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Are you a budding writer? Already published? Returning to writing after a hiatus? Relatively new to writing? Do you want a place to hone your writing skills that offers independent writing sessions, mentorship and professional development? Or do you simply want time and space to work on that idea or story you have carried in your head for so long?


Join us for four transformative days at the Crater Safari Lodge in Fort Portal this November for the one-on-one private mentorship you need.


It doesn’t matter where you are on your writing journey. The only requirements needed are that you are a lover of literature and writing, have intellectual curiosity, have the desire to deepen your understanding of the creative process and are open to new artistic experiences.


Admission to the retreat is selective. Each applicant must be able to bring a little something special to the programme.


Our sessions are intense with daily exercises where you will work on a novel, or chapter, or story outline.


This retreat is not a binge-writing event. So whether you want to edit a short story, finish a novel or non-fiction book, write a couple of chapters, outline a novel/ book—it doesn’t matter what you plan, you’re more likely to do it if you’ve thought ahead, and we will work with you ahead of the retreat to set up your expectations and targets.


We want you to focus solely on your writing and this retreat will be an excellent way to recharge and kick your writing up a notch.


We hope this retreat will also be a “workation”: a working vacation where you relax, learn and mostly be inspired.


The Venue: Crater Safari Lodge, Fort Portal, Uganda


Just a few minutes away from the lush green tropical rainforest of Kibale Forest National Park, Crater Safari Lodge offers incomparable luxury, breath-taking scenery and outstanding opportunities to observe the unique wildlife.


Crater Safari Lodge is an Award winning lodge-Best Eco Lodge/Resort  and featured in many international news as one of Uganda’s Luxury and Beautiful lodge. 


Amenities at the lodge include a restaurant, bar, lounge, crafts shop, mobile spa facility, swimming pool and campfire area overlooking the Crater Lake.


Daily routine on the retreat


  • We will begin each day after breakfast with a short prep session, followed by questions and discussions.
  • We will provide a daily, brief five-finger writing exercise for limbering up purposes each morning on request
  • You will then be free to write anywhere else for the rest of the day. Writing sessions will be broken down in two or three 90 minute chunks per day. 
  • Your facilitators will be on hand daily for one-on-one sessions to discuss your project and to give you feedback on your writing
  • The resident chef, will whip up fresh and delightful meals for lunch and dinner
  • You may use afternoons for further writing, for sightseeing or for anything else that catches your fancy. Tours are available at an extra cost and arrangements can be done directly with the Crater Safari Lodge management.
  • After which we shall have a round table session where we shall workshop at least two pieces from the day.



As a final wrap up, participants can upload up to 3,000 words to the online group for feedback from your facilitators.


Accommodation, food, tuition and mentoring costs


We will allocate rooms on a first come, first served basis. Participants are welcome to bring a non-writing partner with them. 


Costs include accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, tuition and mentoring, course material, and staff costs. Telephone excluded.




Deposits and payments- In order to secure the accommodation, we need a non-refundable payment of $200 of the above amount immediately. The balance is due 30 September 2017.


•    Prices are subject to fluctuation if not paying in dollars.


For more information or to book your place please contact us via email. (Mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Call: Joel +256-754974595 or Jackee: +256-776603445)


Please note that the programme fee includes accommodation [full board and return ride to and from Crater Safari Lodge].


There are no refunds available when you book. We cannot transfer bookings from one retreat to another. You are welcome to transfer or sell your space to someone else. Should you do this, please inform SuccessSpark Brand immediately of your replacement. SuccessSpark Brand Limited is not responsible for finding you a replacement if you can’t make it.