International Writing Retreats

Some writers work best in 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. 

Siglufjordur group at the Icelandic Poem Center where we gave readings with local poets

Siglufjordur group at the Icelandic Poem Center where we gave readings with local poets

Urban Weekend Retreats

This fall, we will be holding our first urban weekend retreat in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most vibrant cities.  Come join Xu Xi from November 24 to 26.  She will lead an intensive writing workshop to help hone and advance your creative work. Workshops focused around aspects of writing craft plus generative exercises to move your work to the next level. This is an opportunity to connect with other writers, build your literary community and also engage in conversations about the business of writing.

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International Writing Retreats

In 2018 we are returning to Hua Hin, Thailand with authors Chantelle Aimée Osman, Ira Sukrungruang & AAL founder Xu Xi.  We will offer three workshops in Genre Fiction (fantasy, sci fi, mystery), nonfiction and short fiction/novel. May 31 to June 6.

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Sunset at Telunas

Sunset at Telunas

Past Retreats

In 2017, we held three internationalweek-long retreats. The first 6 days 5 nights retreat at the end of May was in Siglufjordur, a historic fishing village in northern Iceland.  Eleven writers participated in workshops led by Xu Xi (fiction) and Brenda Miller (nonfiction).

In July, twelve writers joined us for a 7 days 6 nights retreat in Hua Hin, a beach resort town on the southern coast of Thailand, location of the royal family’s summer palace. Madeleine Thien led the fiction group and Robin Hemley led a generative writing workshop in fiction & nonfiction.  Xu Xi made a brief appearance and gave a salon on publishing.  The following week, Robin Hemley returned to the private island of Telunas in Indonesia (site of our inaugural retreat in 2016) to hold our last summer retreat of 2017 with four writers for an intensive workshop week (6 days 5 nights).

To see details of each retreat click on the location names

Lodgings in Siglufjordur, Iceland

Lodgings in Siglufjordur, Iceland

Sea Villas at Telunas Private Island in Indonesia.

Sea Villas at Telunas Private Island in Indonesia.

Café at Ba’an Thai Private Villas in Hua Hin. 

Café at Ba’an Thai Private Villas in Hua Hin. 

This summer, our participants came from all over the world, including from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, and the USA.  

In 2017, we were proud to be named the Iowa Summer Writers Festival international retreat provider. Now in its 40th year at the University of Iowa, this festival will continue its association with Authors at Large in 2018.

Other Services

Authors at Large offers private individual mentorships with our network of international authors who can help improve your creative work.  We do this in the form of book-length or shorter manuscript consultations that are individually tailored to suit your schedule and requirements.  We can also provide manuscript assessments and custom design private writing workshops for a specific group.  Contact us at aalauthors@gmail.com with your inquiries. 

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