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Lake Atitlán Writers’ Retreat

Saturday, March 14 – Sunday, March 22, 2020

This spring, authors Jennifer De Leon and Adam Stumacher are excited to offer a retreat for writers of all levels in one of the most beautiful and inspiring spots on the planet, Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. We are partnering once again with acclaimed author Joyce Maynard to offer a unique writing experience in the lovely Mayan village of San Marcos La Laguna.

Photo Credit: Minky Warden

Participants will stay in stunning accommodations with a lakeside dock, located a short walk or boat ride into town. This retreat offers space and time to work on a writing project at any stage, coupled with supports such as one-on-one meetings with instructors, jumpstart sessions and craft lectures, and a visit by a literary agent.

In addition to working closely with Jenn and Adam and engaging in communal meals and activities with your fellow retreat participants, you have the option to join students in Joyce Maynard’s Write By The Lake workshop, located a short walk away, in attending craft lectures and occasional lunches with Joyce, as well as evening readings and a final party.

View from the main house

Jenn and Adam are the most inspiring teachers I’ve had the opportunity to work with. Their range of knowledge and dedication to teaching all elements of storytelling — process, craft, revision and beyond — summoned and nurtured the stories that burned inside of me. The enriching space amidst the jaw-dropping beauty of Lake Atitlan was equal parts retreat and way forward, a roadmap to access my most creative self.”

Kate Wisel, author of the award-winning short story collection Driving in Cars with Homeless Men



1. Please see the FAQs for information about travel to Guatemala.

2. If you have questions about the retreat experience, send us an email at lakeatitlanwritersretreat@gmail.com. For support with logistics and travel, reach out to Joyce Maynard’s personal assistant, Peggy Cook, at joycemaynardworkshop@gmail.com.

3. Spaces are limited, so apply early! To apply, submit a 1000-word writing sample, which can be either a stand-alone piece or an excerpt from a larger work. Those who would like their retreat to help them begin a project that they have not yet written can submit a description of the project and their goals as a writer.

Please email submissions to lakeatitlanwritersretreat@gmail.com

4. Once accepted, you will receive details on securing your place in the retreat. We will help you with your adventure every step of the way!

View from the front porch