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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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:
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:
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.