Finish Your Book

Costa Rica holds pristine beaches, cascading waterfalls, cloud forests and wildlife. Morning mindfulness starts your creative flow. Come and write...

with Dinty W. Moore & Allison K Williams

TBA 2021
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Rebirth Your Book in Costa Rica 2021 Rediscover your novel or memoir and your desire for the page.
A full manuscript evaluation
a retreat limited to ten writers.
a revival of your creative self
"Allison, working with you and the retreat have totally transformed me
as a last, I know where I'm going with this book."

Amy Evrard Young

The Rebirth Difference

Luxury Eco-lodge

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

6 nights/7 days

TBAth - TBAth 2021

Personal Guidance

Dinty W. Moore, Editor-in-Chief of Brevity, and Allison K Williams, "The Unkind Editor" provide editorial feedback & coaching throughout the week

The Venue

Your Guides

Allison K Williams and Dinty W. Moore
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From idea to novel, proposal to memoir, first draft to first royalties, Allison K Williams brings deep understanding of dramatic structure, sensitivity to voice and theme, technical expertise, and contagious enthusiasm for your work.

Allison has edited and coached writers to deals with Penguin Random House, Knopf, Mantle, Spencer Hill, St. Martin’s and independent presses. She’s guided essayists to publication in the New Yorker, Time, the Guardian, the New York Times, McSweeney’s and TED Talks. As Social Media Editor for Brevity, she inspires thousands of writers with blogs on craft and the writing life.

Allison is the author of Get Published in Literary Magazines and Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro From Blank Page to Book (March 2021, Woodhall Press). A former circus performer, Allison has written for NPR, CBC, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction, McSweeney’s, Kenyon Review Online and Travelers’ Tales.

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A direct, honest and supportive teacher known for his ability to draw out meaning in memoir, Dinty W. Moore is author of The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir and the memoir Between Panic & Desire among many other books.

Dinty has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Arts & Letters, The Normal School and elsewhere. A former professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University, he serves as Editor-in-Chief for Brevity, a noted online journal of flash nonfiction.

Dinty consults regularly with authors and publishers on book proposals and revisions, many going on to publish with Big Five houses and university presses. A well-known and popular workshop leader, he has led workshops in Spain, Scotland, Ireland, Mexico, and throughout the United States.



Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, TikiVillas gives inspiring views and gentle breezes on 13 acres of private reserve. View rainforest wildlife, birds, monkeys and butterflies on your private terrace or lounging by the infinity pool. Quiet beaches and jungle trails are a short hike away.

Luxury villas feature a king and a queen bed, Egyptian cotton sheets; A/C and WiFi; a boutique bathroom with oversized shower and a private outdoor "Jungle Shower"; daily maid service and complimentary water bottles.

The Itinerary

Explore & Be Inspired

re-energize with a local excursion
Ballena National Marine Park Walk the Whale's Tail
Nauyaca Waterfalls Hiking/Horseback Trip
La Langosta Feliz, Playa Matapalo Local Seafood Dinner
Rebirth Your Book is also a travel experience. Start your morning creative flow with gentle yoga and writing mindfulness meditations.
Enjoy family-style meals of fresh, organic food.
Make spontaneous connections and renew your creative spirit.

Understand The Experience

From idea to novel; proposal to memoir.

Your pre-arrival manuscript evaluation includes supportive, specific, written critique of your current draft or proposal, a coaching session, and a customized work plan for your retreat.

On location, you'll have daily guidance and one-on-one sessions.

A post-retreat work plan and follow-up coaching session help you sustain momentum at home.

To give the personal coaching and specific editorial feedback your manuscript needs before, during and after the retreat, participation is limited to ten writers.

Spacious villas with private terraces and indoor and outdoor showers are double occupancy. Share with a writing friend or travel partner, or make a lasting connection with a new literary friend. (Single supplement available.)

Each morning, writers set intentions for this reserved time, then work individually in shared spaces. Post-writing check-ins may include short readings, but this is not a "workshop." Dinty and Allison provide individual guidance as needed. It's like writing at your favorite cafe—with your personal editors on-call.

The rest of the day is for solo writing time, one-on-one meetings, exploration and relaxation.

Focused time away from home helps you plow through pages.

