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Costa Rica

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Nosara, Costa Rica

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Jan 29 - Feb 5, 2022

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Novelists, Memoirists

The Ultimate Writing Adventure



Ready to escape the daily grind and push your writing into bold new territory, in one of the most creatively inspiring locations on the planet?

Over the course of seven days, our master instructors will teach you the foundational elements of story that move manuscripts from slush piles to bookshelves. You'll play as hard as you work, enjoying organic cuisine, adventure activities and everything else Nosara has to offer.


This is the ultimate writing adventure: a synergetic combination of life-changing vacation and transformational learning. By the time it's over, the landscape of your novel or memoir will be in sharp focus, and you'll have mapped your story from beginning to end.


Put Your Writing on the Map

Story Map


You're already an exceptional writer. The Story Map will make you an exceptional storyteller, which will set you apart from the countless other novelists and memoirists who are lost in the jungle of their projects, unable to see the forest for the trees.

Whether you're a beginner or expert, many drafts in or just getting started, our breakthrough curriculum will guide you to a more impactful, publishable book.

Story Map
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Seven nights at Ahki retreat center

Three organic, chef-prepared meals per day

Multiple occupancy rooms

Stor​y Quest curriculum 

Group and individual coaching

Airport transfers

Local transportation

Pool, library, yoga shala, writing spaces

All day coffee, tea, fruit

Spa treatments available

Adventure activities available

15 writers maximum

13% tourism tax included

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$500 nonrefundable deposit required

Story Quest Team

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Doug Kurtz

aka Lil' Duggy


Novelist, entrepreneur, writing coach Doug Kurtz is founder of The Story Coach and Breakthrough Writing Retreats. He's helped hundreds of writers at every level of experience write more impactful, publishable books. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in literature, philosophy and creative writing. He's worked as a copywriter for international companies; published fiction and nonfiction in print and online; and served on the board of the Colorado Author's League. His novel, Mosquito, was published in 2007; his next is undergoing final revisions. Doug's coaching programs and other initiatives provide MFA-quality instruction to writers across the globe. He's a faculty member at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and a former adventure travel guide.

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Dan Manzanares

aka Jungle Enigma


Novelist, educator and genre coach Dan Manzanares earned his MFA in creative writing at Western Colorado University. From 2012-20, he was the community programs manager at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, where he taught writing workshops and implemented innovative literary arts programming. In 2016, Dan won a Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture. He's an award-winning editor and his fiction has been supported by a residency at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. Dan works at the University of Denver Prison Arts Initiative and serves on the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs.


"This was one of the best experiences of my life. To bond with fellow writers, to learn form and function of characters and plot development, that you will never learn in a YouTube tutorial or find in any book, was invaluable. Doug and Dan create a no nonsense, get this done bootcamp. The writing drills had me digging deep on formative events and inciting incidents. But there is so much fun to be had, I have not laughed that hard since I was a kid. I came home with a head full of new ideas and the tools to put a story to paper..." 

- Gwyn Stuckless



*subject to modification

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Inspiration and adventure go hand in hand.

Add outdoor activities to your retreat and watch your creativity flourish. 

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