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CreativCastle is a migrating creative refuge in the world’s most fascinating castles. Whether you’re writing a book or building a business, we’ll give you the support and inspiration you need for a massive breakthrough.

Live in a castle with 7-15 professional writers.

A personal writing coach will help you clarify your message or story, and our intensive workshops will teach you everything you need to know about publishing and marketing a bestseller. You will leave with skills to build your successful author career with confidence.

Why a castle?

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.

We find the most inspiring castles we can, and invite you to join.

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.


We'll help you...

Get Inspired

One great idea is worth a year of hard work. We’ll help you discover your Eureka moment.

Find your value

Providing measurable value to an enthusiastic community makes success inevitable. We’ll help you craft work that resonates with your audience.

Do the work

With supportive community, a peaceful and remote environment, and our productivity hacks, you’ll create more than you ever thought possible – and finally get your vision out into the world.

Just imagine...

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.

This is not a vacation.

You’re not here to be a tourist. You’re here to unleash your creative genius by slowing down.

  • A digital detox
  • Solitude and companionship
  • Find your purpose
  • Get shit done

We’re here to relax, but also to learn, grow, create and produce.

Your Hosts

Derek Murphy

Derek has helped over a thousand authors publish their books, and spoken at dozens of writing conferences about book design and marketing. He recently finished a PhD thesis on Paradise Lost, and now spends most of his time writing about fallen angels, mermaids and vampires while building new resources for indie authors

Lanna Yang

Lanna is a nomadic fashion designer. She loves keeping clean, having a detailed plan, and vetoing some of Derek’s more dangerous ideas. 

They met in Taiwan, got married in Hawaii, and now roam the world looking for adventures.


  • 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.

    Lauren Smith
    Romance Author
  • 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!

    Yamile Yemoonyah
    Spirit Guide
  • 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.

    Nicole Seelinger
  • 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.

    Peter Beukering
    Travel Blogger

Upcoming Retreats

Medieval castle in Llaers, Spain. Oct. 16-23

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.

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Upcoming Retreats

Medieval castle in Rappottenstein, Austria. Oct. 30th-Nov. 26th

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.

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How's this different?

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. 

  • Write satisfying stories that readers love
  • Design a book that attracts your audience
  • Launch to #1 on Kindle
  • Increase visibility and maximize earnings
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  • Room and half-board
  • Unlimited coaching
  • Creativity boosting
  • Unblock your genius
  • Brainstorm and plan
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  • Experience of a lifetime
  • Massive growth and productivity
  • Envision and create your best work
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Make a Grand Gesture

J.K. Rowling checked into a suite at a 5-star hotel near Edinburgh Castle (one of her inspirations for Hogwarts) to finish the 7th Harry Potter book. Take your own bold step.

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.

Liz Leo
Writer & Creative Director

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.

Kristina Horner
Writer & Community Manager at Microsoft

What if I don't have a book yet?

If you’re even thinking about writing a book (and you should be), I can help you figure out what it should be, and we can have a title, outline and introduction finished in less than one week.

What will we eat?

Breakfast and a light lunch is included everyday – we’ll use organic, locally sourced ingredients for the main meals, but also have tons of snacks available 24/7. Each night dinners will be prepared by one guest (cooking and meal prep is an excellent way to “stew” on your ideas while keeping your hands busy).

Can you help me get published?

No, but I can help you write the type of book that agents are looking for, and teach you to build a platform that will greatly improve your chances. (Though I’ll probably try to sell you on self-publishing, which is the better choice for many authors).

How will I get there?

Travel to the castle is not included in the retreat price – you’ll need to fly into the nearest major airport and then take a train. We’ll pick you up at the station and drive you to the castle.

Will there be internet?

Yes, and it’ll be decent, but probably not amazing. We recommend getting a local sim card for your phone when you arrive at the airport, most countries have cheap data plans so you can stay connected and share all the amazing pictures you’ll be taking.

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If you're serious about coming to a retreat, send us a quick message telling us why you want to come and what you plan to work on during your stay.


  • 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.

    Bee Kal
  • 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.

    Jacquelyn Judith
    Travel Blogger

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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. 

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