Finish Your Book

Writing retreats around the world. Virtual retreats and intensives anywhere. Bespoke events for writing groups.

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Publishing & Craft Intensive | May 16-21 2021
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Virtual Intensives

Build craft, community and career with 5-day intensives in Publishing, Craft, Novel and Memoir. Join from any quiet location with internet access. All classes, workshops and community time happen via Zoom. We'll send a Do Not Disturb sign for your door.

All sessions are recorded for you to review or refresh in the 30 days after the intensive.

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Whole-book Retreats

Don't know where to start? Lost your creative direction in the middle? Worried you'll never finish this crazy project? Includes a full manuscript evaluation and Work Plan, focused writing time with one-on-one editorial feedback, and a post-retreat check-in to keep you moving.

Travel retreats to resume when safe. Virtual retreats as scheduled.

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Bespoke Writing Events

Work with Allison to create a workshop or retreat for your writing group. Writing craft, traditional and self-publishing, essay creation, pitching and querying are all fair game. Guest teachers are available for special topics. Get in touch about your needs!

Bespoke events must be planned minimum six months in advance.

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Upcoming Retreats & Intensives

Not a vacation. A transformation.
"Allison, working with you and the retreat have totally transformed me
as a last, I know where I'm going with this book."

Amy Evrard Young

Your Guides

Allison K Williams and Dinty W. Moore
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From idea to novel, proposal to memoir, first draft to first royalties, Allison K Williams brings deep understanding of dramatic structure, sensitivity to voice and theme, technical expertise, and contagious enthusiasm for your work.

Allison has edited and coached writers to deals with Penguin Random House, Knopf, Mantle, Spencer Hill, St. Martin’s and independent presses. She’s guided essayists to publication in the New Yorker, Time, the Guardian, the New York Times, McSweeney’s and TED Talks. As Social Media Editor for Brevity, she inspires thousands of writers with blogs on craft and the writing life.

Allison is the author of Get Published in Literary Magazines and Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro From Blank Page to Book (March 2021, Woodhall Press). A former circus performer, Allison has written for NPR, CBC, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction, McSweeney’s, Kenyon Review Online and Travelers’ Tales.

photo of Dinty W. Moore

A direct, honest and supportive teacher known for his ability to draw out meaning in memoir, Dinty W. Moore is author of The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir and the memoir Between Panic & Desire among many other books.

Dinty has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Arts & Letters, The Normal School and elsewhere. A former professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University, he serves as Editor-in-Chief for Brevity, a noted online journal of flash nonfiction.

Dinty consults regularly with authors and publishers on book proposals and revisions, many going on to publish with Big Five houses and university presses. A well-known and popular workshop leader, he has led workshops in Spain, Scotland, Ireland, Mexico, and throughout the United States.

Revive Your Intention. Build Momentum.
"...reinvigorated my writing habit. I left the intensive feeling more
in tune with my writing goals and intentions, excited for my various projects
and with more tools under my belt to accomplish them."

Scott Russell Morris

The Rebirth Experience

From idea to novel | proposal to memoir
lone author to literary citizen

Intensives feature MFA-level craft workshops to sharpen your writing, and frank, professional publishing talk. You'll get specific, sit-down-and-do-it strategies to finish a sellable book.

Retreats include pre-arrival manuscript evaluation with direct, constructive feedback, a coaching session and a customized Work Plan. On location, you'll have daily guidance and one-on-one sessions. A follow-up coaching session helps you sustain momentum at home.

Intensives offer small-group connection time and facilitated networking. Enrollment of about 40 writers dramatically expands your literary community and ensures you'll find likeminded others in your genre.

Retreats create strong bonds within a small group. To allow personal coaching and specific editorial feedback, enrollment is limited to 6 writers per retreat leader.

Each morning, writers set intentions for this reserved time, then work individually in shared spaces. Post-writing check-ins may include short readings, but this is not a "workshop." Retreat leaders provide individual guidance as needed. It's like writing at your favorite cafe—with your personal editor on-call.

