Write With Betsy

Personal Writing Intensive

Betsy offers one-on-one writing guidance for anyone ready to commit to writing a book. Betsy’s focus is personal history (memoir). You may be writing your first book and don’t know where to start or you have written a collection of short stories that are ready to live beyond your journal. You’ll spend one or two weekends with Betsy where you’ll tune into your writer’s voice and why your story matters. You’ll create an outline of your book and then begin to write it. You’ll find a title and receive a mock-up of a potential book cover as a way to begin to bring your book to life even as it’s being written.

Weekend Intensive Schedule:


5pm | Sunset Chat and Dinner

Saturday & Sunday

10am to 1pm | Workshopping your Story

1 -3 pm | Lunch Break

3-6pm | Writing and Workshopping your Story

6pm | Dinner

Includes one or two in-person writing weekends with Betsy in NYC, Miami, LA, London, or any agreed place (Housing, Food & Travel not included)

+ Weekly check-ins

+ Mock-up of potential book cover

+ Up to 10,000 words of editing from the manuscript written during your 2 or 3 month writing intensive

Beyond The Journal writing course. The eight stories written in Beyond The Journal allow Betsy to support the most potent version of your writer’s voice.

2021 Personal Intensive Dates:

September 10-12 | NYC or Miami | BOOKED

September 17-19 | NYC or Miami

October 15-17 | Auburn, California (closest airport (SMF) Sacramento)

October 22 – 24 | Napa, California

November 5-7 | Cape Town, South Africa

Costs: (Housing, Food & Travel not included)

Option 1: One weekend, plus 2 months weekly check-ins | $11,000

Option 2: Two weekends, plus 3 months weekly check-ins | $20,000

The investment in the writing intensive is payable-in-full one month before your initial weekend intensive.

Questions or to book the Personal Writing Intensive, email betsy@betsybmurphy.com.

Beyond The Journal On-Demand Writing Course

“This course is intimate and reverential.”

Jo Carnegie, Writer and Journalist, UK

What is the cost to you, and the world, if your stories are never heard?  

Beyond The Journal was designed to gently guide you in creating a writing practice that feels good, treats your story with respect, and helps you find the most potent version of your writer’s voice. The self-study course allows you to take each lesson at your own pace.  It starts as soon as you purchase, and the audio format of the episodes allows you to take the course with you to create your own writing retreat wherever you are.

Eight episodes = Eight new stories to write with the option to do the episodes over-and-over again as long as the course is offered.

Plus free access to upcoming BTJ writing workshops with Betsy presented on Zoom.

Beyond The Journal On-Demand Writing Course | $249

Write with Betsy Retreats Around the World

Betsy’s popular writing retreats return in 2022. Due to the small size of Betsy’s retreats, priority for 2022 retreats is given to anyone who has taken the Beyond The Journal writing course. BTJ is an ideal way to prepare for a richer writing experience during the retreats. Retreats range from three to six nights with option to experience local cultural add-ons. You don’t have to consider yourself a writer to feel welcome at one of Betsy’s retreats, but you will leave reclaiming the most powerful version of your writer’s voice. 

 2022 Retreat Dates:

Auburn, California

Bali (tentative due to current travel restrictions)



Cape Town Wine Country, South Africa
Zimbabwe Service & Safari Retreat

To be put on the wait list for an upcoming retreat, please email betsy@betsybmurphy.com

The writing retreat changed my life!! And the book I started in Bali with Betsy is healing my heart and will heal the hearts of millions.”

—Tatiana Arias, Author of El Amor Sana and Love Heals

“Betsy created an environment for us to shake loose the hidden stories through dance, feeling, and connection. Then through sharing circles we wrote and voiced them…and through ceremony we anchored and honored them. 

I realized at some point the stories that were coming forward from me in some cases had never been shared with anyone, ever.It was a chance for me to hear them myself for the first time, too.

—B. Holmes, Bali Writing Retreat Participant

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One Hour Consultation

Your consultation, your choice:

How to get started writing your story.  

Guidance on how to tell your story.

Why I won’t write your book for you (but you should…). 

 Support for the stuck places in your writing.

Tips on self-publishing or finding an agent.

Developing your story into a solo show.

How to handle writing about family.

Anything else you want to discuss!

One Hour Consultation |  $400 

To book, email betsy@betsybmurpy.com

*Please note: Betsy’s book Write On: A Daily Writing Practice for Anyone with a Story to Tell has a section with writing and publishing resources. The book is $22 so if you are looking for answers, you might start there and save yourself some money.

Story Development and Manuscript Evaluation

Betsy offers feedback on fiction and nonfiction in book length or short stories. You receive a written report on story structure, guidance on how to make it even better, and a follow-up  20-minute consultation to discuss what’s next for your manuscript. For larger manuscripts (and maybe a smaller budget), consider sending the first and last 15-30 pages for Betsy to review.

Cost: $8 per page, 30 page minimum

To book or with questions, email betsy@betsybmurphy.com

Book Blurbs and Reviews

Betsy is thrilled to offer reviews and blurbs for writers from her workshops and retreats who are ready to release a book. Depending on length of book, please request review three to four months before you need it.

Send a request for a book review and/or your digital formatted manuscript
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