Batam Fiction Writing Retreat 12-15 October 2018


Intensive Fiction Writing Retreat
on Batam Island from 12 – 15 October 2018

This retreat turns an XXL weekend into fantastic results for committed writers of fiction. Whether you intend to pick up effective drafting and editing tools from professional guest speakers, churn out a stack of chapters for your novel project or push through with a tricky short story – this is your place. Join the buzz and profit from the knowledge of our experienced coaches as well as from a group of like-minded, dedicated writers capable of giving you quality feedback.

Departing Friday evening
Returning Monday evening

Place:                      Batam Holiday Inn, Waterfront, Batam Island, Indonesia

Sign up by:            31 August 2018


The following workshop versions are available:

Pure Writing Retreat – SGD 750*
(includes 3 nights accommodation in Single Superior Room within a Twin Suite, breakfast, ferry & shuttle to hotel, use of meeting room for daily drafting, use of Wifi and swimming pool)

Writing + Workshops - SGD 1,100*
(includes all of the above + access to a variety of hands-on workshops and draft shares – see below)

Personally Coached Retreat – SGD 1,400*
(includes all of the above + access to all workshops and draft shares + personal guidance and draft feedback during the retreat – see below)

*A Single Suite surcharge of 120 SGD in total applies, if you wish NOT to share a suite with another participant. Shared suites come with separate bedrooms – including one en-suite, one regular bathroom.
Food other than breakfast is not included in the retreat price – allowing you to choose where and what to eat at any given point. However, all participants are welcome to join à-la-carte meals on each night.
Please get in touch about any room upgrade wishes.

Batam Room & Pool smaller

For an early bird reduction of 15% book before 15 September 2016.

To register simply send an email to:

and I will provide you with payment details and options!

The Hands-On Approach

Workshops during the Batam Intensive Fiction Writing Retreat are suitable to both writers of longer and shorter fiction. They are run on the basis of 3 principles: learning from the great masters of fiction; hands-on writing time so you can explore new techniques on the page; immediate feedback to those who are happy to receive it. Our goal is to provide you with new insights and techniques, even if you have already participated in other workshops and worked your way through various creative writing books. However, complete newbies are also welcome.

Workshop options include:

Fiction Self-Editing – Structure & Style
The Crux: Merging Plot & Sub-Plot
Novel-Pitching Do’s & Don’ts
Character Conflict & Evolution
The Magic of Metaphor

Special highlight will be the session on “Overcoming Writer’s Block” facilitated by Michelle Ayn Tessensohn (Certified Master Coach, speaker and writer), addressing the big and small creative blockages that afflict even the most productive writers.

The final retreat workshop programme will be determined on the basis of what the majority of participants request. During the workshops, you will be given the option to either produce fresh material or apply discussed techniques to a current fiction project.




Components of all 3 workshop versions in detail:

Pure Writing Retreat

  • substantial daily writing slots
  • access to shared writing room to keep you on track
  • opportunity to mingle and socialise with other writers over meals and in the evening
  • option to book one-on-one sessions with writing coach

Writing + Workshops

  • substantial daily writing slots
  • access to shared writing room
  • access to a total of 4 fiction workshops of 2 hrs each on challenges such as plotting, voice writing, character development, self-editing, synopsis/pitch writing – to be determined by your requests and guest speaker specialisation
  • access to evening draft shares

Personally Coached Retreat

  • substantial daily writing slots
  • access to shared writing room
  • access to all workshops and draft shares
  • get-to-know talk preceding retreat
  • writing prompts & exercises during retreat, if desired
  • 1 personal session with a guest speaker or coach
  • 2 x feedback on up to 1,000 words each produced during the retreat

On Demand

Additional personal one-on-one coaching sessions can be booked at 80 SGD / hour – send a draft in advance for optimal results.

Retreat Schedule

Friday: morning ferry to Batam, check-in, welcome drink, access to writing room, evening draft share, Indonesian dinner with everybody

Saturday: 3-6 hrs writing time, 2 optional workshops for those who booked them, evening draft share, Thai dinner with everybody

Sunday: 3-6 hrs writing time,  2 optional workshops for those who booked them, evening draft share, Theppanyaki dinner with everybody

Monday: 3 hrs in-room writing time, check-out, return to Singapore by ferry

I am happy to answer any questions about the retreat – just email me at and I will get back to you as quickly as I can.

Hope to see you on Batam!


Testimonials and Impressions from the 2015 Batam Retreat

Great value for money and I would defo recommend it.

I had a blast and I found this first writing retreat very successful and promising!

I will definitely be going to another retreat. I felt like I connected with every single person on the [Batam] retreat.

Thank you Marion once again for organizing this retreat! I had a great time! 
















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