International Writing Retreat

Sintra, Portugal | Summer 2024

September 8 -13 

Lisbon Writing - 2nd Edition

Dedicate time to yourself and your writing practice surrounded by the fairytale-like landscapes of Sintra. 

Follow in the footsteps of writers like Hans Christian Andersen, Lord Byron and Fernando Pessoa. Not to mention our previous year's participants! Everyone seems to agree: Sintra is the ideal place to write.

On this 6-day retreat, you will have the opportunity to uncover the secrets of Portugal while attending 21 hours of writing workshops.

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Limited places (12 people max.)

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👉 Join our last Q&A live session:
Wednesday, July 24 - 6:00 PM (Lisbon Time)

Palácio da pena cruz alta

Sense of Place

A 6-Day International Writing Retreat in Sintra to develop your own work-in-progress or start a new project. 

  • Programme

    In this 6-day retreat, we will look for a sense of place in our narratives, delving deep into themes of displacement, belonging, otherness and saudade. We will look at place not only as a source of inspiration but also as an exploration of identity and a catalyst for conflict and emotions.

    Participants can choose to either develop their own work-in-progress or start a new project from scratch following guided writing sessions. 

    Each session will feature a new topic or theme along with excerpts of related literature from Portugal and from all around the world, and time for you to work on your own projects in the idyllic setting of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

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6-Day Writing Retreat in detail

All information about the 6-day international writing retreat in Sintra.

Testemonials from Sintra Writing Retreat 2023

Your Guides

The dream team at the helm of the expedition.

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    Elena Traina
    Creative Writing Tutor

    Multilingual writer and researcher in Creative Writing Studies at Falmouth University (UK). Teacher at Scuola Holden (Italy), Escuela de Escritores (Spain) and Escrever Escrever (Portugal).

    I speak lots of languages and play lots of instruments. Not all of them flawlessly but also, crucially, and not all of them at once.

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    Conceição Garcia (São)
    Escrever Escrever CEO

    CEO and founder of Escrever Escrever. President of FNAC's literary contest.

    Passionate about writing, the city of Lisbon and teaching storytelling. 

    I am fond of gathering with people around a table: to write, to talk, to share a special meal or a good bottle of wine.

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    Escrever Escrever
    Hosting Organization

    Located in the very heart of Lisbon's historic centre, Escrever Escrever has been welcoming writers since 2008. In a room with a view on the Tejo river, here we write.

    We are a long-standing member of the European Association of Creative Writing Programmes

    With more than 1.200 students per year, several of them have been published. 

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