The Write Journey Retreat for Writers in the Heart Of The Karoo

If you need to break away to write your story, The Write Journey retreat will take you on a personal journey into how to discipline the process of crafting your story, developing your idea, characters and plotting to create a story the world needs to experience.

What better place to spend a weekend away from the hustle and bustle. Escape to the tranquil serenity of the Karoo, where you can share some me time with your characters and find yourself in the process. 

If you want to break away and focus on your story, send us an email

Daniel Dercksen has been working actively as a journalist, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, and story editor for the past 25 years, nurturing the careers and success stories of many storymakers and storytellers. With his retreat, he will share his secrets to finding your story and making the most of your creativity.

Take a look at what the retreat has to offer / A walk on the ‘wandelpad’ trail

How The Retreat Will Benefit You As A Writer

  • It takes you on an insightful and inspirational journey into what it takes to be a writer and how to make the most of who you are as a writer.
  • It offers an up-to-date exploration of what it takes to craft a story from inspiration to final draft, examining all the building blocks required to write a story that is ready for producing and publishing.
  • It is about turning ideas into a successful story while learning about yourself in the process.
  • We all serve the story, the writer, the characters, the structure … It is about you and your story, the whole story, and nothing but that.

The Write Journey is an interactive, intimate, and introspective journey into the world of the story, empowering writers to take ownership of the creative journey, and creative expression.

“I had an amazing time in Prince Albert this weekend at Daniel Dercksen’s writers retreat in December 2021. I don’t want to call it a course because it is so much more than just this. Each of us has at least one story in us, and if you feel overwhelmed with the process of pinning down your story, I strongly recommend a Karoo visit with Daniel! This was soul-enriching, and I haven’t been this inspired in a long time!” Belinda Martins / Cape Town (2021)

“Sometimes, in life, you encounter Serendipity.  I quickly realised that I was sitting across a maestro who plies his art with great skill. Daniel shares his extensive experience in the writing arena, theatre and film and he is a great teacher.  The four sessions were packed with information and I learnt to see the structure of a story and how characters, theme and plot all interact to shape a memorable tale or movie.  I am inspired to put pen to paper and continue The Write Journey.  We all have a story.  Some of us are fortunate enough to be shown the way and start the journey.” Petro Lotz, Prince Albert

‘Writing books has been a long-held ambition of mine, but I never knew where to begin. Daniel’s workshop has given me exactly what I needed – the tools and the process to finally start writing books. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience and is very generous with it. The content of his workshop is rich, practical and interesting. Thank you Daniel – I’ll dedicate the first book to you!’Tamsin Collins, Prince Albert

“Ek het sopas n werkswinkel in Skryfkuns by Daniel Dercksen ‘Writing Studio’ in Prince Albert voltooi, en het dit uiters leersaam gevind. Die passie waarmee Daniel sy ervaring deel is aansteeklik en die struktuur en voorbeelde wat hy vir mens gee waarvolgens mens jou storie of draaiboek kan skryf is maklik verstaanbaar en prakties uitvoerbaar. Ek kan die ervaring hoog aanbeveel.” Louis Botha

Write your story now! You are now ready to take your first step on a journey that will ignite the imaginations of readers worldwide.

Looking For Accomodation?

De Bergkant Lodge is a beautiful Cape Dutch homestead situated opposite The Writing Studio. Set in the tranquil ambience of the Karoo, De Bergkant Lodge offers guests a relaxing and luxurious travelling experience with two large sparkling swimming pools to relax in after your writing session.

To register for the retreat send us an email