Authors at Large’s (AAL) six-night writing retreat in Hua Hin, Thailand will be led by co-founder Xu Xi.  She will be joined by two award-winning authors — the Thai-American nonfiction/ fiction writer & poet  Ira Sukrungruang and the New York genre fiction editor & mystery writer Chantelle Aimée Osman.  Hua Hin is located on Thailand’s southern coast and is where Thai Royalty summers.  It is close to many interesting cultural and natural sights, including waterfalls, temples and vineyards.  We are hosting the retreat once again at Ba’an Thai Private Villas.

Ba’an Thai Villas are located on a private soi - a short walk to the beach 

Ba’an Thai Villas are located on a private soi - a short walk to the beach 

Retreat Schedule

The retreat begins upon arrival on Thursday evening May 31 with a welcome reception and dinner at the Ba’an Thai Cafe.  Mornings are reserved for private writing time.  Workshops occur each afternoon from 2 to 5:30 pm where 2 to 3 manuscripts may be discussed.  In the evenings we gather for informal salons where participants are encouraged (but are certainly not required) to give readings of their works.  The authors will lead sessions on writing craft and engage in conversations about publishing and the writing life.

The Writing Workshop  

AAL will offer three workshops at this retreat - in NON FICTION (memoirs, essays) with Ira Sukrungruang, FICTION (novels, short stories) with Xu Xi & GENRE FICTION (sci fi, fantasy, mystery) with Chantelle Aimée Osman.  All workshops will require a manuscript submission.

Room rates include a daily buffet breakfast and both the welcome and farewell dinners, served at the Ba’an Thai Cafe at the entrance to the private soi.

Room rates include a daily buffet breakfast and both the welcome and farewell dinners, served at the Ba’an Thai Cafe at the entrance to the private soi.

Living room in the villas where workshops are held

Living room in the villas where workshops are held

Each villa has four ensuite bedrooms and participants may choose either the larger suite or standard smaller room.

Each villa has four ensuite bedrooms and participants may choose either the larger suite or standard smaller room.

The villas all have an outdoor porch overlooking the swimming pool and garden

The villas all have an outdoor porch overlooking the swimming pool and garden

TO APPLY

Please send either a fiction or nonfiction manuscript of between 1,500 to 2,000 words to aalauthors@gmail.com.  There is no charge to apply.  Current and former AAL clients need not apply and may register for the retreat at this link.  (note:  former writing students of Robin Hemley or Xu Xi please email AAL to waive the application).

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Fee for the retreat is competitively priced at US$700.  Current and former AAL clients enjoy a 10% discount (US$630).  Accommodation is very reasonably priced for the entire week’s stay at 14,500 Baht (US$435) for a large room or 11,000 Baht (US$330) for a small room, inclusive of breakfast and the welcome and farewell dinners. To book your stay at Ba’an Thai please contact Jane Lockwood at jane.baanthai@gmail.com or +852 9502 5994.

Chantelle, Ira and Xu will each also offer a limited number of individual reviews of a longer manuscript (up to 25,000 words) in the genre of your choice for registered participants at Thailand 2018 for the special price of US$625.  You will need to send your work in advance of the retreat and can schedule a private consultation session with the author during the week for feedback on your work.  These reviews are always popular so register soon - please select the author you want to read your manuscript.

We understand that you may wish to have a spouse or friend accompany you who will not participate in workshop.  There is a non-participant fee of US$75.  Each participant may register no more than one non-participant at this link