join us for 2 days of:
- intensive, all day writing workshops in poetry, memoir, fiction, screenwriting, and personal essay
- gourmet meals made by professional chefs, Rachael Narins and Suzanne Griswold of Chicks With Knives
- socializing in the natural splendor of Joshua Tree Park in Southern California
- one on one meetings with experienced, supportive instructors and the option to get feedback on an advance submission of your writing
Tuition, Lodging, One on One Consultation, Gourmet Meals, and Activities for 2 nights, 2 days:
Cost: $815 for single room/$715 for shared room/$350 for classes and meals only. $300 deposit required. Payment plans available.
2 Tracks available at the Writing Pad Joshua Tree Park Retreat:
Master (Includes on-site homework assignments to inspire you to progress on a writing project over the weekend)
There are only 1 spot left for this fantastic writers’ retreat! To sign up/for more information, contact email@example.com or call 323-333-2954.
About Marilyn Friedman:
Marilyn is the founder and lead instructor at Writing Pad. She has taught writing in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles for the past six years, including classes at Pixar, Walt Disney Studios, The Writing Salon, and the Southern California Writers Conference. Her poetry has been published in Pearl, Karamu, Squaw Valley Review, California Quarterly, and The Great American Poetry Show. She has written articles on love and dating for Match.com. Currently working on a memoir about her experiences as a swing dancer, Marilyn has a BA in English and Writing from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s Degree from Boston University.
About Adair Lara:
Adair is the author of ten books, including The Best Of Adair Lara, Hold Me Close, Let Me Go: A Mother, a Daughter and an Adolescence Survived, and her latest, the very popular, Naked, Drunk, And Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay. Her articles and essays have appeared in San Francisco Chronicle, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, Parenting, Glamour, Redbook, Ladies’ Home Journal, and many other national publications. She was an award-winning newspaper columnist and received the following awards: AP’s Best Columnist in California, two Best Humor Column awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and Best Commentary from the American Association of Sunday and Feature editors. She has taught sold out writing workshops in essay and memoir in the Bay Area for 20 years.
About Elise Capron:
Elise is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, proclaimed by the LA Times and Newsweek as “the most powerful literary” agency in the West, representing bestselling fiction and non-fiction authors, such as Amy Tan, Lisa See, and Maxine Hong Kingston. Some of Elise's recent and soon-to-be-published books include Jonathon Keats' The Book of the Unknown (Random House), Tiphanie Yanique's How to Escape from a Leper Colony (Graywolf), Jack Shuler's Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town (University of South Carolina Press), and Whitney Lyles' Party Games (Simon Pulse). Elise is looking for unforgettable writing, a terrific narrative voice/tone, and memorable characters. She loves fiction with an unusual or eccentric edge. On the non-fiction front, Elise prefers fascinating true stories told in a compelling way. A graduate of Emerson College, Elise holds a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing, and served on the editorial staff of the Emerson Review.