Past Retreats

Last Writer’s Retreat in Sidney, BC.

Enjoyed by all!

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Our writers retreat cottage in Sidney is directly across from the ocean in a peaceful tranquil setting but only a short walk to Book-town, the name the locals give to downtown Sidney. The nearby marinas, kayak and paddle board rentals, gift shops and local restaurants and cafes make this a perfect setting to explore the area. Paddle over to Sidney Spit Marine park or take the local 20 min ferry.


Across the street from a fabulous view of the gulf islands and Mt. Baker. Enjoy a stroll on the beach.


The Ocean view retreat has 3 large bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, large country kitchen and 2 living rooms.

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One of the lovely bedrooms.

Retreat Space

The group workshop will take place in the garden area to make the most of the beautiful summer weather.  Writing space is also available in the two living room areas, kitchen and secluded areas in the garden.


Writer’s paradise with an ocean view.


Day One – Friday August 18th – 3pm – 7pm – Group workshop and writing exercises. By the end of Day one you will have the following outcomes:

Clarity about your book project, clarity on the purpose and reader for your book.  Evening Free to use the kitchen or dine out in Sidney and walk the beach.


Go for a walk on the beach right outside the front door.

Day Two – Saturday August 19th – 9am – 5pm – Group workshop and writing exercises. By the end of Day two you will have the synopsis/elevator speech written, author bio and working title and sub-titles.   Evening Free to use the kitchen or dine out in Sidney.  You may choose to visit Butchart Gardens and the firework display and/or take a boat tour in Todd inlet (additional cost).

Butchart Gardens, a short drive away.

Day Three – Sunday August 20th 9am – 5pm – a complete writing plan for your book – chapter by chapter, divided into individual writing exercises and a good start on your chapters!

Day Four – Monday August 21st 9am-11am – Final group meeting before check-out.  Noon – 2pm Lunch at the SeaHorse Cafe* 3pm-5pm Kayak or Paddle Board in Brentwood Bay (*additional cost from as little as $35 for 2 hours)

Why not rent a Paddle board or kayak?

More information HERE!

Our previous Writer’s Retreat in the Turks and Caicos.

Turks & Caicos

Imagine working on your book at a beach house on this beautiful beach in Turks and Caicos with the daily guidance of a successful publisher? The InspireABook writers retreat is facilitated by Julie Salisbury, Founder of Influence Publishing who has ten year’s experience and has published 100 books and made over 50% of them best sellers.

  • Do you want a simple system to help you transform your writing into a book?
  • Do you have lots of material already in the form of journal notes, essays and newsletters/blog notes and want to know how to organize them into a book?
  • Do you just have an idea or a picture and a burning need to get a message out there?
  • Are you half way through your manuscript or think you have finished, and need to know what the next step is?

An overview of Julie Salisbury talking about the Inspire-a-Book process– VIEW HERE

When you attend the writers retreat you will clearly understand the purpose of your book and will work on the “packaging” to ensure you are delivering the key message (whether your book is just an idea or you are half way through or you have completed the manuscript) I guarantee that at the end of the retreat you will have:

  • Working title/sub-title, synopsis/back page sales copy
  • Table of contents and working chapter titles and a clear writing plan, chapter by chapter!
  • A clear plan how to publish your book and timeline – and a good start on the writing!

This workshop gave me a new way to conceptualize the topic. Susan Blackwood

Great workshop, lots of information covered, helped me identify a theme, excellent worksheets for building my book content, as well as helpful feedback from the group
Jo-Ann Loro (fiction writer)

Even if you come to this retreat with just vague ideas, you will leave with a clear writing plan and get a good start to your book project and understand your publishing options.

Contact Julie Salisbury for more information.