Private Writing Retreats With Tammy Coia

Writing Retreat Review 2020
I can’t rave enough about my private writing retreat with Tammy. Whether someone is looking to write a book to publish, or just write for fun, working with Tammy brings a whole new level to your writing and your ability to story-tell.
The stay was comfortable and nothing short of relaxing. Tammy cooked or took me out for every meal, we walked or hiked while we discussed my book and we went over multiple lessons on writing while curled up on the comfy couches. Tammy worked with me to construct every chapter for my book, based off of about 100 post it notes and 50,000 words I had written but never organized. I left her retreat with a detailed outline of my book and a purpose to get my story on paper. Without Tammy, my project would be lacking. I am so so happy that the day I was wavering about booking this retreat, I opened a Dove chocolate candy with a message inside that read, “book the flight.”

Cheryl Daley
Brunswick, New York

Private Retreats with Tammy In Georgia!

Want some one on one personalized attention? Tammy’s gentle approach has helped hundreds of writers get clear.  Workshop your work in a relaxed environment.

You are welcome to come to the south where you can enjoy some nourishing home cooked meals, along with some great restaurant options.  Enjoy the beautiful setting of the Georgia mountains as your backdrop.  Enjoy your own private space and give yourself that time to just breathe and relax without having to do any cooking!

3, 4 and 5 day retreats are available for you.  My retreats are all inclusive, that means from the moment you arrive at Atlanta Airport you don’t have to worry about anything else. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are all included.  You will have your own private room.  During the day I will focus on your needs.  Here is a sample schedule, but each schedule is catered to what your needs are:

Sample A:

9:00 am breakfast

10:00 am – 12:30 pm private workshop

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm lunch

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm free time…you can choose to write, hike, explore, kayak, nap

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm private workshop

6:30 pm dinner

Sample B:

8:00 am breakfast (home cooked or restaurant)

9:00 am – 12 pm private workshop

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm lunch

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm private workshop

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm free time… you can choose to write, hike, explore, kayak, nap

6:30 pm dinner

Each day is catered to you.  With approximately 5-6 hours a day of one on one workshopping together, or set your own schedule, I am all yours! 2021 Prices:

Costs: (airfare not included)

3 day: $2,400

4 day: $3,000

5 day: $3,400

(your private bedroom and bathroom and all meals included)


Michelle Zelner Private Retreat Testimonial14 days ago I did not know this woman existed. Today I leave her home knowing she has played an incredible role in what is coming! Tammy @thememoircoach this was the best gift I gave myself and I can’t thank you enough for the environment you shared which allowed me to accomplish more than I could possibly have imagined in 3 short days. The subtle tribute to #Hawaii, where my souls lives, the constant, and I mean CONSTANT supply of delicious #healthyfood and your loving creatures Bruce and Sophia, serving as cheerleaders and accountability coaches, all contributed to my motivation and creative flow. Your guidance, encouragement and friendship is so greatly valued and the fact that you are a die-hard @packers fan elevates you even more 🤩. I love experiencing what I teach… that when you set yourself up for #success with a supportive and nurturing environment with proper fuel, solid rest and a dash of fun, you will thrive. I can’t wait to see where this lands!

Michelle Zellner,
#goals #explore #expand #takeachance #itshappening #healthylifestyle #write #writer #writingcoach #theyourevolution #beabetterbeing #denver #bellingham





I found Tammy and her writing retreats highly recommended on The Write Life website. After perusing a dozen or more other options, I soon discovered I wanted to organize myself and WORK at my retreat. The plethora of sojourns investigated before choosing Tammy included eating! drinking! hiking! meeting and bonding! and exploring new landscapes. Tammy offers these as well, but I chose her WORK centered 4 day retreat tailored to her client in a one on one setting.

I rented a car (though she includes pick up in her pricing, so no car is needed) and followed Tammy to her retreat home. I had never met her, only chatted on the phone. We turned off the freeway and drove down one country road after another, all lovely and awash in blooming blackberry bushes– but an occasional scary thought emerged, “I dont know this person! Where are we going!?”

She led us to a retreat home in a lovely neighborhood far away from shops, quick marts and hectic commuters making their way to work. We pulled up to a home nestled between Lummi Bay and the Pacific Ocean. My top floor room for the stay offered picturesque sights and salty ocean breezes free from ANY distractions. It was time to WORK and work we did.

Tammy is not only a writer, more importantly she is a skilled TEACHER by trade.This lady can teach!!! Plying me with my sparkling lemon water and meals, she took seriously the task of keeping me focused, organized and encouraged as she guided my writing time to my preferences as often or as long as I needed.

Side trips out to the local areas for delicious dinners, and once a ferry ride to nearby Lummi Island for dinner, fed the focus and creativity rather than centering on fun and frolicking.

If you want to learn to write, brainstorm ideas for a memoir or gain momentum on your current project choose Tammy for the one on one retreat, either here near Bellingham, WA or her Palm Springs Location!!

