, Melvin and Lucy will introduce some of the key components for beginning, or developing, creative work. They will discuss how to find an original voice, how to push boundaries, as well as how basic elements such as character, setting and plot can enliven and deepen a creative piece. Come prepared to experiment, begin new work, and open your mind to the fun of creative writing!

Although Melvin and Lucy are specialists in children’s and YA fiction, this course is suitable for writers of all forms, as well as those working on young people’s fiction. Working in a small group, this will be a specialist, intense and hugely enjoyable course, absolutely tailored to the group’s needs. Depending on the ability, and desires, of the group, Melvin and Lucy may also conduct some teaching and research activities in the field, perhaps even on horseback!

Luxurious Rancho Las Cascadas

Unlike most Creative Writing courses, Rancho Las Cascadas offers a luxury experience. Amazingly, this retreat includes absolutely everything (even excursions!).

You just need to focus on YOU and YOUR writing and what you need for that, we’ll take care of the rest! 7 days of writing workshops and individual tuition, evening events, excursions, horses riding, yoga, all meals and drinks and alcohol, luxury accommodation, airport transfers.

All you have to do is turn up with a laptop and a smile and be ready for some Creative Play!

A typical day:

7am – 8am
Early “Writing Ride” with the horses, or yoga session

8am – 9am
Breakfast on the Terrace

9am – 12pm
Morning Creative Writing Workshop – This could be on character, voice, setting, research, plot, dialogue – we will decide on the first night how exactly we should tailor our tuition (depending on what you want!)

Lunch beside the waterfall

1pm – 7pm
Individual Tutorial Slot with the Creative Writing Tutor/s And / or Free Time for writing stories, riding horses, doing yoga, relaxing by the pool, excursion to a local village, getting inspired, sleeping … the choice is yours! Tutor/s may also join in an afternoon ride with the students if time permits

Mexican Dinner

After Dinner
Evening Talk or entertainment

Book Now!

For booking and enquiries, contact Jenny at the Rancho on

If you want to discuss this further please contact Lucy or Melvin through the Mexican Creative Writing Retreat Facebook Page or Lucy direct on

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