Finish Your Book

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May 10 - 17 2020
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Rebirth Your Book in Costa Rica 2020 Rediscover your novel or memoir and your desire for the page.
A full manuscript evaluation
A retreat limited to six writers.
A revival of your creative self
guidance, accountability, and a concrete finish-your-book plan

The Rebirth Difference

Villa Chill

Selva Escondida
Puntarenas, Costa Rica

6 days/7 nights

May 10th - 17th 2020

Personal Guidance

Allison K Williams, "The Unkind Editor" provides editorial feedback & coaching throughout the week

The Venue

Villa Chill

Selva Escondida.

Located 1,300 feet above sea level and on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Villa Chill boast inspiring views and mountain breezes. Surrounded by rainforest wildlife, birds, monkeys and butterflies, with 4 miles of hiking trails and a private pool.

The Itinerary

Explore & Be Inspired

re-energize with a midweek afternoon excursion
Ballena National Marine Park 15min drive
Nauyaca Waterfalls 15min drive
The Happy Lobster, Playa Matapalo 30min drive
Rebirth Your Book is also a travel experience. Allison is delighted to share a place she loves with a select group.
Explore hidden corners most tourists never see,
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 five writers.

Rooms are single occupancy. unless you choose to share with a writing friend or travel partner.

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." Allison provides individual guidance as needed. It's like writing at your favorite cafe—with your personal editor on-call.

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

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 right now—she's 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's available for informal chats and questions all day long.)

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.

Your Itinerary

This Week You'll Finish A Draft
Chapter 1: At Last We Meet May 10th, 2020
Airport Pickup San Jose Airport (SJO)
Arrive and settle in Villa Chill
Orientation Walk & Welcome Dinner Poolside
Chapter 2: And So It Begins May 11th, 2020
Breakfast available Poolside (weather permitting)/Dining Room
Writing In Company Dining Room
One-on-One Meetings / Open Time Where You Will
Lunch Poolside/Dining Room
Open Time for Writing/Exploring Where You Will
Dinner Poolside/Dining Room
Chapter 3: The Write Way May 12th, 2020
Breakfast available Poolside (weather permitting)/Dining Room
Writing In Company Dining Room
One-on-One Meetings / Open Time Where You Will
Lunch Poolside/Dining Room
Open Time for Writing/Exploring Where You Will
Dinner Poolside/Dining Room
Chapter 4: Word by Word May 13th, 2020
Breakfast available Poolside (weather permitting)/Dining Room
Writing In Company Dining Room
One-on-One Meetings / Open Time Where You Will
Lunch Poolside/Dining Room
Open Time for Writing/Exploring Where You Will
Dinner Poolside/Dining Room
Chapter 5: Yum Yum May 14th, 2020
Breakfast available Poolside (weather permitting)/Dining Room
Writing In Company Dining Room
One-on-One Meetings / Open Time Where You Will
Lunch: Costa Rican Cooking Lesson Kitchen
Open Time for Writing/Exploring Where You Will
Dinner Poolside/Dining Room
Chapter 6: Beautiful Discoveries May 15th, 2020
Breakfast to go depart for Nauyaca Waterfalls
Horseback or 4x4 ride Nauyaca Waterfalls
Lunch Nauyaca Waterfalls
Return to Villa Chill On the road
One to One Meetings/Open Time. Where You Will
Dinner Poolside/Dining Room
Chapter 7: All That Jazz May 16th, 2020
Breakfast available Poolside (weather permitting)/Dining Room
Writing In Company Dining Room
One-on-One Meetings / Open Time Where You Will
Lunch Poolside/Dining Room
Writing Time/Open Time Where You Will
Farewell Party Jazz Club
Chapter 8: Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow May 17th 2020
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)


Writing around the world.
Ready to Finish Your Book? Schedule your complimentary 30-minute editorial consultation to start your journey.
Special Package
$ 2850
  • Full MS Evaluation: $1200+
  • Pre-arrival coaching: $135
  • Airport Transfers: $200
  • Single Accommodation: $750
  • Meals & Excursions: $500
  • One-on-one Session: $135
  • Editor on call: $700
  • Work plan & follow-up: $135
  • RETREAT VALUE: $3755

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Frequently Asked Questions

You probably have a few

Joining the Retreat

it starts with one call

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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 isn'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. Single occupancy is available for an additional charge.

If you'd like to share a double with another writing participant, you'll each receive a discount of $300.

Your Travel

get here and get writing

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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, at least one 4X4 will be available for shared use.

Villa Chill is in mountainous terrain with rough paths. An all-terrain wheelchair would be able to traverse the grounds and some hiking trails.

The house is on one level, with step-free access to several bedrooms and bathrooms. This retreat has plenty of space for a caregiver or companion to share your room or have their own.

Allison has worked with writers who are d/Deaf, hearing-impaired, blind, visually-impaired, neuro-atypical and with physical disabilities. She 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.

Villa Chill 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 toast, eggs, fruit, and delicious coffee.
  • Lunch is buffet-style with sandwich fixings, salads, fruit and snacks.
  • Family-style dinners will include salad, main dish, dessert and wine.

  • There are a grocery store and a farmers market in the lower town, for in-room snacks and impromptu picnics.

    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, 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 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 six people. Non-writing travel partners may join us for tours and activities.

    Booking & Payment

    let's work with your budget

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    We accept Mastercard, Visa and American Express through PayPal. You may also choose to pay by check, Zelle or direct deposit. Payments can be made as follows:

    • $500 Deposit on acceptance to reserve your place
    • $785 Payment 90 days prior to start date
    • $785 Payment 60 days prior to start date
    • $780 Balance due 30 days prior to start date

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

    If you prefer to pay in one transaction, we offer a 5% discount for payment in full within two weeks of acceptance.

    Before You Arrive:

  • Full read and editorial feedback on your manuscript draft or work so far (a $1200+ 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)
  • Single accommodation in the villa.
  • 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 breakfast and Writing In Company time.
  • Most lunches as indicated on itinerary, including water and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • 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 on tours and excursions.
  • Personal expenses/shopping/souvenirs.
  • Transport on non-group exploration.
  • 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 on our part, 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.

    Have another question? Want to talk payment plan? contact us.
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