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Kalani TV Writing Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii

What: TV Writing Retreat
When: Apr 1 – 8, 2017
Where:  Kalani Retreat Center, 12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road, Pahoa HI

Why: Join Geoff Harris, former VP of Story & Writer Development at NBC, on this TV writing retreat to create a new TV pilot. Enjoy writers room sessions, story workshops, private consultations, cultural immersion and fresh meals.


  • Pitch and begin to write a new TV pilot
  • Build confidence under the guidance of a top TV writing mentor
  • Examine the stories you tell yourself & dissect your own process of story making
  • Identify your source of inspiration
  • Feel supported in a healthy, healing atmosphere
  • Enjoy Hawaii

Group Size:


Program Focus:

Nature, Screenwriting, Travel

Faculty and Facilitators:

Geoff Harris

Geoff Harris was Vice President of Story & Writer Development at NBC. Geoff has taught TV writing workshops sponsored by ABC and NBC. He judges for several writing contests, including the Warner Bros. Writers Program and the ABC Writing Program.

Stewart Blackburn, Hawaiian Shamanic teacher and practitioner, has studied shamanism for over twenty years, most recently with Serge Kahili King for the last ten years. In 2006, he was ordained as an Alaka’i in Dr. King’s Aloha International, making him a minister and teacher of Huna, the remarkable Hawaiian healing philosophy based on Aloha. He teaches classes and courses in self-empowerment, the Hawaiian Shamanism of Huna and various other classes in self-Love, Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves, and Psychic Skills. He also counsels and mentors people looking to increase the level of joy and pleasure in their lives from the perspective of self-empowerment and personal responsibility.

Diana Osberg is the owner and founder of Mia Terra Retreats. She produces extraordinary retreats to inspire writers, artists and creative souls. Diana is a screenwriter and has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years in production, creative development and administration. Traveler and adventurer.

MidSouth Christian Writers Conference 2017: Changing the World with Words

MidSouth Christian Writers Conference keynote speaker James Watkins

What: Christian Writers Conference
When: Mar 18, 2017
Where: Collierville First Baptist Church, 830 New Byhalia Rd, Collierville TN

Develop your writing skills with other Christians at the MidSouth Christian Writers Conference. Both advanced and beginner participants are welcome at the MidSouth Christian Writers Conference. Reap the rewards of one-on-one appointments with industry professionals and receive practical advice.

Program Focus:

Fiction, Humor, Marketing, Mystery, Non-fiction, Publishing, Religion, Romance

Take part in the following activities:

  • Keynote Session  – James Watkins
  • Three Workshop Session 1
  • Bookstore
  • Networking with other Christians inspired to write
  • Panel Discussions
  • Evaluations

Christian Writers Conference workshops:

  • John Burgette – Organizing Research Notes: Keep It Simple
  • Ramona Richards – Shoot the Deputy: How Secondary Characters Can Make or Break a Novel
  • Nancy Kay Grace – Toes in the Water: Getting Your Feet Wet in Blogging
  • Deborah MaloneMystery Writing 101
  • Andrew Breeden – Writing Devotionals for The Upper Room Magazine
  • Hallee Bridgeman – Seven Steps to Successful Self-Publishing
  • Johnnie Alexander & Patricia Bradley – Telling the Story: I Wrote It My Way
  • Jim Watkins – Writing with Banana Peels
  • Sandra Robbins – How to Combine Riveting Suspense with Heartwarming Romance

Keynote speaker: James Watkins

Ann Wylie Master Classes: Master the Art of the Storyteller

Ann Wylie works with communicators who want to reach more readers and with organizations that want to get the word out.

What: Writing workshop
When: Feb 23 – 24, 2017
Where: The Great Room, 100 N. Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo CA


Find tips for getting people to pay attention to your messages, understand them faster and remember them longer. Learn to each readers online, write copy that moves people to act, master the art of the corporate storyteller and make your writing easier to read and understand.


