Bintan Gift of Creativity Retreat 16-19 November 2018

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Bintan Gift of Creativity Retreat
16-19 November 2018

Make yourself the ultimate creative writing gift:

4 days/3 nights of focused and inspired writing at one of Bintan’s finest 5-star resorts.

This retreat offers ideal conditions to both budding and experienced writers of all genres: a secluded, beautifully landscaped resort set on a private beach; the option of drafting in solitude at your own desk or in the company of others; game-changing workshops and individual tutoring sessions; healthy & delicious fare as well as plenty of opportunities for physical exercise.

Whether you are a writer of poetry, fiction or non-fiction, solid writing time in beautiful environs is the greatest gift you can make to your creative self. With access to comprehensive resources and as much or as little writing guidance as desired, we enable you to create your own optimal retreat experience.

Departing Friday morning
Returning Monday evening

Angsana & Banyan Tree Resorts, Kepulauan Riau, Bintan Island, Indonesia

Number of Participants:    Limited to 15 – book in time to secure your place.

Book latest by:                                31 August 2018

Angsana Suite

The following Gift of Creativity Retreat versions are bookable:

Pure Writing Retreat – SGD 1,500*
(includes 3 nights accommodation in an Angsana Superior Room, ferry & shuttle to hotel, express immigration, use of meeting room for daily drafting, breakfast, 3 lunches, daily breaks with tea/coffee/snacks, use of Wifi and swimming pool)

Writing + Workshops - SGD 1,800*
(includes all of the above + access to 4 carefully prepared writing workshops + access to tai chi and yoga for writers – see details at the bottom of this page)

Personally Coached Retreat – SGD 2,200*
(includes all of the above + access to all workshops + comprehensive personal guidance and daily draft feedback – see details at the bottom of this page)

*Upgrades to Angsana suites,  Banyan Tree villas and room-sharing options are available. Please get in touch for an individual quote.

Please note that while breakfasts and lunches are covered, dinners are not included in the retreat price as we wish to facilitate à la carte dining to our participants.

Private one-on-one coaching sessions can be booked at a rate of 100 SGD / 1 hour.


The Retreat Schedule

Friday: departing on morning ferry (Emerald Class) from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Singapore, welcome drink & check-in, joint lunch, welcome event, optional 2 hrs of quiet writing time, optional dinner with all retreat participants at Lotus Cafe

Saturday: approx. 3-6 hrs writing time, 2 optional writing workshops (morning and afternoon) plus optional Tai Chi for Writers session for those who booked a retreat option including workshops, optional dinner with all retreat participants at Saffron Thai Restaurant

Sunday: approx. 3-6 hrs writing time, 2 optional writing workshops (morning and afternoon) plus optional  Yoga for Writers session for those who booked a retreat option including workshops, optional open air dinner with all retreat participants on the beach (weather permitting)

Monday: morning free for writing or spa treatment, check-out, final shared lunch (at participants’ discretion), return to Singapore by ferry


Accommodation Options

The Gift of Creativity Retreat includes events at the adjacent Angsana and Banyan Tree Resorts. Participants may book accommodation at either resort, according to their personal preference. Transportation by buggy to all retreat events is provided. Retreat events will take place within walking distance of rooms at either resort.

Banyan Villa

Please get in touch if you would like to know about room upgrades via email to:


Quiet Writing Time – what works best for you?

Writers come with all kinds of different writing habits and temperaments. The Gift of Creativity Retreat allows you to decide on a constant basis which kind of environment suits you best to get your drafts down on screen or paper:

In-Room Writing

writing desks
All bookable bedrooms and villas are furnished with comfortable writing desks. Some come with their own study area, terrace or even swimming pool. Set your own hours, enjoy the silence and lack of distractions as well as a view of pool, gardens or the sea. This is the ideal option for seasoned writers who thrive on complete seclusion. Feel free to eat by yourself or join other writers for lunch and dinner.


Focused Writing Sessions

Writing Room

For 4 hours each morning and for 3 hours each afternoon from Friday to Sunday, a joint writing room is available to all retreat participants. Here, you can avail of a comfortable chair and desk as well as electric plugs for your electronic writing devices. Complimentary water, tea, coffee and snacks are also on offer. A session host facilitates distraction-free quiet writing sessions of 50 minutes each. This is the ideal option for all who perform best in a structured, yet social environment.


