ATTENTION WRITERS! IT’S TIME TO UNPLUG AND HEAD TO WRITERS CAMP.
Writers Camp takes place just outside of the small coastal town of Todos Santos on the Baja Peninsula, nestled at the base of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains. You’ll stay at Pachamama, the most unique, boutique, luxury glamping resort in Mexico.
Engage in writing exercises with a New York Times bestselling author, learn about the craft of writing and publishing avenues, and share your work with your fellow campers around a nightly bonfire.
Writers Camp is not all about work. This immersive, all-inclusive experience includes everything from gourmet meals and margaritas to massages on the beach. Simply arrive at the San Jose del Cabo airport on June 19th. We’ll meet you at the airport and take care of the rest.
Writers Camp is for both aspiring writers and established authors alike, though space is extremely limited.
Not your typical all-inclusive.
Have you ever been to one of those all-inclusive vacation spots with too many people, mass-produced food, and watered-down drinks? This isn’t that. Writers Camp includes world-class margaritas (or whatever your drink of choice may be), gourmet food, and a unique, private setting with killer views. The entire resort will be dedicated to Writers Camp.
Egos are checked at the door.
If you don’t have an MFA… or if you do… great. Whether you’ve published many books or are just starting out… great. Writers Camp is not about keeping score, flaunting accolades, or comparing sales data. We all have challenges and we all need a time out. Your only competition at Writers Camp is you. We’ll help you get out of your own way, find inspiration, and tap into your inner drive.
No one is lost in the crowd.
Writers Camp accommodates a maximum of 28 writers. Before you arrive, we learn about your writing, your goals, and the challenges you face. The experience is tailored to address your specific situation and provide you with a clear roadmap for moving forward.
Everyone has a voice.
You’ll have an opportunity to share your work at our nightly bonfires. Or not, it’s up to you. But we’re confident that you’ll find Writers Camp to be a safe and encouraging environment.
Not your typical conference.
Yes, we’ll write. We’ll have writing exercises and writing time. We’ll also have massages on the beach and a variety of classes: yoga, cooking, art, tequila tasting (that counts as a class, right?). Writers Camp is guaranteed to be unlike any writers gathering you’ve attended.
Space is limited. Secure your spot.
Where and when do we fly in to?
The airport you fly into is Los Cabos International Airport, the airport code is SJD. Plan on arriving on June 19th and departing on June 23rd. If you want to arrive earlier and/or stay later, you have that option, though you would then be responsible for your own transportation to/from Todos Santos.
Do I need a passport?
Yes, and be sure that your passport is not set to expire within 6 months of your travel dates.
Does the resort have internet and cell phone reception?
It’s time to unplug! We know how important it is to stay connected, but try to use this time for yourself and as a brief respite from technology. There is limited service onsite. We do not guarantee internet and cell phone reception at Pachamama, however, our cell phones work just fine on the property. Contact your carrier before travel to verify rates and/or travel plans for Mexico.
How do we get from the airport to the retreat?
Your driver will be waiting for you outside the airport terminal. Please retrieve your luggage and then clear customs. As you are ready to exit the terminal take the right hand door to the public transportation area (groups exit), please exit the terminal towards the parking lot and look for your driver carrying a sign with your name on it at umbrella #5.
I’m nervous about Mexico, is this area safe?
Todos Santos is a small, artsy town on the Pacific coast, well away from the border and big cities of Mexico. We have family and friends who have lived in Todos Santos for over 20 years for a reason, they love it and consider it very safe and welcoming. Plus, you’ll be with us! So there is nothing to worry about.
Should I bring cash? What currency?
You may want cash for buying souvenirs or gifts, but you don’t necessarily need to exchange it. Many of the local vendors will negotiate prices in American dollars anyway. There are ATMs located in town if needed, and be sure to tell your bank your travel dates so they don’t put a freeze on your card.
What should I bring?
Keep it simple. No special equipment or clothing required. Sandals, clothes for 5 days, swim suit, sun glasses, personal items. We will provide bug spray, towels, and sunscreen. All of the rooms at Pachamama are stocked with soap, shampoo, and conditioner. This is a great opportunity to pack light!
Are genre writers welcome? What if I’m not published?
Though many writing exercises are geared toward memoir/personal essay, we find that genre and fiction writers have little trouble adapting those exercises to their current projects. Writers of all levels are welcome, both established and aspiring.
What if I have food allergies?
No problem, our chefs can accommodate any allergies or dietary needs. We will gather extensive information regarding your preferences before the retreat.
What if I don’t want to participate in a scheduled camp activity?
Prior to the event we will try to get to know more about you to see if there are certain activities you would prefer to do and not do. From there we build in activities that we feel will best deliver an awesome experience for you and the group. Don’t worry, we don’t do anything weird or extreme. There is built in writing time and there will be fun group activities and experiences that we’ll encourage you to participate in, but it’s always up to you if you want to join.
What is your cancellation policy?
To reserve your spot you’ll need to put down a 50% deposit. The remaining balance is due by April 19th (two months prior to the start of the retreat). If you cancel before April 19th, 50% of your deposit will be refunded and the remaining amount can be applied to one of our future retreats. If you cancel after April 19th, you will receive a 25% refund on your payment and 50% of your payment can be used as a credit on one of our future retreats. If you cancel after May 19th, you’ll receive a 50% credit to one of our future events.
Can you help me get published and/or make my book a bestseller?
At Writers Camp we share our experiences and knowledge, our successes and our setbacks. Some of that knowledge will come from published and bestselling authors. That does not mean that you will walk away with a magic wand. Everyone’s path is different. Instead of focusing on publication and/or bestseller status, we encourage you to tap into your creativity, identify your writing goals moving forward, and focus on connecting with your reader.
Is this the same as a writers conference?
No. Writers Camp is as much about unplugging, relaxing, and experiencing the beauty of a magical place as it is about writing. Balancing out our writing exercises are activities that center around other forms of creativity (cooking, art). In addition, Writers Camp is a unique way to experience Mexico - in a small group exploring the hidden gems of Todos Santos as opposed to the typical tourist route.
What if I still have questions?
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