What Tom’s Authors are Saying
About Their 2021 Retreat Experiences

“This retreat has been a life-changing event for me. I am so happy that I decided to sign up to write my book in a weekend and as amazing and unbelievable as it may seem, I did indeed finish the first draft of my novel. Thank you Tom. Your Method is amazing.”

-Fran Addeo

“This weekend was the third “Write Your Book in a Weekend” writing retreat I’ve done with Tom. I keep coming back because I get so much writing done. With Tom’s commitment to the group and his inspirational leading of the group, anyone can get write their book in a weekend. Tom’s system and approach to writing works! After my first retreat with Tom several years ago, I just kept writing and haven’t stopped since. I’ll be back for more.”

-Julie Hatch

“It is always an honor and a very special time when I am writing in one of Tom’s seminars. There is an alchemical process that occurs because of the space he holds in the group. I am grateful beyond words right now”

– E D

“I’d been wanting to write something about the magical feeling of total solar eclipses and had felt blocked for a while until today, when I just wrote something that pleased me very much! I also worked on a song I’d started years ago, and wrote some short stories (that will be children’s books, once illustrated — and will go into a bigger book of stories, too) but mostly there is just a feeling of relaxation and possibility, the possibility arising from relaxation … taking away the stress that makes writing difficult!”

-Ashira Malka

“Once again, this was absolutely the most incredible writing experience! I remember the first time I could not believe Spirit was coming through! It was so profound and I can’t wait to do this again! Thank you so very, very much! What a gift!”

-Debra Ewing

“I am grateful for the space that you hold time and time again that supports my creativity and the expression of my true wisdom.”

-Eileen Marder-Mirman

“I came to the retreat thinking I would work on revisions for my book, but instead an entirely new book came through that I have almost completed. It feels pretty amazing! ”

-Betty Fruin

“This weekend has been immeasurably helpful for me to get to heart of what my books actually are. They are different from what I expected and more like what I’d hoped for them to be. Very useful guidance and structure. Thank you!”

-Charlyn d’Anconia

“I used this weekend retreat to revise a book that I have completed previously in a weekend retreat. Times leader ship was top notch! Janelle’s assistance was invaluable in keeping me linked to the group of current authors! “

-Joan Lafuze

“I was inspired to attend Tom’s ‘Write Your Book In A Weekend’ after meeting him at church and attending a sampling of the Tom Bird Method. The weekend course was extremely well organized from the pre-course communication all the way through the completion of the course. I was not only able to finish the draft of my first book but I was able to start my second. I have signed up for the Author Revision workshop and look forward to continuing the process!”

-Jennifer Rue

“This is a fascinating process to me, because it not only released my writing, but transformed the way I look at the everyday. Surrender is at the core of Tom’s method. Relinquishing the pernicious power of blockages, fears, and doubts that are entrenched in us and surrendering to a new voice – the inner power of oneness. Tom helps us remember that Spirit has always been there, waiting to take obstacles away and illuminate what we have deep within. By surrendering with a lightened heart, we can find a genuine voice, releasing words that bring forth our hopes, dreams, and visions. And with this process comes a burst of energy – not overwhelming but a calm energy like no other. I feel transformed by this weekend and can’t wait to put into daily practice what I’ve learned.”

-Buzz Voelker

“This was the most progress I made on my book for months. I wrote 73 pages, double-spaced, and still enjoyed the beach during breaks. It was my birthday weekend! Thank you for holding the space.”

-Mary L. Westcott

“I loved the retreat and got my book completed that I had previously started. It was a very warm and inspirational program. I was able to stay focused and creative.”

-Eva Malanowski

“Such a Blessing to be back in one of Tom Bird’s Writer’s Retreats…..soooo appreciate the sacred space held for us to stay supremely focused, in the Divine flow, supported both as writers & human beings. Feeling grateful & inspired…Thank you all. ”

-Clytie Lane

“The weekend and pre-retreat webinars have been very helpful in allowing a really creative flow of writing. Thank you”

-Pamela Moolman

“I’m very grateful for this Weekend retreat and surprised that I got through and wrote about 14,000 words. I did it with time differences when I live in Sydney Australia. This is the first time I do a writing retreat and never thought I am a writer. This certainly opened my eyes to another world and inspires me to keep writing. Thank you Tom and Janelle for leading us through the process with so much grace. “

-Ellen Zhu

“Thank you Tom and your team for a wonderful retreat. This was my best one yet.

I think I’ve done 4 retreats so far. Each time I write in this way I find it not only helps me to create a large body of work ready to come through but I feel it in my body. This time I felt so much clearer in my body. I have been through a lot of healing since my first retreat in 2018 and I can really see how important our first book writing experience really is.

I’ve had a big life and writing from God has offered me a way to move through energies that I have not been able to process easily in the past, so I held them within.

I find writing The Tom Bird method is a powerful way to heal from the past and as a healer and channel of over 30 years I highly recommend Tom’s system to anyone who wants to write and especially write to heal.
Initially I had no intention that I would be doing any healing but 3 years and 4 retreats later that’s exactly what has happened.