Dedicated time helps you focus.

Direct, specific feedback helps you write better.

Rebirth Your Book combines a retreat environment with personal editorial assistance. You'll have a work plan to start writing on day one.

Rebirth Your Writing intensives reboot your writing practice while sharing professional publishing information and faciliting literary community.

Retreats include editorial feedback on your whole manuscript and one-on-one coaching time before, during and after the retreat.

Intensives offer optional one-on-one time for editorial feedback, platform strategy, or book proposal evaluation.

Rebirth Your Book retreats happen in beautiful, culturally rich locations with great local food and a calm, supportive writing environment. Each retreat includes energy-boosting excursions to heritage sites and outdoor activities.

As much as we love travel retreats, "re-entry" is always tough. Virtual Rebirth Intensives happen in your regular writing place, helping you create a sustainable practice within your daily life.

Individual attention. Spontaneous connections.
Days spent in community with other writers, working, eating, chatting
and relaxing surrounded by gorgeous views. After my manuscript revision,
an agent who had given me a 'Revise & Resubmit' offered to represent me!"

Karen Fine, DVM
Not Ready to Rebirth?
Schedule the consultation your writing career needs, or address a specific project
  • Office Hours
  • Editorial Coaching
  • Platform & Social Media Strategy
  • Short-Project Editing
  • Full Manuscript Editing (very limited availability)
  • Pitch Development
  • Query/Synopsis Editing
  • Memoir Proposal Editing

Frequently Asked Questions

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Rebirth Your Book retreats focus on whole-book transformation: from your head to the page, from pile of material to full draft, or from draft to finished manuscript. Writers receive full manuscript evaluations and hands-on editorial feedback. When travel is safe, retreats take place around the world and include food, lodging and excursions.

Rebirth Your Writing Intensives are like virtual writing conferences, with craft talks, writing exercises, and in-depth talks on writing and publishing topics. Writers can also add on individual editorial time.

Bespoke events are custom-planned personal retreats for your writing group. We work together to design a plan of editorial feedback, group seminars, workshops, and writing time that fits your needs. Bespoke events can be virtual, or live when travel is safe.


  • You DON'T need a degree in writing (or anything else!).
  • You DON'T need previous publication credits.
  • You ARE ready for direct and specific feedback about your work.
  • You're writing in English, because we aren't fluent enough to edit in any other language.

To give each writer the specific attention their full manuscript needs, retreats with two leaders are limited to ten writers; retreats with one leader are limited to six writers.

Intensives follow a "conference" format, with whole-group seminars and small-group discussions for about forty participants. One-on-one editorial time is also available as an add-on.

For travel events, see FAQs on the individual retreat webpages for specific notes about the venue's accessibility.

For all virtual events, closed-captioning is provided for all teaching sessions. We're happy to work with technology you might need to fully experience the retreat.

Allison & Dinty have (between them) worked with writers who are d/Deaf, hearing-impaired, blind, visually-impaired, neuro-atypical and with physical disabilities. We want to work with you—let's discuss how to make it an excellent experience.

Everyone works on their own, with the energy of a shared live or virtual writing space. At the beginning of each session, we set our intentions for the day. Afterwards, we check in on how our writing went.

  • At a Retreat, you'll have a specific Work Plan for your Writing In Company time throughout the week.
  • During an Intensive, You might develop the day's generated writing or work on an existing project.

As Allison says, "If I'm writing with a buddy and I start to get bored or frustrated, I look up and think, I can't quit now—she's still going!"

Rebirth Your Book Retreats

Whole-Book Work

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Some writers bring early or later drafts for revision; others arrive with an idea and notes. If your work is still very much in-progress, we'll use the retreat to generate as much of a draft as possible. In that case, the manuscript evaluation will happen after the retreat and guide you into the next draft.

You do not need a book in progress for Intensives.

Not in retreats. While reading group members' work in advance and noting points for discussion is a valuable practice, it's not what we're doing here. Your focus is on your book.

