Here is the perfect opportunity to remove yourself from your daily routine, spend a weekend in a serene location, and join lovers of language seeking to improve their writing.

Siddhartha workshopYou’ll have time to work on your writing, go for a walk in the park just across the road, talk to your fellow participants about writing—or a bit of everything.

We’ll gather at mealtimes (included in the cost) and at four workshops:

  • Your opening scene — How to grab the reader’s attention
  • Finding and developing great characters
  • Three-dimensional writing — using all your senses
  • Getting the dialogue right

Over the course of the weekend, we’ll schedule each participant for an individual session with one of the coaches. All critiquing is constructive and positive.

STARTS: 16 September at 5:00 pm
ENDS: 18 September at 5:00 pm
WHERE: Siddhartha Ontmoetingscentrum in Tremelo (Belgium) close to Leuven – a 45-minute drive from Brussels and an hour from Maastricht.


Colette Victor is originally from Pretoria, South Africa. She is a published author and trained creative writing teacher. To date, she has published two novels, Head over Heart (Chicken House Publishers) and What to do with lobsters in a place like Klippiesfontein (Cargo Publishing) and is currently working on her third.

Steve Schwartz was born in New York City (USA). He completed his studies in Journalism at Indiana University and has worked as a news writer and radio reporter. Steve has been living in the Netherlands since 1982 and has combined writing and business communication training for years. He is also a passionate musician.


There are fifteen rooms. (Some rooms have two beds.) The cost for the entire weekend — including meals — is 300 euros. You can register by making a 75 euro deposit. The rest is due by 18 August. No refunds will be possible after 2 September.

NOTE: The Getaway is intended for native or near-native English speakers.

If you’re interested in joining us or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at or

Mention that you saw this website when you register and we’ll give you a €25 discount on the workshop price.