Direct, specific feedback helps you write better.

Rebirth Your Book combines a retreat environment with personal editorial assistance. You'll have a work plan to start writing on day one. Questioning an editorial note? Lost your plot thread? Ask Allison or Dinty right now—they're across the table.

Pre-arrival session with editorial feedback and your work plan for the retreat.

Scheduled one-on-one time to discuss your draft-in-progress and writing goals. (Allison and Dinty are available for informal chats and questions throughout the day.)

Follow-up coaching session to sustain your writing momentum back home.

Rebirth Your Book happens in beautiful, culturally rich locations with great local food and a calm, supportive writing environment. Each retreat includes energy-boosting excursions to heritage sites and outdoor activities. Optional daily yoga starts your creative flow.

Your Itinerary

This Week You'll Finish A Draft
Chapter 1: At Last We Meet Date TBA
Airport Pickup San Jose Airport (SJO)
Arrive and settle in TikiVillas
Orientation Walk & Welcome Dinner Dining Room
Chapter 2: And So It Begins Date TBA
Casual Yoga for Flow and Centering Poolside (weather permitting)/Terrace
Breakfast available Poolside (weather permitting)/Dining Room
Writing In Company Terrace
One-on-One Meetings / Open Time Where You Will
Lunch Dining Room
Open Time for Writing/Exploring Where You Will
Dinner Dining Room
Chapter 3: The Write Way Date TBA
Casual Yoga for Flow and Centering Poolside (weather permitting)/Terrace
Breakfast available Poolside (weather permitting)/Dining Room
Writing In Company Terrace
One-on-One Meetings / Open Time Where You Will
Lunch Dining Room
Open Time for Writing/Exploring Where You Will
Dinner Dining Room
Chapter 4: Word by Word Date TBA
Casual Yoga for Flow and Centering Poolside (weather permitting)/Terrace
Breakfast available Poolside (weather permitting)/Dining Room
Writing In Company Terrace
One-on-One Meetings / Open Time Where You Will
Lunch Dining Room
Open Time for Writing/Exploring Where You Will
Dinner Dining Room
Chapter 5: Beautiful Discoveries Date TBA
Breakfast to go depart for Nauyaca Waterfalls
Horseback, Hike or 4x4 ride Nauyaca Waterfalls
Lunch Nauyaca Waterfalls
Return to TikiVillas On the road
One to One Meetings/Open Time. Where You Will
Dinner Dining Room
Chapter 6: Last Words Date TBA
Casual Yoga for Flow and Centering Poolside (weather permitting)/Terrace
Breakfast available Poolside (weather permitting)/Dining Room
Writing In Company Terrace
One-on-One Meetings/Open Time Where You Will
Lunch: Costa Rican Cooking Lesson Kitchen
Open Time for Writing/Exploring Where You Will
Dinner Dining Room
Chapter 7: Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow Date TBA
Casual Yoga for Mindful Goodbyes Poolside (weather permitting)/Terrace
Breakfast available Poolside (weather permitting)/Dining Room
Departure To Airport (Or your next destination, if your journey continues!)
And now...
Go home and write some more! (or take a day off)
Ready to Finish Your Book?
Schedule a complimentary 30-minute editorial consultation to start your journey.
Special Package
$ 3150

payment plans available

  • Full MS Evaluation: $1500+
  • Pre-arrival coaching: $135
  • Airport Transfers: $200
  • Double Accommodation: $625
  • Meals & Excursions: $500
  • One-on-one Session: $135
  • 2 Editors on call: $900
  • Work plan & follow-up: $135
  • RETREAT VALUE: $4130
  • YOU PAY: $2950

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Joining the Retreat

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You should be working on a book.

It can be a novel, a memoir or an essay collection. It can be an outline or proposal and some material, a partial manuscript, or a draft that isn't singing yet.

  • You're ready for direct and specific feedback about your work.
  • You're writing in English, because Allison and Dinty aren't fluent enough to edit in any other language.
  • You DON'T need a degree in writing (or anything else!).
  • You DON'T need previous publication credits.

Everyone focuses on their own pages, so the experience level of your fellow writers isn't a big factor in your work.

