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Special Seminar Monday, September 26th

For women only from 10AM until tired.

Beginning to write and that means beginning or continuing or finishing a piece of writing whether a short flash fiction or a trilogy of novels.

Send your application. Upon acceptance, you will receive directions to the retreat house and further instructions. The writing sessions are private and only upon acceptance after reading your reasons for applying.

Let's introduce ourselves, talk about what you are currently working on, or how to start writing, or how to get published, and enjoy talking about being a writer, getting published, finding inspiration, blocking writer's block, and more. Enjoy a literary chat with an experienced writer  in almost every genre and 30 years of teaching experience in colleges and universities. Even if you are just curious, let me entertain you. Sign up now with your date and time. One hour or the whole day is for your convenience and pleasure.  Old friends and new, please come and check out your "happy" place where there is never a discouraging word. That's a promise. Guaranteed. Writing is FUN. 


Keep writing!

Seminars will start up again in Spring when the weather is glorious and the plague is past. WE will meet again in my garden to speak of literature, and to make some from scratch.

Summit Seminars/Scribeaway

Write away from the familiar


MAY 2,3,4 Weekend. Choose any day or all three days

Writing for children and young adults

Weather permtting, come to the retreat for a free silent writing day in the garden. Any sunny day before the snow starts on the mountain,  from 10AM until 3PM. Limited to 4 writers. Get even more serious about your writing and contact me now. Two hours of writing in the fresh air,  healthy delicious lunch, editing session. Optional sharing. Absolutely no negativity allowed when discussing "the written word."

A special five days away

Send to Joan Eyles johnson at"> for more information about the special (Free) week-long writing seminar in Crestline in  the Spring. Please write a brief description of your artistic endeavors, past publications, exhibits, and a brief reason for your interest. Include a phone number if you want a personal response. Please request an application form if you are considering the value of a week in the alpine village of Crestline, California. Extreme silence when writing, good food,  tea, fresh cpffee. and spring bottled water,  honest and kind consideration and feedback on your work, and time for you to spend time in total consideration of your writing and writing goals.  All genres are welcome at the table.


Write away from everything familiar--free yourself to "make it new."

The idea that it’s just a story makes

some people uneasy but when you step back, all human culture is based on a story. Democracy is a story. Marriage is a story. A company’s culture is a story. Religions each has a

story. What often entangles us in the desolate kind of why

bother is being unwilling or unable to do the work of writing a new story that we can wholeheartedly love. What you want—and must have—to bother again is a story you believe in."  

----from "Why Bother" by Jennifer Louden

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