Writing competition – win a dream retreat

Writing competition time – pen 500 words to score a dream writers’ break

Writing competition time. Humour us at Writing Retreat Bali. Send your seriously playful story, script, news article, poem or blog to earn your place as our special guest on this awe-inspiring writers’ break. Read on to see how you could join six writing pro’s for a life-changing week of expert mentoring, workshops, writing tools, 1-2-1’s and creative wordsmithery.



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Writing competition prize

One cunning word slinger can attend the whole week at Writing Retreat Bali as our very special guest. Are you the next J.K. Rowling, Quentin Tarantino, Maya Angelou or Hunter S. Thompson? If so, we think you deserve to be flexing your vowels on retreat. Your writer’s prize includes all six workshops, your accommodation in a luxury eco-hut, a week’s worth of delicious Balinese breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a 60 minute 1-2-1 with your preferred professional writer from our faculty. Dreaming yet?

Learn, write, share and grow

So fill your writing toolbox, develop new links, pen fresh material, share your words for valuable critique and expand your portfolio. All in the abundant wonder of jungle-y Ubud. Perfect.

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What’s the retreat format?

Each morning, rise early with the chirping birds and head to the yoga deck if that tickles your pickle. Deliciousness will be prepared for you in the organic kitchen before a rich morning writers’ workshop. With an afternoon writing exercise, you’ll be able to share ideas over lunch before breaking-out to put pen to paper. Gathering later, there’s chance to share, feedback and discuss your creations before free-time and a divine dinner.


Different day – different writer

Celebrated novelists, AFI nominated screenwriter, New York Times Journalist, BBC Radio Verb New Voice and Copywriter to global brands. We’ve an inspiring lineup at Writing Retreat Bali.

Dig For Meaning with Author, Johanna Elomaa – write novels from the soul

Write Screen Heroes with Screenwriter, Stephen Davis – scripting heroic arcs

Sell Your Story with Journalist, Nathan A. Thompson – how to pitch to news editors

Find Your Voice with Novelist, Clare Fisher – play with narrative position

Wax Lyrical with Poet, Andy Craven-Griffiths – poeticize with pizzazz

Get Commercially Savvy with Copywriter, Collette Davis – craft words for studios and brands


Seriously Playful Writers

Finesse your novel, plot your screenplay, sell your news story, get poetic and boss your Copywriting portfolio. Or writers will impart books-full of wisdom, mistakes, opportunity and insight. Down-to-earth, buckets-of-fun, and deadly serious stuff for writers, and from writers, whose word is king.

Stay On For The Ubud Writers Festival

Between 15 – 22 October 2019, our writing retreat will inspire novels, screenplays, poems, news media articles and a new breed of creative Copywriters. Perfectly timed – just before the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival – the trip gives you the chance to retreat and then grab South East Asia’s leading festival of words.

Writing retreat in a conscious Balinese village

Win this writing competition and you’ll join us at Bali Swasti, an Eco-Retreat in Ubud. Just by Monkey Forest, typical Javan wood huts provide a comfortable and inspiring base to sleep, eat, heal, read and write. Food is prepared lovingly from the on-site kitchen with much coming from the nourished and healthy soil in the organic garden. Can it get any better? Yes, actually.


Jaw-Dropping Bali

Volcanic and majestic Mount Agung, vivid jungle, postcard waterfalls and gratitude all around. Bali is one of life’s bucket-listers. If you plan to hang around beyond the retreat for the UWRF – or just to sightsee – we can show you all the unmissables.

Afternoons to Write and Relax

After lunch, sunny afternoons will be free to chill, muse, mingle and write around the pool or head into Ubud. You’ll re-group before an evening meal to share your creations and feedback as a group. Deadly serious but absolutely playful, you’ll learn lots and have a super time doing it.


How to enter

One lucky winner will join us as our special writing retreat guest. Receive full access including all of the six-day workshops, your accommodation in an eco-hut, breakfast, lunch and dinner for the duration of the retreat and a one-hour 1-2-1 with the writer of your choice.

To enter, submit a maximum of 500 seriously playful words. Choose your format from short story, script, news article, poem or blog, but your entry must transmit a theme of courage. Please include your name, date of birth, where in the world you live and an email address with your entry.

Deliver entries by email to: alsolost@foundforwords.com

Writing competition rules on entry

We aren’t big on rules but we thought it was only fair to put a line in the sand so you know what’s what.

The competition deadline is 16th June 2019

The competition closes on 17th June at 00:01 GMT

Entry is free

One entry person

Entries will be judged anonymously

The judges decision is final

Submissions in English

Work must be original and unpublished anywhere. All entrants agree to their works being published, either in print or online after the winner is selected

Entrants must be 16 or over on the first day of the retreat

The prize does not include air fare to Bali or airport transfers

The prize is valid for one person to attend. If the winner wants a room upgrade or to bring a guest, then this is possible at the normal rates.

Good luck

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