The Belize Writers’ Conference

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Memoir, April 23 – 28, 2018

at Ak’bol Yoga Retreat on Ambergris Caye, Belize

Breathe new life into your writing while relaxing on the white sands of a tropical island at the first-annual Belize Writers’ Conference. Enjoy four hours of daily workshops with two New York literary agents—Carrie Howland of Empire Literary and Kate Johnson of Wolf Literary Services with Jane Anne Staw, author and writing coach—plus time to reflect, generate new writing, and enjoy excursions on your own like snorkeling, exploring Mayan temples or hiking in the rainforest. The Belize Writers’ Conference is a juried writers’ conference held at an eco-retreat and offers inspiration to move your writing forward. Daily opportunities for yoga and meditation for writers will reset your spirit so you can write fearlessly from your deepest self. Panel discussions on the business of writing will prepare you to successfully market yourself and your book to agents and publishers.

The conference includes five days of workshops, including critique sessions and Master Classes taught by Carrie Howland, Kate Johnson and Jane Anne Staw on nourishing your writing practice and building a fulfilling career as an author.

Delicious buffet-style meals daily and the use of the grounds at Ak’bol Yoga Retreat, a gorgeous eco-lodge on the beach, are also included.

Unplug, unwind, and get empowered to produce your best work. Your registration fee includes:

Please note that we offer the following registration options, which include lodging, meals, and conference fee and extras as stipulated above. Travel and transportation costs are not included.

Seafront Cabana w/ private bath SOLD OUT
Gardenview Cabana with private bathroom SOLD OUT
Village Room (single occupancy/shared bathroom) $1799*
Village Room (double occupancy/ shared bathroom) $1729*

*Prices are based on reservations secured with a non-refundable $500 deposit made by PayPal. Prices will increase by at least $200 at each housing level on January 31, 2018 to March 1, 2018. All Belize Writers’ Conference prices are in U.S. dollars.

**Please note there are a limited number of cabanas with private baths available and are offered on a first-paid basis. All Village Rooms include dormitory-style bathrooms

We regret that we cannot accommodate highly-specialized diets but will have vegetarian and non-vegetarian options at each meal.

Three percent of conference profits support academic scholarships for Belizean youth through Rise Up Belize!, a California-based 501(c)(3)non-profit.

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Come home with me…

I was born in the tropical paradise of Belize and love to facilitate retreats and workshops on creativity, healing and personal development at a lodge on an island in the Caribbean sea, as well as in various locations in beautiful California. I also mentor individuals who desire more joy and clarity in their lives and companies ready to improve internal communication and conflict resolution. Information about my upcoming events is available through my newsletter or blog. Or contact me via the Connect tab on this website.

Kudos for Joey’s creativity retreat in Belize:

Light The World With Your Words

“I feel grounded and energized after this workshop. It gave me hints for my direction and got me connected to the power inside me. I understand the power of opening my heart in all situations in my life.”

A. Vaananen, Finland

“Your workshop is another pivotal link in piercing the know on my spiritual journey. I thank you, deeply.”

V. Murray, Victoria, B.C.

“I found the creative writing exercises in combination with the meditation to be great facilitators of my writing. Thank you!”

A. Rosen Boston

“Joey, you rock! I loved the free-flowing guidance through the creative process. Thank you!”

V. Vila, Calgary, Canada

“Through this workshop I experienced a release of my trauma.”

D. Richmond, Belize

“Fun and enriching. You helped me connect the dots in my life.”

D. Snyder, Belize

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Joey has taught courses to teens in relationship education, creativity, and spirituality since 2000 and has had a private coaching practice for teens since 1995.

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“You’re energetic, original, and open-minded. I hope you come back.”


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