Oxford Writers' Retreat

This summer, join us for a one-of-a-kind writerly pilgrimage to the city that inspired some of the greatest writers of history. You'll learn, connect, explore, write, share, and come back ready to complete your masterpiece.

Ashmolean Museum: Oxford Writer's Workshop

About the Workshop

This June 17 to 20, we're travelling to Oxford to host a writing workshop in the heart of one of the most inspiring places in the world for writers. We'll write, walk, and learn where Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis and other great writers lived and wrote, a transformative experience.

Why Join the Retreat?

  • Immerse in Literary History. Walk the same streets as some of the world's greatest authors, and let the city that has birthed so many masterpieces inspire yours.
  • Expert Guidance. Learn from the best. Joe Bunting, the founder of thewritepractice.com, and Jeff Goins, WSJ Bestselling author, will lead you through workshops that will help you transform as a writer, from refining your idea, structuring your book, polishing your first pages, and sharing them with the world.
  • Creative Connections. You'll connect with fellow writers who share your passion. This retreat is not just about improving your craft; it's about building a community that lasts for your whole writing career.
  • Exclusive Workshops. Whether you're writing fiction or non-fiction, you'll become  a better writer in our workshops in the inspiring Ashmolean Museum will equip you with the tools to turn your ideas into reality.
  • Cultural Immersion. From a guided literary tour to the magic of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, you'll immerse yourself in the rich culture of English literature.
  • Your Story Matters: Whether you're penning your first draft or seeking to break through a writer's block, this retreat is will help you write and prepare to share your story with the world.

The Oxford Writers' Retreat isn't just an event; it's a pilgrimage for your creative soul. Join us and transform your writing amidst the dreaming spires of Oxford, where every corner tells a story and every moment holds the promise of a new chapter in your writing journey.

Your Hosts

Joe Bunting

Joe Bunting

WSJ Bestselling Ghostwriter and author of The Write Structure

Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins

WSJ Bestselling Author of
Real Artists Don't Starve

Special Guests

Special Guests

Stay tuned for special guest speakers


Subject to change!

 June 17: Welcome & Oxford Literary Tour

  • 3 pm: Arrival and Registration.
  • 4 pm – 6 pm: Guided Literary Tour of Oxford's historic writing spots (including haunts of Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis)
  • 6:30 pm: Welcome Dinner and Introductions

June 18: Workshops at the Ashmolean Museum

  • 10 am: Workshop 1: “Your Bestselling Idea”
  • 12 pm: Catered Lunch
  • 1 pm: Workshop 2: Structuring Your Bestseller 
  • 3 pm: Group Workshop and Feedback
  • Evening: Free time
  • 9 pm: optional pub gathering and reading

June 19: Workshops & Shakespeare Play at Stratford-upon-Avon

  • 10 am: Workshop 3: “Your First 10 Pages” – Writing techniques and engagement strategies.
  • 12 pm: Catered Lunch.
  • 1 pm: Workshop 4: Hands-on writing time, with one-on-one support.
  • 3 pm: Group Workshop and Feedback
  • 7:15 pm: The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Stratford-upon-Avon

June 20: Closing Breakfast

  • 10 am: Closing Breakfast
  • 12 pm: Retreat Conclusion

Recommended Accommodations

These hotels have been chosen based on their ratings, budget, and distance to the Ashmolean, where most of the workshop will take place. View more accomodations on Trip Advisor.

Old Parsonage Hotel

Old Parsonage Hotel

Budget: $$$$
1-3 Banbury Road, Oxford
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Old Bank Hotel

Old Bank Hotel

Budget: $$$
91-94 High Street, Oxford
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Tower House Hotel

100 Branbury Road

Budget: $$
100 Banbury Road, Oxford
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Tower House Hotel

The Osney Arms

Budget: $
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Have a question about transportation or where to stay?
Email us at admin@thewritepractice.com.

Join Us for the Next Journey in Your Writing Career

We're preparing a place for you in our Oxford Writers' Retreat. Join us!

This is a great chance to get inspired, explore the literary tradition, and transform into a better author with a community of fellow writers.

What Your Retreat Includes:

Expert Workshops. You'll get premier level workshops by bestselling authors, tailored to helping you get inspired, make progress on your goals, and connect with other writers at the Ashmolean Museum and other haunts around Oxford

Food and Fun. We will share several provided meals, an inspiring literary tour, and get transportation to Stratford-upon-Avon to experience Shakespeare's birthplace.

Literary Immersion. Finally, we'll end the workshop with Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor performed in Stratford by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

And more surprises along the way!

The Cost

The cost for the retreat is $1,500 with an initial deposit of $500 due now to reserve your spot. The remaining balance can be paid a week before the retreat (we'll send you a reminder note).

There are only 16 spots available, though, and we do expect to sell out so please reserve your place now. Book now!

Are you Joining Us?

We'd love to meet you in Oxford. Sign up now to join us on this transformative retreat.

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