Stepping onto the Path

Fri-Sun, February 5-7, 2021
During our weekend Writing Retreat, we'll prepare to face the long road ahead. Bring your notes and ideas, your questions and quirks, and don't forget to bring a blank page, an open mind, and a willing soul.

  • Afternoon Check-in at the 'best-kept-secret' Pacific Inn in Old Town Seal Beach, CA
  • Happy Hour Meet & Greet {by Pool}
  • Walking Writing Prompt challenge
  • Welcome Dinner just steps away at the Yucatan Grill*
  • Shut-in Write-in {your room}
  • Dessert social {Retreat Ranger's suite}

  • Tao Cheng (a cross between Tai Chi & Qi Gong) {on grass across from Inn}
  • Breakfast {Inn's Breakfast Room}
  • Morning session {Retreat Ranger's suite} - Your ideal reader, voice, theme, your unique story; 3-Act structure & outlining; bringing characters to life, POV, tense, conflict, more conflict, and more
  • Lunch* {TBD}
  • Afternoon session - Write-in at the Mary Wilson Library, behind the Inn 
  • Tea & Sympathy - Share your questions and challenges over afternoon tea at McKenna's Tea Cottage* across from the library
  • Free creative time
  • Dinner at The Hangout Restaurant* facing the ocean; give your project's elevator pitch
  • Walk & Talk Q&A to/from the pier; share your favorites authors and stories
  • Ice Cream on Main Street
  • One-on-one appointments with your Retreat Ranger

  • Langrada (a cross between Yoga & Pilates) {location TBA}
  • Breakfast {Inn's Breakfast Room}
  • Check out
  • Morning session {Retreat Ranger's suite} - The business of writing; Indie publishing costs, timing, and responsibilities; Working with Editors & designers, Assembling your Team, Timelines & Waymarks, Promotions, social media, websites, launch parties, and more
  • Lunch {picnic by Pool}
  • Afternoon session - Write-In {by Pool or in the Retreat Ranger's suite}
  • Farewell snacks for the road {Retreat Ranger's Suite}

* indicates no-host activity, cost not included