Writing retreats are the best.

Hanging out in awesome locations with other writers, writing, chatting about books and the craft and whatever else fuels our imagination… The. Best.

It does wonders for the motivation, creativity and imagination of everyone involved. It creates an almost tangible aura of collective energy and creativity, and you can’t wait to get your fingers on a keyboard and start typing along with everybody else.

If you’re ever caught in the deep, dark hole of writer’s block, a writing retreat is the best thing to pull you out of it.

And this one’s going to be a doozy.

One week.

200 writers from all over the world.

On a cruise ship in the Baltics. This one:

MSC Fantasia
And it’s even called “MSC Fantasia”

I. Can’t. Wait.

The cruise is organized by Writing Excuses, my favorite podcast on writing.

(Seriously, if you’re a writer of any kind or level, check these guys out. There are 12 seasons of podcasts which are each fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart. Allegedly. Pfff, whatever. They know their writing stuff.)

This is the fourth such writing cruise, but so far they’ve taken place in the US and I was never able to go. This year, it’s in Eurpoe, starting from Kiel in Germany, so it was a no-brainer.


We’ll be stopping in Kopenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn and St. Petersburg.


When we’re not out exploring beautiful foreign cities, we’ll be participating in workshops, creative writing sessions, critique sessions, writing dates and even costume parties. Cosplay costume parties.

Yep. So much awesomeness.

I’m assuming my heaven will be a lot like this trip. With maybe a few horses and puppies running around on deck for good measure.

I’m planning on writing up a more detailed diary-post for at least three days of the cruise, so if you’re interested in what we’ll be getting up to, sign up for my newsletter here and I’ll keep you updated.

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