Learn how to write with Duc in Vietnam.
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
  • 25 hours over 5 days

Writing with Duc

Weave words with an award-winning author in his home retreat in the mountains outside Hanoi. Duc will guide you through language, character, and storytelling as you write anything from fiction to scripts. Start or finish a personal project, or collaborate with Duc for a cross cultural work.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $2105
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $1020


One Guest
USD $565
Additional guest(s)
Retreat to a peaceful, beautifully designed space to work on your writing.Navigate writer's block with an award-winning author during a productive vacation.Rejuvenate in a tranquil home in Vietnam.Stay in an inspiring home to work on your art and creativity.Work on a personal project and stay in the mountains of Hanoi.

Meet the Artist

Duc is an award-winning writer, editor, poet, visual artist and a cultural activist. As a teenager, he moved to United States before the communist takeover in 1975, returning in 2006 to live in Hanoi, Vietnam. He spent 20 years writing for public radio including NPR, KQED-FM, Pacific Time and KALW-FM. Although his work knows no boundaries, he likes exploring topics around exile, immigration, home, travel, memories, and borrowed and common cultures. A man with great stories to tell, unbound creativity, he can be at once mischievous and worldly.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Work on a personal project or collaborate.
  • Write fiction, nonfiction, scripts, poetry, translations or brand copywriting.
  • Get guidance and feedback on theme, character development and plot structure. 
  • Work through language, character and story building exercises.
  • Daily readings and interactive sessions exchanging ideas.

Stay at Duc's

Stay in this peaceful and personal retreat with daily breakfast and all day coffee/ tea. Designed by Duc himself, his home studio is a retreat in the mountains with an infinity pool outside of Hanoi. It has been a popular feature in several architectural magazines and the NY Times describes it as "a New York City loft cantilevered over the jungle." You want to stay here!

Explore Hanoi

Hanoi is a complex city. The old characteristics blend with modern vibes. Aged buildings stand next to contemporary towers. What makes Hanoi a unique capital is the vibrant street life: busy traffic with motorbikes, fresh fruit & flower vendors, and, of course, the dense of flavors of street food. Wander the streets and let your senses be awakened by the shocking colors of fresh flowers, the lingering smells of grilled meats and exhaust, and the shouts of vendors marketing their wares.

Although the city is expanding, Hanoi still remains a city of villages. You can easily find many hidden gems in the busiest part of the city, such as the oldest coffee shop tucked in a deep alley, or traditional handmade paper shops, blacksmiths, silversmiths, wood stamp makers, and traditional medicine shops in the Old Quarter. Museums are located around the center of the city, and each has its own story and content. New coffee places are now popping up on every corner in Hanoi. Art spaces and creative spaces are increasingly popular as well. A true city of history and modernity, Hanoi can keep surprising you everyday with each little thing.
Duc's Availability 5 days

Guest Reviews

  • Noe O., Colombia

    Just talking, sharing and working with Duc every day was amazing.