• $2,495.00 – For 1 guest in Private Room, Shared Cottage, including meals and classes
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Write and Reflect – Sonoma County Writers Camp

With Elizabeth Stark and Ellen Sussman

July 24 - 28, 2024

We welcome back renowned authors Elizabeth Stark and Ellen Sussman for another Sonoma County Writers Camp!
This retreat will infuse you and your writing with creative energy!
Are your pages buzzing with tension, alive with story, vivid, active, and unforgettable? Together, we will examine what in your own writing engages the reader and what can be developed to hook that reader completely.
This retreat will ground you with inspiring meditation instruction and an optional daily early morning mindfulness writing and mediation practice. Surrounded by natural beauty, fed and nourished in all ways at this glorious retreat cente, you will tap into your best creative self. In our combination workshop and generative daily sessions, you will transform your writing–and your writing life.

How this works: You’ll submit 1000 words of a scene or section you’ve struggled to bring to life. Maybe it’s been hard to get the drama onto the page, maybe something else isn’t working—yet. Whether you’re afraid of melodrama, uncertain about believability, insecure about bringing out the fierce conflicts at the heart of powerful character growth, our passionate, close read will give you specific guidance for getting the drama onto the page. Building on your strengths and areas for growth, we’ll guide you into new writing as well. Leave this effective, transformative session with confidence and clarity about getting that drama onto the page–while getting grounded in your own writing life!

Bonus Add-On: Limited to 18 Guests!
July 28-31
$1350, open ONLY to Camp Participants

Follow up your camp immersion with three days of writing retreat with Ellen, Elizabeth, seven other writers and YOU. Build on the inspiration you’ve gained, maintain the focus, and keep writing. Ellen and Elizabeth will be writing, too, with early morning mediative “writing from where you dream,” ongoing cafe writing sessions in the later mornings and afternoons, shared meals and walks, and low-key, high positivity evenings of sharing work, chatting about books.

COVID POLICY: For your safety and ours, we require proof of vaccination AND negative test result from all visitors to Ratna Ling Retreat Center. We wish to provide peace of mind for all of our residents and guests.

 

SCHEDULE (Subject to Change):

Wednesday:
3pm  Check-in
5pm  Wine Tasting
6pm  Dinner
7:30pm  Welcome Gathering
Thursday:
6:30am Meditative Dream Writing
8am Breakfast
9am Writing Workshop
12:15pm Lunch
1:15pm Cafe Writing
2pm Kum Nye with Andi
6pm Dinner + Ratna Ling Introduction
7:30pm Student Readings
Friday:
6:30am Meditative Dream Writing
8am Breakfast
9am  Writing workshop
12:15pm Lunch
1:15pm Cafe Writing
2pm  Hike with Ellen
4pm Master Class with Visiting Author
6pm Dinner
7:30pm  Student Readings
Saturday:
630am Meditative Dream Writing
8am Breakfast
9am Writing Workshop
12:15pm Lunch
1:15pm Cafe Writing
2pm Meditation with George
4:30pm Industry Panel
6pm Dinner
7:30pm  Student Readings
Sunday:
6:30am Meditative Dream Writing
8am Breakfast
9am Writing Workshop
12:15pm Lunch + Closing
1:30pm Checkout

 

Facilitators

Elizabeth Stark
Elizabeth Stark, a novelist (Shy Girl: FSG, Seal Press, finalist for the Ferro-Grumely and Lambda Literary Awards) and award-winning filmmaker (producer of Lost in the Middle: Best Feature at Broad Humor 2019 and a Festival Favorite at Cinema Diverse; co-director and co-writer of FtF: Female to Femme and Little Mutinies, distributed by Frameline), co-hosts the podcast Story Makers Show, and co-directs and teaches at Sonoma County Writers Camp and Book Writing World. She earned her…
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Ellen Sussman
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 and she is the co-founder and co-director of Sonoma County Writers Camp. www.ellensussman.com
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