For retreats, each writer's full draft (or pile of material or proposal) is read before arrival. You'll get an editorial letter with feedback on concept, voice, themes, plot, story, character and craft.

In a pre-retreat coaching session, we'll discuss your work and what you want to accomplish during the retreat, and set out a specific Work Plan.

During the retreat, you'll have a scheduled one-on-one meeting to discuss your work-in-progress, your writing and your publication goals.

Throughout travel retreats we'll have plenty of casual chatting time. In virtual retreats, we have cafe time for group chat, and breakout sessions are available with retreat leaders during Writing In Company.

After returning home, you'll have another coaching session to check in and address questions or new challenges as you finish your draft.

In Italy, India and Costa Rica, a friend or family member age 16+ sharing your room pays a companion fee of about 1/3 the writer's fee. Their trip will include lodging, group meals and activities, local tours and airport transfers.

Pairs of writing friends often enjoy Rebirth Your Book together; solo writers make lasting connections.

In Lancaster, our lodging is limited to only participating writers. Due to local regulations, Dubai is only open to women writers.

Airport transfers and group excursions are always included in travel retreats. See individual retreat pages for specifics.

Rebirth Your Writing Intensives

Virtual "Conferences"

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Your own computer and internet connection.

Our first day includes a Zoom orientation. We'll cover how to participate verbally and in chat, how to spend time with your fellow writers in breakout rooms, and what options you have for questions and communication with Dinty and Allison.

All teaching sessions will be closed-captioned. If you have accessibility concerns, let us know. We'll work with whatever technology you need to make the virtual intensive work for you.

Allison and Dinty have (between them) worked with writers who are d/Deaf, hearing-impaired, blind, visually-impaired, neuro-atypical and with physical disabilities. We want to work with you—let's discuss how to make it an excellent experience.

Morning sessions focus on a specific element of writing craft. A prompt carries us into Writing In Company time, where writers can generate new writing, or choose to work on an existing project.

Bespoke Events for Your Group

Create the Retreat You Need

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Suitable for existing writing groups, this is a create-your-own program for single-day or multi-day events.

You'll work with Allison to determine the right mix of editing, workshopping, publishing seminars and writing craft learning time, tailored to your group.

Bespoke writing events must be planned a minimum of six months in advance.

Price depends on whether the event is travel or virtual, how many days, and if individual manuscripts are edited/workshopped.

Bespoke events usually cost per person in the same range as a retreat of similar length. (Check Lancaster for a four-day retreat; Italy or Costa Rica for a week-long event)

Bespoke writing events must be planned a minimum of six months in advance.

Booking & Payment

Let's Work with Your Budget

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We accept Venmo, Zelle, Canadian e-Transfers, US checks, Paypal, and credit cards via PayPal.

All retreats and intensives offer payment plans; we're happy to work with a plan that's right for you!

Rebirth Your Book participates in AWP's Kurt Brown Prize, which awards $500 each year to emerging writers in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. Winners and six finalists also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP. For more information, visit the AWP website.

For retreats and intensives, If you are unable to attend and we can fill your place from the waitlist, we will refund your tuition on a pro-rated basis. Please see individual event pages for details.

For travel retreats, we strongly recommend travel & trip-cancellation insurance.

Due to the limited number of add-on editorial consultations, add-ons are non-refundable. Your balance can be applied to a future Rebirth Your Book event or to regularly priced editorial services.

Refunds will be sent within 30 days of receipt of notice of cancellation.

Rebirth Your Book reserves the right to cancel the retreat in the event of civil unrest, natural disaster or Act of God. In the event of cancellation of the retreat in its entirety, you will receive a full refund of any fees paid. You agree to release Rebirth Your Book and its agents and/or representatives from any liability, including consequential expenses you may have incurred in planning to attend. We will provide you with documentation to support a claim to your travel insurance provider for flights and other expenses not paid to Rebirth Your Book.

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