Weekend Writing Retreats

As Tom’s method has proven over and over and over again, and as more than 95% of his Write Your Book in a Weekend Retreat attendees can directly attest to, with the proper guidance, instruction, environment, desire, and a willingness to give into the literary inspiration of the Divine (even despite a bit of desperation), you can, indeed, write your book in a weekend.


Here’s a sampling of proof:

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2019 Retreats

In 2019, Tom will be hosting three Live Write Your Book in a Weekend Retreats, each one scheduled around a National Book Writing Weekend.


There also is an opportunity to sponsor a retreat for Tom. For more information on that option, contact Donna Velasco at Donna@TomBird.com.

In regard to Tom’s 2019 Retreats, all will be held at the dates and times listed below in the magical, spiritual mecca known as Sedona, AZ. And each can be attended either on a Live basis in Sedona or Virtually from the comfort of your home, wherever you might be.

Even though there are distinct, practical advantages to attending one of Tom’s retreats on a Live basis, especially if it is your first one, actual production results between the two alternatives vary only slightly.

Those attending one of Tom’s retreats in Sedona on a Live basis oftentimes make a vacation or a mini-vacation out of their trip. Here’s a link to The Sedona Chamber of Commerce website to explore options on what to do while in Sedona: https://sedonachamber.com/.
A listing of nearby hotels, other accommodations, and everything you will need to prepare for your trip will be emailed to you upon your registration for the retreat.

There is also a Fast Track Retreat (FTR) option limited to twenty authors each, and whether you are taking the retreat Live or Virtually, FTR is an attractive alternative that you may strongly want to consider.

What is FTR?

FTR is a virtual revision extension added onto any retreat date you register for that allows Tom to walk you and your fellow FTR participants through the revision of your book over the five days following the completion of your Write Your Book in a Weekend Retreat. As you can see from the following audio, results from Tom’s FTR’s have been excellent.

Just imagine writing, revising and readying your long awaited book for publication! With FTR, it’s possible.

Retreat Prices

Write Your Book in a Weekend Live – $795

Fast Track Retreat

Regular Price – $1495
Returning Authors – $1295
Purchased w/PN – $795

All Sedona-Based Live retreats are held at Sedona Creative Life Center

Write Your Book in a Weekend Live in Sedona 
March 14-17
August 29-September 1
November 14-17

Write Your Book in a Weekend Live in Houston 
September 12-14

Fast Track Retreat
February 4-8
March 18-22
June 10-14
September 2-6
October 7-11
November 18-22

Workshop Specifics

All of the phases of the retreat support the loving communion between yourself, your spirit, and your book – with all the other writers in the room (those in-person and those attending virtually).


After your registration is complete, you will receive an email within a day acknowledging that your place at the retreat has been reserved.


You’ll receive an itinerary and instruction packet via email.  There will also be an invitation to set up an appointment to review your documents and what you should do to prepare.


It is our pre-retreat responsibility to help remove the effects of any inappropriate education or training that you may have experienced that has kept you from achieving the results you deserve with your writing/publishing endeavors.

If you properly prepare for the retreat, you come ready to release your book.  Registered for a retreat close-in and do not have time to do all the prep work?  Do your best.

The prep-work can take anywhere from 6 to 20 hours and includes:

  • Downloading audio files to listen to when you write (you will receive these as part of your registration)
  • Reading and completing writing exercises from several of Tom’s books (you will receive these as part of your registration)
  • Watching videos
  • Attend complimentary webinars with Tom and other participants to have any remaining questions answered or concerns addressed.
  • Gathering supplies (any office supply store will have the items suggested for the writing and editing process.)

Information and details for the weekly pre-retreat assignments will be outlined on your Retreat Dashboard which will be sent to you after you complete your registration.


Retreat Schedule:

Thursday – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. *Attendance is optional but highly recommended
Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday – 8:30am to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Thursday evening:  Pre-retreat clearing session before the retreat “officially” begins. The purpose of this session is to get you “in the flow” with your book.  With the prep-work education and understanding in place, you are primed and ready to write.

Friday morning:  After a short introduction, the retreat begins, and within thirty minutes you are writing your book.

What is the average length of an American book these days? 35,000 words. So you can immediately see where the ability to write your book over the course of a long weekend comes into play.

Saturday and Sunday:  Writing/revising continues through the second and third day and concludes on Sunday at 2:15 p.m.

You can write your book in long-hand or on your laptop computer (you are not required to use a laptop).  If you are a speedy typist, you can save the step of having to type your entire manuscript at a later time.

Taking care of yourself when writing for 8 hours a day:

  • There are designated breaks for breakfast and lunch
  • Dress comfortably
  • Have plenty of healthy snacks and water on hand
  • We strongly encourage the avoidance of caffeine before and during the writing sessions


No book is fully completed until it has been revised.  Utilizing the momentum and escalated confidence you have gained as a result of having completed your book at the retreat, you will immediately move into the Revision Phase.  Some conclude the revision of their book during the weekend; while some others complete their revisions at home.


Payment plans are available with a $350, non-refundable down payment and the remaining balance received within two weeks of the beginning of the retreat.

All monies paid for a retreat are non-refundable.

You can transfer once within a twelve-month period to a later retreat.  Retreat transfers need to be completed three weeks prior to the start of the retreat for which you originally registered.

In the unlikely event of the cancellation of a retreat due to Tom’s illness or injury, a makeup retreat will be scheduled in the same area for a date no more than 12 months after the original date of the retreat is canceled.

At the time of any cancellation due to injury, registered participants can either transfer their registration to the makeup retreat or to any other already scheduled retreat in that 12-month period at no extra charge.


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