Ann Wylie, owner Wylie Communications, is the author of over a dozen learning tools. Previously Ann was editor of Hallmark Cards’ employee magazine, CROWN. She has won more than 60 communication awards, including a WIC Clarion and two IABC Gold Quills.


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Key West Literary Seminar: Writers’ Workshop Program

What: Workshop
When: January 16 – 20, 2017
Where: San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West FL


This Writers’ Workshop Program is intended to provide all writers at all stages of development with opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and application requirements. Enrollment is limited to twelve participants per workshop to maintain teacher/student ratio.


  • Jennine Capó Crucet: “No Word Out of Place: Revision from the Ground Up”
  • Billy Collins: “Poetry: Pursuing the Love of Strangers”
  • Marie Myung-Ok Lee: “Writing Irresistible Fiction and Creative Nonfiction”
  • Kristen-Paige Madonia: “Who, What, When, & Why: An Intro to Young-Adult Lit”
  • Michael Maren: “Screenwriting 101”
  • Daniel Menaker: “Good Humor: How to Write Funny”
  • Kate Moses: “Imagining the Real: Transforming Fact into Fiction”
  • Rowan Ricardo Phillips: “Under the Surface: Studying the Music of Your Imagination”

Tennessee Mountain Writers 27th January Jumpstart

Why: Start your year by jumpstarting your fiction or poetry. Workshops with 20 participants will be led by Darnell Arnoult and Bill Brow.

Darnell Arnoult, leading the fiction workshop, is Writer-in-Residence at Lincoln Memorial University and author of the novel Sufficient Grace and What Travels With Us: Poems, winner of the Weatherford Award and SIBA Poetry Book of the Year.

Her work has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Southern Cultures, Southwest Review, Asheville Poetry Review, and Appalachia Now: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia. Her second collection, Galaxie Wagon: Poems, is forthcoming from LSU Press in spring 2016. She is co-editor of Drafthorse: A literary Journal of Work and No Work.


Bill Brown will lead the poetry workshop. He has authored nine poetry collections and a writing textbook.

His most recent titles are Elemental, The News Inside, and Late Winter. In 1999 Brown wrote and co-produced the Instructional television series Student Centered Learning for Nashville Public Television. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him The Distinguished Teacher in the Arts. He has been a Scholar in Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a two-time recipient of Fellowships in poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Brown has published hundreds of poems and articles in college journals, magazines and anthologies. The Tennessee Writers Alliance named Brown the 2011 Writer of the Year.

Writer Workshops Costa Rica

What: Three separate one-week seminars
When:  January 3 – 28
Where: Normas villas, 200 metros al oeste de la plaza de futbol La Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica


Sign up for any or all of three one-week seminar/retreats, focus on a different aspect of your writing each week and learn yoga each morning from a certified yoga instructor.

The seminars:

Week 1: January 3-10

Acting Exercises for the Creative Writer
Leader: Isabelle Pierre

  • Experience how actors use physical exercises (including Laban, Lecoq, psychology gesture and improv) to explore character.
  • Move, play and feel a little silly.
  • Finish up with short reading-based workshop discoveries.

Isabelle Pierre is a NYC born actress and writer previously featured on NBC’s Shades of Blue and Hulu’s The Path. She also participated in two web-series: No Method and Finding Me: The Series. Isabelle has performed off-off Broadway at the American Theatre of Actors, HERE Arts Center and The Flea Theatre.


Week 2 : January 12- 19

Fundamentals of Comedy
Leader: Ginny Leise

Humor: a most beloved yet often intimidating genre. Everybody is funny and has a funny a story to tell. This workshop aims to instill writers with confidence in their own unique comedic voice. Start with the foundations of Comedy 101, examples of the greats and then jump into our own personal essays and storytelling performances. The workshop will culminate in a show for every participant to read or perform their work.

