imagine being a bestselling writer

Treat your inner author to glorious, dedicated writing time! In this women-only writing retreat, you will rocket your writing skills, learn tricks and tips to boost your creative output, and develop a life-changing plan for publication, all with the help of expert guidance in a bucket-list location. This retreat is geared toward women who have completed or intend to complete a full draft of a novella, novel, or memoir. Come find your path to publication!

During our week together, we’ll begin each morning with a nourishing meditation and a delicious, healthy breakfast. After we are focused and oriented, we’ll set our individual writing goal for the day. Allison and Jessie will provide expert writing guidance designed to help you release writing blocks, organize your time, and map your career goals, with a special focus on getting your work published.

Your afternoon is free to structure as you wish. Write on your own, receive individual coaching, take an inspiring hike around the lake, soak in the hot tub, schedule a massage, or nap.  We’ll come back together at night to share insight and laughter.

Areas covered in the daily workshops:

  • Becoming courageous, disciplined writers

  • Keeping your writing true to the story you need to tell

  • Editing with the revolutionary ARISE method

  • Writing a query letter

  • Defining personal and career goals

  • Choosing indie or traditional publishing for your project

  • Landing an agent

  • Finding balance between your creative and professional life

All participants will leave with an individualized, actionable plan for publishing their project.

Commit to finally finishing and publishing that book with the aid of expert instruction. At our Lake Tahoe Publish That Novel 2019 writer’s retreat, you'll work with Jess and Allison, master instructors who value laughter, creativity, and community. You’ll also enjoy a relaxing, inspiring vacation rooted in creative expression!

"Jess Lourey is a rare double talent. She is an outstanding writer. Just as remarkable is Jess’ ability to teach writing to others. She clearly communicates the essence of good writing — whether it is giving a novice writer broad guidance on how to structure a novel or write sentences that grab the reader’s attention, or working with experienced writers on the fine art of wordsmithing to improve elements of pace, suspense or character development."

— Stephen Terrell, author of Stars Fall

“Jess Lourey has been an invaluable resource as I begin my writing career. Having been a fan of her writing long before I decided I wanted to write seriously myself (and also part of my inspiration to transition from reader to writer), I can say that getting to work with Jess is even better than reading her stellar books. She helped me on my path to published writer.” —Aimee Hix, author of What Doesn’t Kill You

“I had the opportunity to take a workshop from Jess before I was published. Her honesty, encouragement, and knowledge of the craft helped me make the leap from aspiring writer to published author.” —Lissa Redmond, author of A Cold Day in Hell


Dates, Times & Locations

August 4 - 10, 2019
Lake Tahoe, California

(in US Dollars)

$ 1, 950 without lodging

$2,395 w/shared villa bedroom

$2,795 w/private villa bedroom

Price includes:

  • all workshops, co-led by bestselling author and Excellence in Teaching Fellow Jess Lourey and globetrotting writing and life coach Allison Quaid

  • a personal coaching session

  • 6 nights of accommodation if you choose one of the villa options (Sunday night to Saturday morning)

  • breakfast and lunch each day

  • all beverages

  • all materials.

  • access to the villa’s hot tub, stunning deck, and writing nooks

  • the guidance and courage to publish that book you were meant to write

Email allison at with questions.

Sample Schedule

Day One

5:00 pm   Cocktails and Welcome

Day Two

8:00    Meditation / Yoga
8:30    Breakfast
9:00-12 Find Your Creativity Compass; Poise Yourself to Publish Your Book This Year

12:00   Lunch

1:00    Writing on your own. You can also schedule a 1:1 session with Jess or Allison to get vision/voice feedback.

5:00    Community support session: share your daily progress, get encouragement and feedback

6:00   Relax on the deck with a glass of wine or in the hot tub or take a swim in the lake