Some writers come with drafts for revision; others arrive with an idea and notes. If your work is still very much in-progress, we'll use the week to generate as much of a first draft as possible. In that case, the manuscript evaluation will happen after the retreat and guide you into the next draft.

A friend or family member age 16+ sharing your room pays a companion fee of about 1/3 the writer's fee. Their trip will include lodging, group meals and activities, local tours and airport transfers. It doesn't include Writing in Company, one-on-one time or manuscript evaluation.

Pairs of writing friends often enjoy Rebirth Your Book together; solo writers make lasting connections.

Single-occupancy villas are available for an additional charge of $575.

Your Travel

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US and Canadian citizens do not need a visa for Costa Rica.

Travelers to any destination should update routine vaccinations and bring a small supply of stomach remedies and sufficient prescription medications.

Airport transfers are provided in and out of San Jose Airport (SJO).

For group sightseeing, transportation will be provided. For personal exploration, taxis are available; beautiful beaches and jungle trails are within easy hiking distance.

TikiVillas is in hilly terrain with paved paths including some stairs. The parking lot is packed earth. An all-terrain wheelchair would be able to traverse the grounds and some hiking trails. The trail down to the beach is rutted and steep, and we offer an SUV shuttle as needed.

The path from the villas to the parking lot is a smooth walkway about 50 yards long. Staff are available to carry bags.

The main lobby/pool area, where we have writing time and meals, is step-free with smooth, finished floors. There is one small step to the poolside bathrooms, which are single-room and spacious.

Villa interiors are one level, with step-free access to bedrooms and bathrooms. This retreat has plenty of space for a caregiver or companion to share your room.

Most accessible: Villa 2 is 24 steps from the lobby, and has two small steps at each end of the entrance walkway. Villa 3 is 34 steps to the lobby, with a small but steep ramp at one end of the entrance walk, and a small step up to the door.

Allison and Dinty have worked with writers who are d/Deaf, hearing-impaired, blind, visually-impaired, neuro-atypical and with physical disabilities. We wants to work with you—let's discuss how to make it an excellent experience.

Our writing time and excursions are in English; most local residents speak enough English to chat and answer questions. The welcome orientation will include useful phrases; we recommend keeping Google Translate on your phone with the Spanish dictionary downloaded, or carrying a phrasebook.

The vast majority of Costa Ricans are famously friendly, hospitable and kind to tourists. You are unlikely to encounter personal crime.

TikiVillas is on spacious private grounds. If hiking alone, please leave information about where you are going and when you expect to return.

As with any destination, keep an eye on your belongings when on the beach.

Our private chef cooks fresh local and American cuisine.

  • Breakfast includes your choice of traditional Costa Rican fare with plantains and eggs; pancakes; or American eggs and bacon; All breakfasts include fruit and delicious coffee.
  • Lunches can be eaten in the dining room or taken away to your own writing space.
  • Family-style dinners will include salad, main dish and dessert. Beer, wine and mixed drinks are available for purchase.

Snacks, fruit, juice, coffee and water are always available.

Your villa includes a kitchenette with fridge, hot plate, sink, coffee-maker and cooking accessories.

Please advise us of any dietary restrictions and we will work to accommodate your needs as much as possible.

We’re happy to provide personal recommendations or connect you with a local travel agency to extend your trip. You can pick up a personal rental car on the return journey to the airport, or keep one throughout your stay.

Retreat Days

write, relax, write some more

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Everyone works on their own manuscript with the energy of a shared writing space. As Allison says, "If I'm writing with a buddy and I start to get bored or frustrated, I look up and think, I can't quit now—she's still going!"

At the beginning of each session, we set our intentions for the day. We take a short stretch break at the halfway point. Afterwards, each person shares how their work went and may—but doesn't have to—read a short passage for brief feedback.

Throughout Writing in Company time, Dinty and Allison will be available to talk through problems, suggest new ways to tackle a tough section, or give you a quick exercise to shake your writing loose.

Nope. While reading group members' work in advance and noting points for discussion is a valuable practice, it's not what we're doing here. Your focus is on your book. At the end of the week, we'll have a casual evening reading. This is an opportunity to share aloud pages you've been working on with a small, supportive audience. Travel partners and new friends are welcome.

