Dig Deep & Recharge Retreat


A former ashram in the Essex Woods is the perfect place to meet with other writers for words, wine, and wisdom.

Spend Thursday to Sunday in the company of people who have a passion for stories in a setting that will speak to your soul.

What You Get When You Dig Deep


In the Essex Woods (twenty miles north of Boston) lies our retreat center. A rustic, yet clean and well appointed set of buildings, rest on 17 acres of land with walking trails, a fire pit, hot tub, sauna, and a short walk to the ocean. This center breathes peace and serenity; it is the perfect place to recharge and reconnect with your writing or enhance your skill. 

Your three night stay will include nine meals, bottomless coffee, snacks, wine, sparkling water, and the company of a small group of writers who share your passion for both crafting great stories and bringing them to the masses. 

We'll even arrange your ride from the airport, so once you have your luggage, we'll take care of everything. You're only concern is to chill out and dig deep--well unless you participate in the writing sprints, then there's the crack of the Sprint Master's whip.... 


  • Car service from airport

  • Get settled & Supper

  • Intros and opening talk


  • Breakfast and Sprints

  • Guided meditation

  • Talks and Lunch

  • Sprints, personal time, 1on1 sessions w/Jill & Mal

  • Talks and Supper (with guest speaker Elana Johnson!)

  • Sprint into the stars & Campfire/Hot Tub/Sauna


  • Breakfast and Sprints

  • Yoga to start your day

  • Talks and Lunch (Ads and Branding w/Mal)

  • Sprints, personal time, 1on1 sessions w/Jill & Mal

  • Talks and Supper (Road to $1Million w/Mal)

  • Sprint into the stars & Campfire/Hot Tub/Sauna



  • Breakfast and Sprints

  • Lunch

  • Pack up

  • Final talks and farewells (Pack up your knowledge w/Mal)

  • Car service to airport

Gourmet meals are included with vegetarian/vegan, gluten free, and other dietary considerations in mind. 

Food is chef's choice but we have input into what she creates on our behalf.

MAY  2021 - ESSEX, MA

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All attendees will get at least 30 minute 1 on 1 sessions with both Mal and Jill to talk ads, book keeping, marketing, blurbs, or to get feedback on any aspect of your writing business you'd like to speak with us about.


Essex woods can house 50 people across 20 rooms. Some rooms have single queen beds, some twins and doubles, some a mixture of three beds. 

We have enough room that everyone can get their own room for just $1000!


Payments refundable until April 1

If deposit chosen, full payment due April 1

Any questions? Contact Mal & Jill: writingwives@thewoodenpenpress.com

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