Suzanne Sersun


This is what I wrote in my journal on 1/10/2019:
January 10, 2019:  Just finished three days this week with my writing coach Tammy.  I experienced many emotions, even cried.  I cry more when I feel comfort and joy as opposed to sadness.  I’m really at a great place in my life.  I’m still working, but on my terms.  As a temp, I get to make my own hours.  That means I can make time to enjoy many other things and that includes writing because I love it so much.  Writing is one thing, but learning to write with deep emotion to move the reader is another.  I want to be a better reader as well, and hope I’m on the right track.  I do know that I’m in good hands.  Thank you Tammy for sharing your wisdom with this wannabe.



I had been diligently working on my memoir for over two years in a classroom setting. Progress was slow, until I attended the three day one on one retreat with Tammy. With her expertise and direction, she helped me move to a different level in my writing. Her individualized sessions powerfully taught me how to take my memoir from good to great. I highly recommend the one on one retreat. I learned so much, and can’t wait to plan my next trip!

Dallas, TX

Private One on One Hourly Sessions Available:

Let me meet with you via the phone or skype or facetime to work.

Prices are $75.00 per hour


I had two hundred pages of stories written and no idea what to do with them. I was like a baker with all the ingredients and no equipment nor instructions for making a cake, and so I called on Tammy Coia, for help.

The stars aligned and we were able to in squeeze in a four-day, one-on-one retreat just before the states started shutting down. We worked at a home on a lake in Bellingham, Washington. And I mean we worked. Tammy let me set the pace, and I was there to soak up all I could in four days. Tammy had a curriculum designed specifically for me and my project. We had structured “class” time broken up by breaks for meals and walks. Tammy provided healthy, delicious food based upon my desires. Everything was provided so that I might use all my time and energy to learn.

I left Tammy with all the tools I need to complete my project. I have it broken into steps, just like baking a cake. I started with a wooden spoon and Tammy gave me an electric mixer. I had no way to measure sugar or flavors. Tammy gave me tablespoons and teaspoons and instructions for knowing when I had put in enough of each ingredient.

I came back home and pre-heated the oven. I have been under a stay-at-home order for three weeks now. My project is nearly baked. I am a bit ahead of the schedule I set for myself because I am using the tools and the lessons Tammy gave me.

Thanks, Tammy.
P. Annie Fitzpatrick
Roseburg, Oregon

How can I capture everything my private 5 day retreat with you did for me?
I’ll try:

First-I met every goal I set for myself for the five days. I got my chapters organized, my theme narrowed down and my target audience nailed! The writing/reading sessions with you opened my eyes to my own work and to ways I can improve/expand my writing and increase my impact on the reader. You validated my reasons behind writing this book first (as I have several to pen) and worked as a coach/mentor/friend through the process. Taking the time away from work/home truly provided a bubble of space for me to create. Your compassionately honest method of teaching and guiding surpass any other writing program I’ve attended. I felt heard and encouraged. I walked away with the tools to finish my book in bite sized pieces that don’t seem unattainable.

Thank you so much for this time! So glad to have you on my side as a coach and mentor as I complete this first book!

Townsend, GA

I was nervous when I signed up for a 5-day private writing retreat at Tammy’s home – that’s a long time to spend with a stranger!  However, I’m delighted to report that it far exceeded my hopes; I received so much more than coaching in my writing, and am proud to now call Tammy my friend.  In addition to gentle, honest, and helpful feedback on my writing, I loved our conversations (therapy sessions?!), walks in the woods, kayaking on the Sound in Tammy’s backyard, movie night, and wonderful meals. Tammy is an open, empathetic, kind, and generous person, and I recommend her retreats enthusiastically and wholeheartedly!

Salem, OR

Private Retreats at Your Home:

Sometimes my students like me to join them in their home, Yes, if you check my calendar I can come to you.  Contact me for rates.

If you want me to come to you, I can do private and group retreats at your destination!

My rates are $500 per day (+airfare, room and meals).  You can plan on me working with you alone or I welcome your friends to join us as I lead a workshop for $750 per day.


Refunds (minus a non-refundable deposit of 10%) are available at 75% up to 90 days in advance of the retreat, 50% up to 60 days in advance and 25% up to 30 days in advance.  

My private writing workshop with Tammy ended too soon. I found a safe space to be my true self, be vulnerable and honest while writing. What more could ya ask for? Tammy was always there ready to work with her amazing and easy to follow writing instructions. My memoir project feels so much more organized and on track after my four days in a private setting. If you’re wanting to work on a memoir or writing, no matter where you are, TLC is the place to be.

Young Harris, GA

I just had a wonderful message sent to me by a woman I worked with yesterday:

Hi Tammy,
Thank you so much for a helpful and encouraging coaching session!
I feel energized and excited to move forward with my book, especially because I now have a plan, with your help…

And I enjoyed getting to know you a bit more as well.  All in all our time together was a gift…thank you again…

Looking forward to continuing on this journey with you.

Meredith, Palm Desert, CA

"Because of Tammy I have found confidence in my writing and feel blessed to be honored in such a way. I have found my voice. I have found freedom! I recommend anyone for whatever reason to expand their life and sign up for her writing workshops or classes. You'll be amazed at how good you are and how everyone has a story worth telling. Sign up and set your voice free!"
Wendy Price, Palm Desert, CA

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

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