September 4TH - September 13th, 2018.

JULIE MALONEY, Director of WRA, will return to the island of Alonnisos for the eighth to lead a ten day writing retreat. Open to women writers of all levels, writing in all genres, this retreat offers a perfect balance of community and solitude. Stay in the family owned NINNA PENSION, up the hill from the port. (Visit: www.ninna.gr.) Enjoy the friendly service of Ninna and her family whose warm welcome to us each year cannot be surpassed. We will write each morning close to the sea surrounded by the island's flora. Inspiration abounds in such a setting as this one. Limited to 12 writers.

Fly to Athens with a direct connection to the island of Skiathos which has an international airport. From Skiathos, book a ferry or hydrofoil to Alonnisos. You may travel from Athens to Skiathos via Olympic Airways or another airway of your choice. Secure your ticket ahead of time via ferry or hydrofoil to Alonnisos through our suggested travel agent, Giorgos, at Aegean Thesaurus Travel at: giorgos@thesaurus.gr. Let him know that you are with the WOMEN READING ALOUD WRITER’S RETREAT with Julie Maloney. If you are traveling from London, you have the possibility of booking to Skiathos with a UK travel agent. If you need assistance to Athens and are traveling from the USA, contact: Linda Shuller at Pro Travel in Livingston, NJ, at 973 994-2999. Due to varying travel timetables, it is suggested that you plan your arrival one day ahead of the retreat's official beginning to allow for any scheduling conflicts. You don't want to miss the WELCOME DINNER!  

Stunningly exquisite and newly renovated, the pension offers single and double accommodations. Two double room apartments are available with two bedrooms and a shared bath. If you are interested in sharing a double room apt. with a friend, please send in names of both writers who will be sharing accommodations. All other accommodations are single rooms with private baths. All rooms are spacious and all have a private veranda overlooking the Aegean Sea. Each room provides modern conveniences such as A/C, TV, and refrigerator. You will not be disappointed. You will be entranced by the beauty and warmth that engulfs you from the first moment you step into your surroundings.


  • Writing Workshop each morning - 9:30 AM to 12: 30 PM, beginning on September 5th.
  • 2“Nite Writes” - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.
  • All workshops follow the Amherst Writers and Artists Method.
  • Afternoons are open for swimming, kyaking, hiking, walks on the beach, island hopping, people watching, sweet shops, shopping, siesta time and more writing in the privacy of your own balcony. Optional trip to the island of SKOPELOS for dinner one evening.
  • Kali Thea Yoga Studio (optional) offers yoga and massage treatments including Swedish, Thai and Hot Stones.

$2250 includes your private room, private bath, private balcony facing the sea...and breakfast served each morning...and more:

  • Welcome Dinner on September 4th, set on one of the most glorious beaches on the island.
  • 8 Writing Workshops beginning September 5th through September 12th.
  • 2 Nite Writes --2 Evening Programs where we will write and discuss writing questions/themes.
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise --4 hr. cruise--breathtaking-- with swimming, food and drinks, phenomenal photographic opportunities
  • Guest Dinner provided by our gracious host from Ninna's Pansion.
  • Closing Ceremony and Farewell Reception on September 12th.
  • Departure - September 13th. If you wish to extend your stay, arrangements must be made ahead of time with the pension.

$2150 -- For each writer sharing a double room apartment

$1150 -- For spouse/friend sharing a room who is interested in the experience but who will NOT be participating in the writing workshops but who will be included in the Welcome Dinner, Sunset Dinner Cruise, and Farewell Reception.


$500 non-refundable deposit secures your spot
Balance due July 1st.


Food on the island is quite reasonable. Plan on spending approximately $45 a day, depending on your food choices and how much you eat and drink. You might find it hard to resist the spinach and cheese pie offered around town, as well as the “fish of the day” with Greek salad.

I guarantee you that the hardest part of this retreat will be in leaving the island of Alonnisos and the peace and joy it provides.
- Julie Maloney, Director of WRA



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“If you are even thinking about attending, let me assure you that this will be the best investment you could make for yourself.  Between the wonderful writing sessions, the beauty of the island, the friendships of the women writers, it was life changing.”

--Tammy Coia, Mexico

"I arrived on Alonissos a tired and stalled writer in need of a huge dose of energy and faith. Ten days later, I left the beautiful island, the wonderful Julie Maloney, and the company of twelve congenial women, a new woman and refreshed writer. I have been working with joy and confidence on my third book ever since."

--Ruth Yunker, CA, USA


Julie's skills and the magic of the island of Alonnisos joined forces with the AWA writing method for an inspiring retreat. This was my second year to attend. Julie promoted an atmosphere which encouraged the writer to experiment with new voices and dive into an ocean of new feelings. I experienced wonderful group support which motivated me to move forward in my writing while remaining in the present moment.

--Patricia Vogle, Germany


“Magical.  That’s the best word I can use to describe the experience of being on retreat in Alonnisos, Greece with Julie Maloney.  She assembled a group of kick-ass writers who were as generous as they were talented.  I discovered another breathtaking part of our planet, as well as the nascent writer in me waiting to be born.”  
--Pascale Kavanaugh, NJ, USA


“Julie Maloney put her whole heart, mind and soul into creating a retreat that is fulfilling on so many levels.  She brings together women from diverse backgrounds to a magical location and sets us free to explore our stories and the island.  I was traveling for 5 months around the world and participating in this retreat was one of the best choices I made along the way.” 
--Lauren Rutten, NC, USA


"I had the privilege of attending the writing retreat in Alonnisos, Greece in 2017. My experience was so much more than I expected, life changing actually. I have come back to Australia a new person, with a fire in my belly that is unstoppable. My love of writing has enhanced. I learned so much from Julie and the other women- the kula. I feel so enriched by the experience."

-- Vicky Xirakis, Australia


"In this glorious piece of paradise, I was able to move deeply into my own work and share that with amazingly talented and generous women. The structure of the retreat as led by Julie (Maloney), the exquisite beauty of Alonnisos, and the companionship of the other writers create an alchemy--a kind of mystical experience--unlike any other writer's retreat I've attended. It was transformative."

--Priscilla Orr, NJ, USA

“The writing retreat is a safe environment, an opportunity for you to embrace new challenges…explore your own creativity…Julie is the perfect guide to take you on this journey.” 
--Bibi Hamblin, Greece


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