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el retorno:
writing hasta las raÍces


Sosua, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

July 13th - July 17th, 2023


A fOUR-DAY long retreat to inspire a re-discovery of your creativity & cultura! 

This international writing experience will fill your life with enchantment, wonder and empowerment. We encourage all BIPOC writers to participate in our writing workshops on fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry with focus on the craft of writing and engaging in cross-cultural conversations around literature created by Dominicans of the diaspora and Quisqueya.


Join us in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic as we create space for and with nuestra gente to lean into your writing voices and reconnect with our land. It offers you the possibility to concentrate on thinking, reading, and writing in a sustained way, to recharge your battery, and to gain new inspiration. For individuals and groups, with meals, room and board included in the subsidized tuition fee.

Cabarete/Sosua is a resort town on the Dominican Republic's northern coast. Along the coast you will find Encuentro Beach is known for its surf breaks, Cabarete Beach known for its water sports, and calm sky blue beaches like Sosua Beach. This town is also filled with restaurants, bars and a nightlife. This writer’s retreat is open to writers of all levels, and it operates on a non-competitive basis. To participate you will need to complete an application, pay a modest application fee, answer questions about writing goals, and submit a writing sample for admission.

Included in the writing retreat are daily workshops in English and Spanish, craft discussions, feedback on writing, and time to work on projects. Writers can also enjoy walks along the beach to the many restaurants and shops in town.

To participate you will need to complete an application and pay a modest application fee.


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Breakfast and Lunch by a private chef will be served and included in the tuition price. Vegan, and other dietary options can be available with advanced notice.


Sweet Blue Sky Villa is just a 4 minute drive from downtown Sosua and 15 minutes from the POP Airport. There will be airport pick up and drop off (contingent on you submitting flight information on time). There will also be transportation that will take participants to the excursions from the Villa to visit Cabarete, Old Puerto Plata City, and more!

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Sweet Blue Sky Villa in Sosua, Puerto Plata, is a set of two villas with a total of 16 rooms, accommodating 32 guests, 3 pools, 3 kitchens; Just 4 minutes from downtown Sosua and 15 minutes from the POP Airport. It is owned and operated by a Dominican Mom and Daughter duo!

Bedrooms you can choose from are King and Queen size beds. Each room is equipped with an HDTV with Netflix, Roku, and local cable. Each room also has a Window AC Unit. Wifi is available throughout the house, there is also a dedicated closed workspace. Every room features a paid washer and free dryer in the unit, and an iron. Security cameras provide extra safety on property. The kitchen has a refrigerator where guests can store their own food if they wish. But there will be a Chef on premises who will cook breakfast and lunch meals. The outdoors has a fully fenced and private backyard. There are many spaces on the property that are covered in grass. The outdoor amenities also include a fire pit, outdoor lounge areas with furniture and dining areas. Pets are allowed with notice, and assistance/service animals are always allowed.


  • Explore Cabarete Nightlife

  • Walking Tour of Puerto Plata- Parque Central Independencia 

  • Book Charla at Helados Bon 

  • La Chabola — For live music

  • Mojito Bar — drinks on the beach in the downtown area

  • Voy Voy — live music on Sunday’s

  • Lax Ojo Cabarete — for dancing

  • And more!

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