Conferences/Retreats

Writing Conferences and Retreats

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2018 Sonoma County Writers Camp

October 10–14Scene Making: The Essence of Storytelling

Ellen Sussman and Elizabeth Stark, both acclaimed authors and writing teachers, have put together three wonderful five-day events. Held in the gorgeous setting–gardens, pond, meadow and woods–of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, just 70 miles from both San Francisco and Oakland. These will be intimate, inspiring, enormously creative and productive adventures.

Small generative writing workshops in the morning, panel discussions with agents, authors and editors in the afternoon. Intimate group of 24. Delicious shared meals, evening gatherings, and free time to hike, write and explore.

Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex. She teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes. www.ellensussman.com

Elizabeth Stark is the host of Story Makers Podcast (StoryMakersShow.com), author of the novel Shy Girl (FSG, Seal Press) and co-director and co-writer of several several films, including FtF: Female to Femme, a creative documentary and Little Mutinies, a short (both distributed by Frameline). She earned an M.F.A. from Columbia University in Creative Writing and has taught at the Pratt Institute, UCSC, St. Mary’s, where she was the visiting distinguished writer, and elsewhere.

More information at: SonomaCountyWritersCamp.com

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Four-Day Women’s Writing Retreats at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker

FALL: October 12-15, 2018
WINTER: January 18-21, 2019

With author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Retreat to a private, woodsy cabin in West Sonoma County to write, explore, and deepen your craft. We begin each day with meditation and nature-based practices to quiet the mind. Then we write and share our stories, practicing new skills and techniques. Some writers are working on books or collections of stories, while others come for the freedom to explore and expand their writing lives. Come walk among the trees, eat delicious food, sleep deeply, surprise yourself. This is a safe place for women to write, connect, heal and grow; everything supports the inner life and makes way for deep exploration. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres – even NON-writers – are welcome. Registration now open; payment plans available. www.susanhagen.com

 

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