DIY Writing Retreat: Planning Your Schedule

It’s DIY Writing Retreat time! Planning how you’ll use your time can help you make the most of your retreat. Some considerations:

  • How much time can you set aside? The best thing about a DIY retreat is that you can fit it around your own schedule. You can tuck concentrated writing sessions and reflections into pockets of time without having to leave the rest of your life unattended.
  • What are your writing goals? Are you going to concentrate on fiction, research, or freelance work? Do you want to use the time to journal about your writing experiences, or to write poetry? Try to set 2-3 goals to accomplish during your retreat.
  • How are you going to find respite during your retreat? Be sure to set aside time for movement, contemplation, and entertainment. The purpose of a retreat is to not only get work done, but to come away from the experience refreshed.

With all that in mind, here’s the schedule I have for my writing retreat:


Noon -1 Lunch

1-1:30 Blog

1:30 -2:30 Reading about the craft of writing

2:30-4:00 Fiction writing

4-6 Community Read Library event

6-7:30 Dinner

7:30-8 Reflection

8 p.m. on — Spend time with family


9-noon Organizational fundraiser

Noon-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 Reading about querying

2:30-3 Outdoor activity

3-5 Freelance brainstorming and writing at library

5-6:30 Dinner

6:30-7 Reflection

7 p.m. on — Activity in town


8:30 -11:30 Bible Study/Church

11:30-1 Lunch

1-3 Blogging research and brainstorming at coffee shop

3-3:30 Final Reflection (Outdoors, weather permitting)

Tomorrow, I’ll post about some things that can enhance your retreat experience, and I’ll put up brief posts each day as I move through the retreat, with a final reflection on Tuesday next week.

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