Finish Your Book

Shining skyscrapers and wooden boats. Gold souks and contemporary galleries.
Vibrant world cultures mingle in Dubai.

Come and the desert.

February 26 - March 4 2020
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Your rebirth begins in...
Rebirth Your Book in Dubai 2020 Rediscover your novel or memoir and your desire for the page.
A full manuscript evaluation
A retreat limited to five 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 Residence

Jumeirah Beach Walk
Dubai, UAE

7 days/7 nights

February 26th - March 4th, 2020

Personal Guidance

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

The Venue

Life in the Clouds

Jumeirah Beach Walk

Dubai is the city that made itself. Explore market lanes and designer boutiques. Take a desert safari. Retreat to our spacious luxury residence overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Spread out in 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and enjoy the pool. Writing space abounds.

Please note, due to local regulations, this is a women-only retreat.

The Itinerary

Explore & Be Inspired

re-energize with a midweek excursion
Dubai Mall & Burj Khalifa Sunset and Shopping
The Gold Souk & Dubai Creek Step Back in Time
Jumeirah Mosque Tour Cultural Discovery
Rebirth Your Book is also a travel experience. Allison is delighted to share her home city 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. Retreats include energy-boosting excursions to heritage sites and outdoor activities.

Your Itinerary

This Week You'll Finish A Draft
Chapter 1: Soft Landing February 26th, 2020
Airport Pickup (late night 25th/early morning 26th) Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Arrive & Rest Residence
Relaxing Brunch & Settling In Residence
Welcome Dinner & Beach Stroll Jumeirah Beach Walk
Chapter 2: And So It Begins February 27th, 2020
Breakfast Available Kitchen/Dining Room
Writing In Company Great Room
One-on-One Meetings / Open Time Where You Will
Lunch Available Kitchen/Dining Room
Open Time for Writing/Exploring Where You Will
Dinner Dining Room
Chapter 3: The Write Way February 28th, 2020
Breakfast Available Kitchen/Dining Room
Writing In Company Great Room
One-on-One Meetings / Open Time Where You Will
Lunch Available Kitchen/Dining Room
Open Time for Writing/Exploring Where You Will
Sunset, Fountains and Shopping Dubai Mall
Dinner on Your Own Dubai Mall Promenade
Chapter 4: Word by Word February 29th, 2020
Breakfast Available Kitchen/Dining Room
Writing In Company Great Room
One-on-One Meetings / Open Time Where You Will
Lunch Available Kitchen/Dining Room
Mosque Visit Jumeirah Mosque
Dinner Dining Room
Chapter 5: Yum Yum March 1st, 2020
Breakfast Available Kitchen/Dining Room
Writing In Company Great Room
One-on-One Meetings / Open Time Where You Will
Lunch Available Kitchen/Dining Room
Old City Field Trip Al-Fahidi Historical Neighborhood
Dinner Arabian Tea House
Chapter 6: Words in the World March 2nd, 2020
Breakfast Available Kitchen/Dining Room
Writing In Company Great Room
One-on-One Meetings / Open Time Where You Will
Lunch Available Kitchen/Dining Room
Open Time for Writing/Exploring Where You Will
Tea and Snacks Tania's Teahouse
Group Reading at Dubai Literary Salon (optional) Tania's Teahouse
Chapter 7: Call of the Desert March 3rd, 2020
Breakfast Available Kitchen/Dining Room
Writing In Company Great Room
One-on-One Meetings / Open Time Where You Will
Lunch Available Kitchen/Dining Room
Open Time for Writing/Exploring Where You Will
Desert Safari & Traditional Barbeque The Desert
First Airport Runs Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Chapter 8: Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow March 4th, 2020
Breakfast Available Kitchen/Dining Room
Departures To Airport (many flights leave late night/early morning)
And now...
Go home and write some more! (or take a day off)


Writing around the world.
Ready to Finish Your Book? Contact us to start your journey.
Special Package
$ 3745
  • Full MS Evaluation: $1350+
  • Pre-arrival coaching: $135
  • Airport Transfers: $80
  • Single Accommodation: $1400
  • Meals & Excursions: $500
  • One-on-one Session: $135
  • Editor on call: $950
  • Work plan & follow-up: $135
  • RETREAT VALUE: $4685

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

If you'd like to share a spacious double with another writing participant, you'll each receive a discount of $400.

Please note that due to local regulations, this retreat is women only.

Your Travel

get here and get writing

GCC, US and Canadian citizens do not need a visa for the United Arab Emirates.

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 Dubai International Airport (DXB).

For group sightseeing, transportation will be provided. For personal exploration, taxis and Uber are plentiful and Dubai has an excellent Metro system.

Dubai is generally accessible, with ramps, smooth pavements and sidewalks, and tactile guidance systems. Our retreat space includes step-free access to bedrooms and baths, and at least one roll-in shower.

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; English is widely spoken in Dubai. You are as likely to encounter as many Tagalog, Hindi, Farsi, or Urdu speakers as Arabic speakers.

Dubai is almost pathologically safe. CCTV is widespread, most public spaces are well-staffed with security guards and personal crime is extremely rare. Women are safe to walk alone day or night. Crowded public spaces like Metro carriages have women-only areas.

Dubai has everything from five-star restaurants hosted by international celebrity chefs to modest workingmen's diners with traditional Indian, Pakistani and Filipino food.

  • Our continental breakfast includes bread and pastries, meats and cheeses, yogurt, cereal and delicious coffee and tea.
  • Buffet lunch includes sandwich fixings, salads, fruit and snacks.
  • Family-style dinners will include salad, appetizer, main dish and non-alcoholic drinks.

  • Numerous restaurants and groceries are within walking distance. If you enjoy adult beverages, please stop in Duty Free on arrival, as it is the only place you will be able to make bottle purchases. For casual happy hours, there are licensed hotel bars nearby.

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

    Dubai is a Muslim country, but is fairly relaxed. Indoor spaces are often highly air-conditioned; outdoors will be sunny and hot. It's fine to dress as you do at home, though most shopping malls have a dress code (often ignored) requesting covered knees and shoulders. Bring a sun hat, swim suit and poolside cover-up, and you may want a scarf, shawl or other easy layer.

    For our mosque visit, abayas will be provided.

    Retreat Days

    write, relax, write some more

    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. During the retreat, we'll have a casual evening reading at the Dubai Literary Salon. This is an opportunity to share aloud pages you've been working on (or a finished piece) 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 five 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:

    • $550 Deposit on acceptance to reserve your place
    • $975 Payment 90 days prior to start date
    • $975 Payment 60 days prior to start date
    • $975 Payment 30 days prior to start date
    • $270 Balance due after retreat

    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 via check, Zelle or direct deposit within two weeks of acceptance.

    Before You Arrive:

  • Full read and editorial feedback on your manuscript draft or work so far (a $1350+ value!).
  • Initial call to discuss your work and goals for your Rebirth Your Book time, and answer any travel questions.
  • In Dubai:

  • Escorted airport transfers in and out of Dubai International Airport (DXB).
  • Single accommodation in the condo.
  • 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.
  • Most dinners as indicated on itinerary, including water and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Snacks and drinks at the public 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 Dubai.
  • Vaccinations and any other travel medication you wish to bring.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Incidentals such as laundry.(we are likely to have a washer and dryer in our residence)
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • 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 $550 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 $1525:
    we will still schedule your two coaching sessions and Work Plan, and you will be refunded payments over $1525. It may be possible to apply your $550 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 $1525, 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.

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