International Writing Retreats

Some writers can only work in the comfort of their office or home while others benefit from the stimulation and fresh perspective that a foreign sky affords. International authors Robin Hemley and Xu Xi are definitely two of the latter types and have taught writing workshops and retreats around the world for many years. 

Authors at Large (AAL) was designed to cater to and benefit like-minded writers, both established and emerging, who love travel, time and space to write, and the community and fellowship of other writers at the end of a productive writing day. We select participants carefully for our writing retreats and workshop groups from the applications we receive to create a conducive environment that is culturally diverse and intellectually stimulating. 

Telunas 2017

In 2017, we will be returning to the beautiful private island of Telunas in Indonesia for a week long retreat from  July 23 to 28. Robin Hemley will lead a workshop in nonfiction and Madeleine Thien will lead the fiction workshop. Each workshop group is limited to 8. Retreat participants are limited to 16. Deadline for applications is June 2.  For more information please go to this link.


for early acceptance to the Iowa Summer Writers Festival international retreats or the Telunas retreat.


2017 Iowa Summer Writers Festival international retreats

We are proud to announce our association with the University of Iowa’s 2017 Iowa Summer Writers Festival to offer two international retreats in Iceland and Thailand. The Iowa Summer Writers Festival will provide a certificate of completion to all participants attending either of these two international retreats. Acceptance to these retreats are by application only through Authors at Large

ICELAND  Two workshops max. 7 persons per group - nonfiction led by Brenda Miller, fiction & the novel led by Xu Xi. Retreat participants limited to 14. May 27 to June 1 at Siglo Hotel in Siglufjörður. Deadline for applications is March 12.


THAILAND Three workshops max. 12 persons per group - nonfiction with Robin Hemley, fiction with Madeleine Thien, and a generative prose workshop (mixed genres) with Xu Xi. Retreat participants limited to 33. July 16 to 22 at Baan’thai Villas in Hua Hin. Deadline for applications is June 2.

For more information on each of retreats click on the country name

Weekend Writing Workshops

In January, Xu Xi was at La Muse Writers Retreat in the lovely village of Labastide-Esparbairenque in the Languedoc region of Southern France as their writer-in-residence. 

Please go to Weekend Writing Workshops for further information.

Other Services

Authors at Large also offers private workshops and individual manuscript consultations. These services are provided by our international network of award-winning writers who all have a proven track record as teachers of creative writing at universities around the world. Please email to inquire. Minimum rates are listed in US dollars at OTHER SERVICES.