Writing Retreats

Weekend getaways for members

What can be better than the promise of getting away from it all? Imagine leaving the daily drag behind and allowing yourself time and space to write and create.

Our very first retreat in May 2022 took place at Burg Rappottenstein in Austria. Scroll down for more info.


Writing Retreat ’22 at Burg Rappottenstein

12th to the 15th May 2022


We are HUGELY excited to announce the details and itinerary for our first ever SWC Writing Retreat. This is without doubt the most ambitious project we’ve ever undertaken and we hope it will be an amazing time of connecting with fellow SWCers and developing your writing for everyone who can join us. We certainly have the setting for some fabulous inspiration. Just take a look at where we’ll be staying (no, seriously, do it right now, take a look!).

All castle picture © Burg Rappottenstein – with thanks.

You can find out all about our very first writing retreat here. Some fond memories and plenty of inspiration for our 2023 retreat. Perhaps you might join us.

Included in the overall price you pay will be:

– your room for 3 nights

– transport using a chauffeur-driven mini-bus from Vienna to the castle and back again

– breakfasts, simple lunches and evening meals (we will not be able to provide snacks or alcohol, please bring your own)

– guided tour of the castle on Friday morning

All you need to provide is something to write with, something to write on, and lots of enthusiasm.

We obviously have very, very limited spaces which are first being offered to Sunday Writers’ Club members and will be sorted on a first-come, first-served basis. We will add notices to this page if there are any spaces left available for the general public. So if you’re interested, it’s worth checking back soon. Spaces cost between €299 and €449 depending on the room option.

Interested? Please email Jasmine on jasmine@sundaywritersclub.com. Please note that the retreat is currently booked up, so we can only offer slots on the waiting list at this time.

Our schedule may have to vary a little depending on weather and numbers involved but the following is our planned itinerary for a long weekend with your writing at its heart.

Thursday 12th

Afternoon: We will provide minibus transportation from Vienna to Burg Rappottenstein, leaving Vienna at 1400hrs, arriving at the castle for approximately 1600hrs

Evening: After our evening meal we will have a relaxed event of shared favourite readings. Bring a much-loved book, story or poem by and inspirational writer and read a little to the group. Share with us writing that ignites your own creativity.

Friday 13th

Morning: After breakfast Paul Malone will lead a Warm-up Writing Workshop to help set the mood for a weekend of creativity and inspiration. It will include the beginnings of a Story Relay.

The workshop will be followed by a guided tour of Burg Rappottenstein by an English-speaking local expert.

Afternoon: Free writing time. Either enjoy continuing with your current work-in-progress in the amazing setting of the castle and its ground, or maybe develop the writing from Paul’s workshop.

Evening: Weather permitting, we’ll walk off our meal with a stroll to a local hostelry for an optional schnapps and bier.

Saturday 14th

Morning: Themed Writing Workshop lead by Keith Gray (theme tba).

Afternoon: Free writing time, or feel free to explore the local area. We guarantee inspiring views.

Evening: Open Mic Night. Your chance to read to the rest of the group what you’ve been working on during the weekend. And it will include a group performance of the Story Relay started with Paul on Friday morning.

Sunday 15th

Morning: Your last chance for free writing in and around the castle, or join us for a Sunday Writing Session using the week’s current Prompt Menu.

Afternoon: After lunch we will say our goodbyes to Burg Rappottenstein and aim to arrive back in Vienna between 1600hrs and 1700hrs.