solo retreat

Salt Spring Island, Canada
Coming Summer 2024



Deepen your process by working privately with Alan to take your work to the next level. Come to Salt Spring Island on the west coast of Canada for four days of life-changing exploration into the world of your story. Set on five acres, our retreat center is a place of creative solitude. This solo (and small group) intensive retreat includes one-on-one zoom sessions prior to arrival, and is followed by three monthly check-ins to integrate the work. Includes luxury accommodation and organic 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

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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.