The funny thing about castles, is that they’re out in the middle of nowhere, often on top of a hill. That makes them unattractive for most tourists, who want to rush around seeing everything before their next flight. But castles are perfect for writing retreats and coworking spaces – magnificent, beautiful locations perfect for slowing down and unleashing your inner genius.
Split between other authors, we spend less to live in castles than we would for an apartment in a major city. By negotiating rent keeping costs low, we’re able to charge 2/3rd less than most other writing retreats.
Imagine waking up in a room that was built centuries ago, and putting your bare feet on the cold stones. You look out the window like a lord surveying his keep and breath in the fresh air.
Most “vacations” are spent standing in line to take a picture of something you’ll only ever see for five minutes. You end up returning home exhausted, instead of recharged.
You’re not here to be a tourist. You’re here to unleash your creative genius by slowing down.
We’re here to relax, but also to learn, grow, create and produce.
Writing in a castle created a truly authentic and magical experience for me. I was writing a dragon-shifter romance set in Cornwall during my time at the castle and I absorbed the inspiring and historical accurate atmosphere. It was also amazing to spend time with people from all over the world and share our love of writing.
Writing my first book ever in a castle with a bunch of experienced authors was a huge blessing. When I needed help, there was always someone ready to point me in the right direction. And of course, living in a castle was an adventure of a lifetime – don’t miss your chance!
Being in the castle inspired me in so many ways; the incredible people and ambiance gave me a boost to dream bigger, and the perfect environment to produce more. I’ll carry the great connections and memorable moments for life! I highly recommend it… with a warning that it may change your life.
Being in a castle with nomads, writers and entrepreneurs for a few weeks is as inspiring as it sounds. The environment provided me with new angles for future projects, and came with new friends that I’ve met up with numerous times since. I definitely would and recommend this to all who seek a truly memorable co-working/co-living experience.
This rustic 12th century Spanish fortress includes its own chapel and a magnificent view. It’s two hours north of Barcelona and near some of the world’s best preserved Medieval cities.
This month long retreat will coincide with Nanowrimo and take place in an epic Austrian fortress, about 2 hours from Vienna. Rappottenstein castle was built in the 12th century and is a wonderful example of both Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture.
Most writing retreats focus on craft – they help you tell the story you want to tell in the best way possible. I’m much more focused on reader-centric results… which means telling a story readers will love (and pay for).
The vast majority of authors lose money publishing their books, and I want to help writers make a living with books that sell themselves.
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There is nothing like being able to wake up in the morning in a beautiful, calm location and have the day to devote to your art and whatever inspires you. The people I met at the castle were some of the kindest and encouraging souls, and were a dream to live with and work next to. I still can remember the smell of the fireplace that we gathered around, the taste of the port we sipped, the crisp forest air as we explored the castle ground. Giving myself the time to create and rest was one of the best presents I’ve ever received.
I had no idea what to expect going into the NanoCastle experience, but it’s amazing how quickly you can adapt to waking up in an ornate bedroom, swatting away little green bugs, and spending almost your entire day investing in yourself and your story. I have never been more productive! Getting to explore the grounds, share group meals with people from around the world and play with the surprise castle-kitties was the added touch you’d be hard-pressed to find at any other kind of writing retreat. A+, would castle again.
The castle was a magical experience, especially the people and the positive vibes. Everybody was so productive. We´d work and write during the day or go out on an occasional exploration trip. In the evening we´d have dinner, inspiring conversations and share our ideas. And all in the setting of a beautiful castle. It was one of my best experiences.
Working at NaNoCastle unleashed my creativity, connected me with a lively and inspiring group of people, and reminded me of the importance of taking care of myself with a break from the everyday. It’s like a supercharge for both work and relaxation, and it’s stuck with me as a reminder that the writing experience can be whatever story we want it to be.
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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I know not whether some deceitful spirits haunt this spot, or whether it be the warm, celestial fancy in my own heart which makes everything around me seem like paradise—everything imparts a pleasant but sublime impression.