Allison and Dinty will read each writer's full draft (or pile of material or proposal) before arrival, and send you an editorial letter with feedback on concept, voice, themes, plot, story, character and craft. After the evaluation, you'll have an editorial session of about 30 minutes to discuss your work and what you want to accomplish during the retreat. If you're at an early stage and don't have a lot of pages, we can extend the call to discuss your idea, execution and process. During the Rebirth week, you'll have a scheduled one-on-one meeting to discuss how the week is going, your writing in general and your writing career. This time can also be used for query feedback or discussing your publication goals.

Throughout the week we'll have plenty of casual chatting time, and you're welcome to start/participate in writing-related discussions with Allison and/or your fellow writers just about anywhere.

After returning home, you'll have another 30-minute editorial call to check in and address questions or new challenges as you finish your draft.

To give each writer the individual and specific attention their manuscript needs, the retreat is limited to 10 participants. Non-writing travel partners may join us for tours and activities.

Lodging in spacious villas with double showers, alcove beds, and private terraces provide plenty of space to spread out. Additional writing areas are available throughout the property: find your secret spot!

Booking & Payment

let's work with your budget

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Retreats aren't just for writers with lots of disposable income. We've worked hard to make this value-for-money and payable over time.

Rebirth Your Book accepts Venmo, Zelle, Canadian e-transfers, US checks, PayPal and credit cards via PayPal.

Payments can be made as follows:

  • $500 Deposit on acceptance to reserve your place
  • 5 monthly payments of $530, extending past the retreat if needed

Or talk to us about a plan that works for you.

Rebirth Your Book/Rebirth Your Writing participates in AWP's Kurt Brown Prize, which awards $500 each year to emerging writers in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. Winners and six finalists also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP. For more information, visit the AWP website.

Before You Arrive:

  • Full read and editorial feedback on your manuscript draft or work so far (a $1500+ value!).
  • Initial call to discuss your work and goals for your Rebirth Your Book time, and answer any travel questions.

In Costa Rica:

  • Escorted airport transfers in and out of San Jose Airport (SJO)
  • Double accommodation in a spacious villa. Single occupancy is available for an additional charge of $575.
  • WiFi
  • Focused one-on-one meeting to discuss your work.
  • Excursions, activities, entry fees and tickets on scheduled group outings.
  • Transport and guides for all scheduled group outings.
  • Daily continental breakfast.
  • Water, coffee and tea throughout Writing In Company time.
  • Lunches and dinners, including non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Snacks and drinks at the end-of-the-week reading.
  • Returning Home:

  • Work plan to finish your draft.
  • Follow-up call 2-4 weeks after returning, to sustain and support your writing momentum.

  • Flights or other transport to San Jose.
  • Vaccinations and any other travel medication you wish to bring.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Incidentals such as laundry, mini-bar, room service, etc.
  • Alcoholic drinks with meals and on excursions.
  • Personal expenses/shopping/souvenirs.
  • Transport on non-group exploration.
  • Spa services (there's a spa!).

We strongly recommend travel & trip-cancellation insurance.

If you are unable to attend and we can fill your place from the waitlist, we will refund your tuition on a pro rata basis:

If you have not submitted your manuscript:
you may apply your $500 deposit to another Rebirth Your Book retreat, and you will be refunded any additional payments.

If your initial manuscript read has taken place and you have paid at least $1450:
we will still schedule your two coaching sessions and Work Plan, and you will be refunded payments over $1450. It may be possible to apply your $500 deposit to another retreat on a case-by-case basis.

If we can’t fill your place:
we’ll provide you with documentation to support a claim to your travel insurance provider, but any payments made are nonrefundable. If you have paid at least $1450, you will still receive your manuscript read and coaching sessions.

Refunds will be sent within 30 days of receipt of notice of cancellation.

Rebirth Your Book reserves the right to cancel the retreat in the event of civil unrest, natural disaster or Act of God. In the event of cancellation of the retreat in its entirety, you will receive a full refund of any fees paid. You agree to release Rebirth Your Book and its agents and/or representatives from any liability, including consequential expenses you may have incurred in planning to attend. We will provide you with documentation to support a claim to your travel insurance provider for flights and other expenses not paid to Rebirth Your Book.

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