The Content Castle, Koh Samui

I was wracking my brains for what to do next after Vietnam when I received a message from a friend I had met whilst living in Pai…

“I’m staying at this fantastic place in Koh Samui, and I know that you’re a writer. It’s perfect for you and I know that you’ll love it!”

Intrigued, I began to enquire more. The place was called The Content Castle, and it offers writers residencies for between one and three months on the island of Koh Samui.

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The Content Castle

So the deal was, in exchange for writing 10,000 words a week for The Content Castle, you’d get accommodation (your own private room)

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My room – “The Cavalier”

be provided with delicious food (two meals per day, six days a week)

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and the constructive feedback to grow as a writer. It was pretty much a no-brainer for me!

 

It sounded like the perfect opportunity because I was utterly fed up of staying in hostel dorms by this point and had been thinking of renting somewhere anyway to get some much needed personal space.

I was lucky enough to have already been working as a freelance writer, but the idea of expanding my portfolio was certainly appealing, and I felt that having someone to edit and critique my work could only be a positive experience.

So after I had a bit of down time revisiting Chiang Mai and Pai, I hopped on a plane and landed in the charming airport of Koh Samui. I jumped in a Songthaew and made my way to Huan Thanon to start my residency up until September.

I had such a wonderful time at The Content Castle, not only because of what I gained in experience but also because I lived with a bunch of awesome people that I just immediately gelled with.

In between writing, we would go on hikes to secret waterfall spots

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sunbathe, drink iced tea, and enjoy refreshing salads by the local pool

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set up camp on the beach on our days off and played with the beach dogs in the ocean…

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and not forgetting our infamous “Frozen Daiquiri Fridays”!

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The castle is equipped with fibre-optic broadband, several work spaces, lounge areas and various nooks and crannies.

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There’s a well-stocked library to browse

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and hammocks to relax on upstairs…

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I made friendships and memories there that I will always, always treasure; I learnt a lot about myself as a writer and gained valuable experience to add to my portfolio. Whilst I didn’t reach my original goal (to finish a novel, which I failed at miserably), I did finish a short story which is due to be published in an anthology by the end of this year!

I sincerely hope that more projects like The Content Castle start happening in the world. Somewhere where you can learn and grow, be part of a like-minded community and create something mutually beneficial for all, that isn’t driven 100% by profit and greed like so many things these days are. No gimmick of “give us a mere $3,000 to come and stay and we’ll pretend that we know what we’re talking about and sell you some bullshit product”.

Looking back in hindsight, even though I loved it there, I probably didn’t fully appreciate it for everything that it was, as I was trying to juggle so many personal projects at the same time that I constantly felt “too busy”.

I would whole heartedly recommend a stay at The Content Castle for any creatives out there, for aspiring writers, fledgling freelancers and digital nomads looking for a launching pad!

You can find out more about The Content Castle and how to apply here.

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Freelance writer who loves reading, cooking & travelling. Rarely spotted without red lipstick. Penchant for whiskey on the rocks.

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