Writing Retreats in Mexico

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with Writing Coach and Author of Writing with Cold Feet and The A to Zen of Writing,

Kathrin Lake

Annually: Last week in January  or   Middle week of February, outside Manzanillo, Mexico.

2015:  Jan. 26 – Feb. 1  or  Feb. 16 – 22


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rooftop 300x225 Writing Retreats in Mexico“I got my passion for writing back and what I accomplished is both valuable and sellable … Kathrin as a facilitator is extraordinary and for me personally gave me exactly what I was looking for. …the group was great, and we contributed and  supported each other (so important)!”

Read more testimonials below…


Ellen 225x300 Writing Retreats in Mexico“I got my passion for writing back and what I accomplished is both valuable and sellable… the group was great, and we contributed and  supported each other (so important !). The town was great and rustic. Loved the people. Loved the food. Loved the weather.  Kathrin as a facilitator is extraordinary and for me personally gave me exactly what I was looking for.  Confidence… Coaching on how to have my dialogue and the “gory” scenes work.  Also great coaching on next steps for getting an agent and a publisher.  The retreat was  basically everything I wanted and more!” 

- Ellen Chauvet, When Darkness Falls


julie 233x300 Writing Retreats in Mexico“The town is a really good choice for the retreat. The timing – mid Feb – worked 
well, too, and I appreciate the flexibility of being able to attend for just 
one week. The accommodation was perfect, and you really gave a lot of attention 
to detail. I finished a novel, and already have the first chapters and synopsis agent-ready! So, the retreat worked for me. I would never have finished the 
novel without the kind of support we had – I could write all day, then meet up 
with people, so I never got lonely!” - Julie H (published author)


jacquie 228x300 Writing Retreats in Mexico“I really enjoyed the whole experience.  Being a part of a group of writers who share a common goal was a valuable experience that yielded new contacts and connections that I treasure.  To me, the town was a little scruffy, but felt safe and comfortable fairly soon after arrival and seemed a good choice for such an event, especially because of the familiarity and friendships.  Kathrin and Jim were great hosts, warm and personable, offering suggestions for activities and creating a bond between the participants by providing opportunities for the group to socialize together while allowing freedom for individual options.  As a facilitator, Kathrin was insightful, and helpful, and kept the classes interesting.”   – Jacquelyn Johnston


kelly 290x300 Writing Retreats in Mexico“I thought the town was a friendly place, and I felt completely safe there, even at night.  I also appreciated the apartment being so central. Kathrin’s guidance was extremely helpful, especially in the areas of character development.  Asking me what my characters were like made me realize they needed more meat on their bones.  I enjoyed the writing exercises in our class too. Jim and Kathrin were excellent hosts.  ….Thank you for the delicious meals you prepared for us and the recommendations you gave for restaurants (Mexico Lindo’s was my favourite).” 

– Kelly Madden

The Retreats Include:

  • Group Classes in writing and publishing
  • One-on-one Coaching in writing and publishing
  • Accommodation Choices
  • Social Events and networking with writers
  • Readings
  • Guided fun events (everyone goes on the boat tour!)
  • Some evening meals and snacks

1 week retreats (7-day)

January 26 – Feb 1  = $597 per person – 15% off with early bird booking

February 16 – 22 = $597 per person – 15% off with early bird booking

NOW $507  when you book before December. 30th

A confirmed schedule will be sent to participants well in advance.

Accommodation is chosen in advance from economy apartments and rooms starting at $35/night, to mid-range suites in or beside the retreat house, and hotel service. Participants can join us early and stay beyond retreat dates as they wish. Flights to Manzanillo and ground travel to the retreat house and accommodations are arranged by the participants (many use their points).

Writing Retreat in Mexico — Reservation

$200 deposit Reserves Your Accommodation and spot at the early bird price. Fully refundable up to 45 days before the retreat. Balance due by December 15th for January retreat and January 2nd for February retreat. More questions? Call 778-300-5152 and we will return your call promptly.

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I Want to Write a Book Retreat

Kathrin Lakeis an author and speaker who has over 20 years experience teaching writing to adults and coaching speakers and authors. Kathrin is an award winning playwright, former newspaper editor and has helped hundreds of people write their first published works, and helped many more get over their fears and procrastination around writing and speaking. You may find her books on Amazon. 

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“Every Winter, usually in mid February, I take people on a retreat to my beautiful small town in Mexico to show them how to start to take their dream out of the box and write their book.”  - Kathrin Lake

Please request our information or e-brochure outlining a schedule, a typical day, and other details by emailing us at registration@vancouverschoolofwriting.com  and put “Retreats” in the subject line, adding a contact phone number is also appreciated.

OR Phone: 778-300-5152 and we will return your call promptly.

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  • You will be writing and be able to get your project well on its way to completion
  • You will be taught great techniques
  • You will learn about the latest in publishing and how to be successful in the new Amazon age of publishing
  • You will gain new ways of thinking to help you through blocks
  • You will have fresh material that excites you
  • You will get clarity and organization
  • You will be shown how to and share your stories through an impactful story format
  • You will get coaching on your book, character development, etc.
  • You will have a plan
  • You will be suffused with the beauty of Mexico
  • You will share fearlessly and proudly

Assured Accommodation

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WAS $55 / night NOW $35 / night

If you don’t want a private apartment and want to upgrade, more expensive and full service hotel accommodation is readily available with pool and all usual amenities.


We recommend you use your points to get best values on a return flight to Manzanillo. The retreat is in a coastal town to the north of the airport that is a taxi ride away. For best values without points, try selloffvacations.com (go to discount airfares tab), Alaska Airlines, or Air Transat or for Canadians redtag.ca.


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Some evening meals will be provided given at the Retreat House and snacking food and refreshments during classes. Other evening meals and readings are enjoyed at the many excellent restaurant choices around the corner. We prefer to move the evening meal around and you can also have the fun of discovering your own favorites within a comfortable walking distance. The apartments have kitchenettes allowing those who want to cook for themselves to do so. In Mexico, food at restaurants is generally much cheaper and there are no taxes. For evening meals we may have some reservations and discounted group rates for a full meal and drinks, like at our final farewell dinner. At restaurants, you should allow for hearty breakfasts to cost = $2-$5, lunch = $3-$6 and dinner = $8-$15. Allow for street vendor tacos which are hot and fresh and you get 4 for about $2.

Writing Retreat in Mexico — Reservation

$200 deposit for Annual Mexico Writing Retreat in January or February.
Reserves your accommodation and spot at the early bird price.  Balance due by January 2nd for February retreat. More questions? Call 778-300-5152 and we will return your call promptly.

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Other Opportunities:

  • Boat, Fishing, Snorkeling or other Tours
  • Shopping! Great arts and crafts! Weekly open air markets!
  • Beach is free and you can walk to the next town on it in about about 45 minutes
  • Booze is cheap and bars are relaxed
  • Clubs and bars often have live music, no cover charge unless a charity event
  • The infamous Mexican Drag Queen Show at “Bar Siboney”
  • Taxis to neighboring towns are inexpensive
  • See the crocodile sanctuary one hour away in another town via taxi


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You will be invited on a boat tour!






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