Andalucian Writers Retreat 2024

Unlock your story with two bestselling authors


  • 5-night writers retreat set in a boutique hotel in the village of Gaucin, Andalucia
  • Daily workshops with Joanna Quinn, author of the bestseller The Whalebone Theatre
  • Additional workshops and introduction to the area, the poet Lorca and the spirit of Duende from Manni Coe, author of Sunday Times Bestseller and Andalucia Tour Guide
  • Your accommodation has nooks and crannies, a lounge and outside space on the terraces perfect for inspiring writing.
  • Wifi throughout the property and a printer
  • Suitable for those at every stage of the writing journey – whether you’re just starting out or well under way.

Trip Profile

6 days/5 nights – Full Board
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Tour Dates/Days:
Fixed Dates4 November, 20249 places left
Group Size:
Min: 9
Max: 11
Manni Coe and Joanna Quinn

Tour Summary

Imagine yourself in a 200-year-old boutique hotel in the heart of a white Andalucian village in the Serranía de Ronda mountains. Views from the terraces stretch across the valley to Gibraltar and Morocco; space for your ideas to take flight.

You’ve found yourself at Toma & Coe’s Andalucian Writers Retreat, where you have the luxury of a relaxed and supportive week to focus on your writing.

In beautiful surroundings, with inspiring workshops and helpful feedback from two best-selling authors, you’ll have the chance to gain motivation and deepen your creativity.

Your time is your own but every day there is an optional morning writing workshop tailored to the group. These will include writing exercises, themed discussions, and opportunities to read from your work in a supportive atmosphere.

Suitable for those at every stage of the writing journey, whether you’re starting out or well under way.

FREE GIFT to help you tell your story at the retreat and on your onward writing journey.

All meals included

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About Your Hosts


Joanna Quinn

Joanna Quinn
is the author of The Whalebone Theatre, a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller. Her novel was shortlisted for Best Debut Fiction at the British Book Awards, The Authors’ Club Best First Novel award, The Society of Authors McKitterick Prize and The Winston Graham Prize for Historical Fiction. It was chosen as a 2022 Book of the Year by The Times, The New York Times, Amazon, The Washington Post, Red magazine and Waterstones.

Joanna has also worked as a journalist and is currently completing her PhD in Creative Writing. 


Manni Coe

Manni Coe
is founder and co-owner of Toma & Coe, and author of the Sunday Times Bestseller The book was shortlisted for the British Book Awards 2023 in the category Non-fiction: Narrative. Waterstones selected the book as its Book of the Month in March 2024.

Manni’s love of travel and writing inspired him to create this Writer’s Retreat, so you can grow on your personal writing journey.

More Information



Arrive by 3/4pm and settle in
Welcome Drinks and Introductions
Evening welcome talk (Duende!) by Manni Coe
Evening Meal with wine


9-12 Morning workshop with Joanna Quinn with mid-point coffee break
Afternoon for writing


9-12 Morning workshop with Joanna Quinn with mid-point coffee break
Free writing time
Guest speaker or walking tour/workshop with Manni Coe


9-12 Morning workshop with Joanna Quinn with mid-point coffee break
Afternoon for writing
“How to write a memoir and not fall out with family” – talk by Manni Coe


9-12 Morning workshop with Joanna Quinn with mid-point coffee break
Afternoon for writing
Evening: Farewell Gala


Wrap up session

Individual one-on-one sessions with Joanna will be scheduled nearer the time. Workshop outlines are available upon request.

The itinerary is subject to minor timing changes.



It takes approximately one hour from Gibraltar airport and 1 ½ hours from Malaga airport to reach our hotel in Gaucin.

Malaga airport serves major USA and European airports. Malaga is also easily reachable by train from Madrid, Seville and Barcelona.

Flights from the UK (Bristol, Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester) arrive at Gibraltar airport.

Transfers from airports to Gaucin are not included but can be arranged.


Malaga and Gibraltar airport are the closest airports (see arrivals).

Transfers to airport or transport terminals are not included but can be arranged.


From €1,950 per person*
Price includes:

  • 5 nights’ Full Board accommodation
  • Individual one-on-one session with Joanna Quinn
  • Daily writing workshops with Joanna Quinn
  • Workshop with Manni Coe
  • Free writing gift

Price does not include:

  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Transfers to and from Gaucín
  • Wine or alcohol, apart from the first and last evenings’ celebratory meals

*Per guest price in twin room.

Rooms are priced as follows, first come, first served:

2 standard twin places €1,950 per person
2 superior twin places €1,990 per person
2 standard rooms (double room for single person) €2,190 per person
3 superior rooms (double room for single person) €2,350 per person

For two people happy to share a double bed, i.e. couples, mother/daughter, best friends etc, the standard and superior rooms can be booked for double use. Please let us know when you make the enquiry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the writers retreat for fiction or non-fiction writers?
It’s for both. Joanna Quinn is the bestselling author of The Whalebone Theatre and will lead the daily workshops. Manni Coe is the Sunday Times Bestseller author of, a memoir, and is on-hand for advice and guidance on crafting your non-fiction.

Will all the writing workshops be relevant to me?
When you sign up, we will send you a quick survey to complete so Joanna can tailor the workshops to suit everyone’s needs.

Is wine/alcohol included in the price?
Welcome drinks, and wine for the first and last evenings are included in the Full Board price. However, other wine or alcohol is not included.

Is there private space for me to write?
Each room has its own writing desk. There is also the chance to explore the surrounding countryside and find yourself a quiet space to contemplate and write if that’s what you’d like.

Do I have to be an experienced writer or have started a work to join the writers retreat?
No, the Andalucian Writers Retreat is for writers of all stages. Whether you have a germ of an idea or are part way through your work, or simply want time away to lean more about the art of writing, this is the perfect retreat for you.

Where is Gaucín?
Gaucín is a traditional white village in the Serrania de Ronda (Ronda mountains), around 1 hour from Gibraltar and 1 ½ hours from Malaga in Andalucia.


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