Writing Conferences and Retreats

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Mendocino Writers’ Conference and Publishing Bootcamp 2017

Thursday, August 3, 8:30 a.m. – Sunday, August 6, 4:00 p.m.

The Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference is a vibrant gathering that offers morning workshops in a wide range of genres, relevant to differing experience levels—from a dedicated emerging writers’ workshop to a juried-in master class. Afternoons are packed with craft seminars, pitch panels, one-on-one consultations, and open mics; and every evening offers an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie and connection that make this conference, in the words of a 2016 participant, “life changing.” An add-on or stand-alone publishing bootcamp is offered the day after the conference for all those interested in learning more about the business-end of writing.

Keynote speaker: Michael Krasny

Interactive workshops are restricted to fourteen participants, with the exception of the Master Class which is limited to twelve. Participants will follow their instructors for three mornings, Thursday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Enrollment for all workshops is first come, first served, with the exception of the Master Class which entails a juried entry (submissions for which must be received by May 15). Participants for all workshops will be expected to submit work prior to the workshop, and to read and comment on the work of others. Submission guidelines will be supplied upon enrollment.

Campus: Mendocino K-8 School, 44261 Little Lake Road, Mendocino.

Contact: 707-485-4031 or Details on workshops, instructors, events, and registration:


Emandal Artstays

Run away to Emandal, a farm on the Eel River near Willits, CA, and write with these wonderful instructors:

August 26-30, 2017
SUSAN BONO: Life in Small Bites: Memoir for Busy People
ARMAND BRINT: Bringing Your Poems to Life

September 13-17, 2017
SUSAN BONO with SUSAN STARBIRD: Playing with the Truth: A Memoir Workshop

To register:
For questions: Susan Bono:


4-Day Women’s Writing Retreat at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker

Fall Retreat: Friday – Monday, September 22-25, 2017
Winter Retreat: Friday – Monday, January 19-22, 2018

With author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Retreat to a private, woodsy cabin to write, explore, and deepen your craft. We begin each day with meditation, guided imagery, and nature-based practices to quiet the mind. Then we write and share our stories, practicing new skills and techniques to improve our craft. Some writers are working on books or collections of stories, while others come for the freedom to explore and expand their writing lives. Cabin life is relaxing and informal, and someone else does the cooking. Everything supports the inner life and makes way for deep exploration. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. Payment plans available.


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