solo retreats

Salt Spring Island, Canada
Coming Summer 2024



Book a 4-day solo retreat on our private five-acre property. This is an opportunity to deepen your process by working privately with Alan to develop a path forward, and to take your creative life to the next step. The retreat includes at least two 90-minute zoom sessions prior to arrival to identify creative blocks and to develop a fully-curated retreat program, which is then followed by three-months of continuing support to help guide and install the new daily habits.

Retreat includes daily writing sessions with Alan, goal-setting with our certified life coach, daily body work with our certified massage and cranial sacral therapist, and gourmet farm-to-table meals.

Note: This retreat is only available to current and former L.A. Writers' Lab students. For more information, please inquire at

Price available upon request.

meet your teacher Alan Watt

alan watt standing in front of an L.A. Hillside smiling, hand in pocket

Hi, I'm Al. They call me the Writer Whisperer.

I'm the L.A. Times bestselling author of the novels, Diamond Dogs and Days Are Gone, and the recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award, a Book Sense Pick, a New York Time's New and Noteworthy book pick, and winner of France's Prix Printemps for best foreign novel of the year. Along with the national bestseller, The 90-Day Novel®, (Amazon's #1 book on writing for five months) the lab has published five other books on writing. I teach a process of marrying the wildness of your imagination to the rigor of structure, and my students span the range from first-time writers to best-selling authors and filmmakers who've won numerous accolades for their work including the Pulitzer Prize.

I’m also the writer/director of the independent feature, Eddie, Kill the President (formerly Interior Night), which won four best feature awards at U.S. film festivals as well as The Boston Film Festival's Filmmaker Visionary Award. Oh, I also had a small part on Seinfeld back in the 90s when I had a thick lustrous head of chestnut hair. It's the Chinese gum episode. I'm the movie theater vendor who sells Kramer the vile hotdog.