Ginny Leise is a writer, filmmaker and comedian living in Astoria, NY. She has extensive experience and training in improv and sketch writing at The People’s Improv Theater and Upright Citizen’s Brigade, storytelling at the Magnet Theater with Adam Wade and acting at the Atlantic Acting School. She has been telling comedic stories on stage for four years. She has hosted her own shows at Union Hall and The Bell House in Brooklyn and toured all over the country with a storytelling ensemble. Her writing credits include the play Great Gig: A Workshop for Business, the short film Pillows, the web series, The Shame Game, Feminist Babysitter and Hearts of Gold. Her most recent project is the TV pilot Urban Teach Now.

Week 3: January 21-28

Success through Self-Publishing
Leader: Robert Kroese

Learn the ropes of self publishing, including the differences between self-publishing and traditional publishing, e-book formatting, distribution, and marketing your book.

Robert Kroese has written eleven novels, mostly humorous scifi and fantasy, including Mercury Falls. Five of these were published by Amazon’s scifi imprint, 47North and five were self-published. Robert’s latest book, The Big Sheep, is published by Thomas Dunne/MacMillan.

How to write an essay like greatest writers did?

What: Essay writing workshop for students
When: November 21, 2016, 7 p.m.
Where: Le Bain club, The Standard Hotel, 18th floor, New York City.

Why: Talk, write, and think about great essays by prominent writers from Hemingway and Nabokov to Burroughs and Kerouac.

  • Analyze essays by the greatest writers of all time.
  • Have a look at companies’ case studies that have gone viral.
  • Read papers of unknown authors that were never read before.
  • Produce strategies for making your essay go viral
  • Use technologies for gaining ideas
  • Write essays with power, style, and inspiration

Workshop leader:

Educational coach Natalie Andersen.


Break into a Pro Market at the New York Pitch Conference

Why: Hone your pitch, and in so doing, gain insight in to the marketability of your work. Bills itself as “The Premier Career Launcher for Commercial Authors.”  Focus on Autobiography/Memoir, Children’s, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy or Young Adult.

Learn with authors, agents and editors, including Brendan Deneen, Robert Olen Butler, Kimberley Cameron, Lyssa Keusch, Robert Bausch, Michael Neff, Tina Wexler, Jackie Cantor, Susan Breen, Caitlin Alexander, Michael Braff and Paula Munier.

Algonkian – the sponsor – bills itself as one of “the most successful and pragmatic events for writers and authors who desire to break into major commercial markets.” Learn how pitch a professional and get your work taken seriously industry professionals. All advice is provided by professionals, not peer critique.

Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference

What: Writers’ Conference
When: August 18-21, 2016
Where: Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Why: Touts itself as the leading advocate for writers and readers of all genres and most written about writers’ conference on the web. Killer Nashville, they say, is about the relationships, which distinguishes it from the others. Their website lays out their aims:

  • Assist authors of all writing genres and formats
  • Develop a better understanding of the craft of the mystery, thriller, suspense, and crime fiction and nonfiction genres specifically
  • Portray law enforcement and forensic science in a fair and accurate manner

The conference is designed as an intimate conference with an emphasis on networking, education, and career planning, with attendance capped at 500. Take part in scheduled sessions, manuscript critiques, roundtables & panels, networking parties and direct connections.

They offer nine breakout sessions for intense smaller group interaction, Mystery Bingo, the authors’ bar, wine tasting, two cocktail receptions, the Guest of Honor Dinner, film previews and live music performances.

Get R&R in downtown Nashville over the weekend.

Guests of Honor: Janet Evanovich and Kevin O’Brien.

Tagline: “A place for thriller, suspense, mystery writers and literature lovers”

Antioch Writers’ Workshop

What: Annual week-long summer program
When: July 9-15, 2016
Where: Antioch University Midwest, 900 Dayton St, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, United States

Why: Learn about writing fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and memoir from keynote speaker and instructor Roxane Gay, other guest speakers and faculty. Learn about the business of publishing.

Choose your option:

  • The Full Week Experience
  • Saturday Seminar
  • Afternoon Only Seminar

Since: 1986

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