From The Washington Post:
  1. For the Nordic-lit set: The Iceland Writers Retreat
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    Writers at any level are welcome. The retreat includes excursions such as a literary twist on the Golden Circle tour, which features the Great Geysir and the famous Gullfoss waterfall, as well as a visit to Iceland’s “ancient seat of learning, Skalholt.” The twist: You’ll see these sites in the company of writers such as Hilton Als, Alice Hoffman and Gwendoline Riley.
  2. For foodies: cookNscribble
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    Molly O’Neill, the cookbook author who was a longtime New York Times reporter and food columnist, created cookNscribble for writers who didn’t have access to the kind of training she had early in her career. For this fall, cookNscribble has organized a retreat in a “super-cool unknown part of Tuscany in a castle repurposed as a food learning center,” O’Neill says.
  3. For culture connoisseurs: Summer in Granada
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    Summer in Granada is part of a series of retreats created by writers Rita Banerjee and Diana Norma Szokolyai. They describe their retreat model as a kind of roving salon, with previous sessions in Paris and at a chateau in Picardy, among its envy-inducing locations. “All of these places have a very alive and electric culture, a culture that exists on the streets, in the imagination,” Banerjee says.
  4. For runners: Writers Who Run
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    Founder and director Christie Wright Wild has two passions: running and writing. Days at her retreat in the mountains of North Carolina begin with a 7 a.m. trail run, a challenge for those normally still fumbling for the coffee pot at that hour. Wild says, “It wakes up the mind, wakes up the body” — and it’s a good cure for writer’s block. Post-run, participants take two two-hour workshops on “craft and the business of writing.”
  5. For women only: Storyknife Writers Retreat
    Men need not apply for Storyknife Writers Retreat, a program in Homer, Alaska, founded by mystery-novel powerhouse Dana Stabenow. For her, Storyknife is a way to repay a creative debt. Early in her career, she attended Hedgebrook Farm, a women-only writing retreat on Whidbey Island in Washington State.
  6. A ‘generative retreat’: Interlochen Writers Retreat
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    f cranking out fresh pages is your top priority, try a “generative” retreat. At the Interlochen Writers Retreat in Michigan, participants pick their genre — memoir, personal essay, novel, short story or poetry — and spend four days generating material under the tutelage of established writers.