The Retreat Yourself 10-Course Bundle

An Affordable, Life-Changing, Home-based Retreat for Fiction and Memoir Writers, from Beginners to Advanced

“Jess Lourey has been an invaluable resource as I begin my writing career. Having been a fan of her writing long before I decided I wanted to write seriously myself (and also part of my inspiration to transition from reader to writer), I can say that getting to work with Jess is even better than reading her stellar books. She helped me on my path to published writer.”

—Aimee Hix, author of What Doesn’t Kill You


Have you dreamed of writing that book? Maybe you've signed up for an online class, or read a how-to manual, or taken a seminar in the hopes it’d give you the nudge you need to pull it all together. Possibly you've even started drafting your project, have maybe written tens of thousands of words, yet it isn't coming together like you'd hoped.

I get it. I’ve published over 20 books, and it wasn't until recently that I cracked the codes: how to manage time, how to structure a powerful story regardless of genre, how to craft characters that leap off the page. I'm on a mission to share what I've learned because writing your best book—pulling the strands together to tell your story and having it resonate with readers—is a transformative experience.

Whether you're writing fiction or memoir, the Retreat Yourself 10-course bundle gives you the information, the guidance, and the discipline you need to write the story you're imagining. It takes you through your project, from the idea phase to editing, and shows you to build your book one small, manageable chunk at a time. At the end of this retreat, which you can complete in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace, you’ll have everything you need to finally write your story.

The 10 courses included in this bundle:

  • Set Your Retreat Goals
  • Choose and Refine Your Idea
  • Explore Your Genre
  • Write Cleaner, Better, Faster
  • Create Dynamic Characters
  • Write Dialogue that Crackles
  • Construct Cinematic Settings
  • Plotting Your Story Structure: the Book in a Bag Method
  • Achieve Balance and Discipline
  • Editing Tips from a Bestseller

That’s $500 worth of courses for $24! It's also the first time outside of my writing retreats (which start at $3200) that I've made this material available.

*Bonus: Comes with the “How to Get Published” PDF upon sign-up: peek behind the scenes to see how to publish your book.The bonus PDF can be accessed in the first module of the course.

If you want to write that book, the time is now! The world needs your story, whether you're writing world-bending sci fi, deeply personal memoir, healing crime fiction, or thought-provoking literary fiction (and everything in between).

“Jess's honesty, encouragement, and knowledge of the craft helped me make the leap from aspiring writer to published author. I still take the lessons I learned from Jess and apply them to my daily writing routine. She truly wants to help others succeed and provides you with the tools you’ll need on every step of your journey.”

—Lissa Marie Redmond, author of A Cold Day in Hell

Your Instructor

Jess Lourey
Jess Lourey

Jess Lourey teaches, travels, and writes about secrets.

She's the bestselling Edgar, Agatha, and Lefty-nominated, Anthony-winning author of nonfiction, children's books, YA adventure, magical realism, romcom mysteries, and thrillers. Jess is a retired professor of writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft's Excellence in Teaching fellowship, a Psychology Today blogger, a leader of writing retreats, and a TEDx presenter. Check out her TEDx Talk to discover the surprising inspiration behind May Day, her first published novel. In addition to her online courses, she teaches face-to-face writing workshops for all and leads transformative writing retreats for women.

When not traveling, reading, writing, or hanging out with her family, you can find her dreaming of her next story. You can find out more about Jess on her website and by signing up for her newsletter.

Courses Included with Purchase

Set Retreat Goals (Course 1 in Retreat Yourself Bundle)
Orient Yourself for Success!
Jess Lourey
Choose and Refine Your Idea (Course 2 in Retreat Yourself Bundle)
Guidance and Activities to Help You Select the Perfect Idea for your Book
Jess Lourey
Choose a Genre (Course 3 in Retreat Yourself Bundle)
Select the Perfect Vehicle for Your Story
Jess Lourey
Write Cleaner, Better, Faster (Course 4 in Retreat Yourself Bundle)
The 7-Step Pyramid on Point Method for Turning an Idea into a Novel or Memoir
Jess Lourey
Create Dynamic Characters (Course 5 in Retreat Yourself Bundle)
Mastering Character in Fiction and Memoir
Jess Lourey
Write Dialogue that Crackles (Course 6 in Retreat Yourself Bundle)
Mastering the Craft of Conversation in Fiction or Memoir
Jess Lourey
Construct Cinematic Settings (Course 7 in Retreat Yourself Bundle)
Mastering Place, Time, and Mood in Fiction and Memoir
Jess Lourey
Plotting Your Story Structure (Course 8 in Retreat Yourself Bundle)
A Simple Yet Revolutionary Scene-based Method for Structuring Your Story
Jess Lourey
Balance and Discipline (Course 9 in Retreat Yourself Bundle)
Overcome Your Blocks and Write That Book
Jess Lourey
Bathe Your Book—Revolutionary Editing Hacks (Course 10 in Retreat Yourself Bundle)
Insider Tips for Superboosting Your Novel or Memoir
Jess Lourey

Original Price: $500

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
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