The Gift of Creativity Workshops

A total of 4 creative writing workshops plus Tai Chi and Yoga for Writers sessions are available to participants who book the Writing + Workshops or the Personally Coached Retreat.


Change your writing game for good: Whether you are only beginning to uncork your creativity or ready to take your writing to the next level, Gift of Creativity workshops address the very core of the artistic process. Think “honeymoon with your muse”!

Workshop options will include:

Un-Blocking the Writer – How to bust big and small creative blockages that afflict even the most productive writers.
Presented by Michelle Ayn Tessensohn (Certified Master Coach, speaker and writer)

Decanting Flash Fiction – Masterclass for beginners and habitual writers of super-short fiction.
Presented by Elaine Chiew (Short Story Author, winner of Bridport Prize)

The Screenplay – Introduction to the Thrill of Writing for Film – S. Mickey Lin (USC School of Cinematic Arts, Annenberg Fellow)

Further workshops presented by Coill coaches:

Out-Witting the Critic
Pushing Your Novel Script
Travel Writing 101

The detailed final workshop programme will be tailored to the needs and desires of participants with the help of preliminary questionnaires. We look forward to hearing about what you would most like to (un-)learn.


Tai Chi and Yoga for Writers

Stiff neck? Blank page? Urgent deadline?

Take away time from the writing desk to add to productivity. Gentle sessions of physical exercise as short as 5 to 10 minutes not only counteract the physical strain of “hunching” over a page or screen – they can help overcome creative blocks and enable you to write from a better place within yourself.

Participants who booked retreat options including workshops are welcome to join our 1-hour Tai Chi and Yoga for Writers sessions on Saturday and Sunday respectively – no prior experience is required. During these session, we will explore a range of simple, enjoyable exercises devised by accredited experts. Their purpose is to stimulate the circulation and thus oxygenate the brain, open up the chest and shoulder area, provide relief to the spine and help to bring kindness and mindfulness to the writing process.

More often than not, a step away from the sentence and into self-loving movement can get you unstuck. If you are aiming to up your writing hours, a fun and safe practice is your ideal companion and safeguard against the physical issues common among professional writers.

Tai Chi and Yoga for Writers

If you are looking for a more active workout, the Angsana and Banyan Tree Resorts offer you the opportunity of swimming in a beautifully designed pool or the sea as well as golfing, biking and various water sports.


To find out pricing for your ideal retreat version and to officially register, please send an email to:

I will then provide you with all booking options and payment details. I look forward to chatting to you about what you would most like to gain from this retreat and where you wish to go with your writing.


Overview of Retreat Options

Included in all Retreat Options:

  • 3 nights accommodation in an Angsana Superior Room (upgrades available)
  • Bintan Resort Ferries return ticket, Emerald class, including express immigration
  • shuttles to and from ferry as well as between retreat venues
  • access to shared writing room, including water, tea, coffee, snacks
  • 3 light & healthy lunches (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) – together with other participants or as room-service version
  • Wifi in rooms and throughout both resorts
  • use of your resort’s swimming pool(s) (Angsana or Banyan Tree)
  • access to private beach

Components of all 3 retreat versions in detail:

Pure Writing Retreat

  • substantial daily writing slots
  • option of in-room writing at your own desk
  • option of shared writing room to keep you on track
  • opportunity to mingle and socialise with other writers

Writing + Workshops

  • substantial daily writing slots
  • option of in-room writing at your own desk
  • access to shared writing room
  • access to 4 creative writing workshops of 2 hrs each
  • access to Tai Chi and Yoga for Writers sessions of 1 hr each

Personally Coached Retreat

  • substantial daily writing slots
  • option of in-room writing at your own desk
  • access to shared writing room
  • access to 4 creative writing workshops of 2 hrs each
  • access to Tai Chi and Yoga for Writers sessions of 1 hr each
  • get-to-know talk preceding retreat
  • writing prompts & exercises during retreat, as desired
  • 1 x 1 hour personal coaching session during retrat
  • 2 x written feedback to drafts of up to 1,000 words produced during retreat

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.

I look forward to sharing the Gift of Creativity with you!



Testimonials & Impressions
from Previous Coill Workshops/Retreats

I really liked it. It was great to bond with new friends, have fun without the family around, and have a peaceful environment, surrounded by like-minded people to write and brainstorm. 

I liked that I just had to show up with my passport and a bit of money and everything was taken care of.

I was quite proud of myself to be honest. I spend more time than I thought plotting or writing. So it was a successful experience for me.




















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