I couldn’t be happier where I now am in life and look forward to moving into the publishing process this year. ”

-Kim Lansdowne-Walker

“I wasn’t able to attend the first workshop I signed up and at that time had an idea about what I wanted to work on.
By the time this workshop came around my idea was in the distance and not in my mind.

As I sat down to write I had no idea what would come out and by the end I realized this was the idea but couldn’t have come at that time because I was in my head about it.

The past 3 days allowed the story to create itself. I am very please and excited about where it will go next.
Thank you for the space to create and be and dance with words in. ”

-Mira Claire

“Write Your Book in a Weekend has been transforming. As a beginner writer, I had no expectations of how this weekend would go. I express myself well in writing and felt pretty confident that the weekend would go well and it did! I am pleased to share that I am over halfway completed with my very first book and can’t wait to continue. It wasn’t until the third day of writing that I learned to completely release control of the writing, simply because I felt like I had no more good ideas left to share. And today’s writing was the best, most inspired writing so far. I was an empty vessel for sure. I was led to write in an unexpected direction my first day and continued to be surprised at where the book was taking me. It has been a unique experience that I’m grateful to have participated in and I’m looking forward to coming to another workshop again soon!”

-Jenifer Morales

“This is the second Write your Book in a Weekend retreat that I have attended. The sacred space prepared for you is a safe and special place for you to write and let God flow through you as your book becomes not just a wish or a desire but a reality. At this retreat, I completed the edits for the book I wrote at my first retreat. I started three other books that are part of a 5-book series and continued writing on a book that has been in progress for the past year. During this retreat, I also wrote a companion book to my first book that I would have had no idea that God wanted me to write it until attending this retreat! Thank you, Tom, Janelle, and John Whitehorse, for creating and providing this wonderful place for authors!”

-Joy Branson

“These weekend workshops are phenomenal. We are held in such beautiful energy that keeps us writing no matter what. I never would have believed I could so long, essentially, nonstop and the material just keeps coming. I am very grateful for the team of people that provide this awesome service to us.”

-Sheila Furth

“Working with Tom and Janelle was amazing. Tom really helped me through my writer’s block with so much grace and holding space. I felt safe and held in a sacred container while working on my book. Also, the creative way the retreat is set up really works with my way of creating.”

-Myria van Raemdonck

“This is the most incredible experience I have ever had. I thought I was here to write my story, however, I did not write it alone. Automatic writing personified with the Divine. That’s all I can share, for now, you will just have to wait until it is done! I am SO excited!!”

-Debra Ewing

“Yet another awesome Writer’s Retreat….always grateful for the sacred space you hold Tom for us all as writers & deeply appreciate these retreats…as this is the only time at present I can pour myself, my heart & soul into this form of expression which is part of my calling. Thank you so much….almost done with this story! ?”

-Clytie Lane

“Finally finished my book this weekend! Not exaggerating to say I am euphoric, after wanting this book to be born for so long. I always do my best writing during the retreats and it was a wonderful retreat, as always. I am definitely a Tom Bird “lifer” –can’t wait for the next one. (Book #2 already in the works!) “

-Alison Patton

“Wow! It was great to set aside time for writing and have your guidance.”

-Susan Tracy McDaniel

“I have taken several of Tom Bird’s writer’s workshops, and I’ve noticed that I have a deeper experience connecting with the Divine Author Within every time. This is channeling in its highest form.”

-Michael Bays

“Tom’s workshop method was incredibly unique and allowed what has been inside of me to write to pour forth like a gushing stream – it was joyous and every day I looked forward to the focused time spent writing. The beginning prayer and the audio for the background while writing were set the intention in a very powerful way – very powerful. Thank you Tom I believe it’s a life-changer. ”

-Julia Olson

“This Write Your Book in a Weekend Workshop has re-connected me with my muse! I honestly wasn’t sure if it would work for me, but during the very first writing session, after I reached out to Tom for help, he coached me and helped me get there. I wasn’t always able to outwrite my conscious mind, but most of the time I managed to. I can’t wait to publish my book!”

-Heidi Gessner

“Tom’s spot-on intuitive guidance is amazing. The space he held for our group during the workshop was palpable. It allowed me to return to or to maintain a deep connection to my Divine Author Within. He knew when I had finished my first book and was ready to move on to a second before I did. My initial resistance melted away as I continued to write and it became clear.”

-Peg Robertson

“I have been writing for a long time and, out of desperation to finish a project or meet a deadline, I often try to sequester myself away from family, and responsibilities for a few days to blast through the work. But that’s what it feels like — blasting through something, through the story, through my doubts, through my discomfort — and it has historically been very painful for me to write for extended periods of time, despite the fact that writing is part of my profession and of utmost importance to my life. This weekend retreat, however, marked a turning point for me in that, for the first time, I was writing at a lovely, comfortable, and desired pace and didn’t feel viscerally uncomfortable or in doubt. I simply felt connected to my story, to my characters, and was enjoying being with the discoveries that revealed themselves. I feel very relieved and anticipate working this way regularly by making it fundamental to my lifestyle — because writing is truly a way of life.”

-Lynea Diaz-Hagan