Ellen Sussman and Elizabeth Stark, both acclaimed authors and writing teachers, have put together two wonderful four day events. Held in the gorgeous setting-gardens, pond, meadow and woods-of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, just 70 miles from both San Francisco and Oakland, May 3 – 7 & August 2 – 6, this will be an intimate, inspiring, enormously creative and productive adventure.
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. www.ellensussman.com
is the host of Story Makers Podcast (StoryMakersShow.com), author of the novel Shy Girl (FSG, Seal Press) and co-director and co-writer of several several films, including FtF: Female to Femme, a creative documentary and Little Mutinies, a short (both distributed by Frameline). She earned an M.F.A. from Columbia University in Creative Writing. Currently the lead coach and teacher at the BookWritingWorld.com, she’s taught writing and literature at UCSC, Pratt Institute, the Peralta Colleges, HWS Colleges and in 2010, she was the Distinguished Fiction Writer at St. Mary’s College in Orinda.
We will begin each day with an optional “From Where You Dream” writing and meditation space-no talking, just sitting together to write and meditate before breakfast. (Or sleep in-it’s your vacation!)
After breakfast, we will gather in small groups to spend the morning engaged in creative, generative writing. Everyone will have the chance to work with Ellen for two days and with Elizabeth for two days, leaving camp with rich new pages and ideas. This is the perfect opportunity to launch, deepen or finish a project.
Late afternoons will feature special panels including a Q & A and dinner with agents/ editors looking for new talent, a session and dinner with guest authors publishing in today’s industry, and a third panel that will address productivity, creativity and process with writing coaches and guides.
A first evening welcome party with wine and treats will be followed on subsequent evenings by readings, featuring first Ellen and Elizabeth and then interested students. Dinners will be eaten all together, and will include our guests of the day-agents/ editors, authors, and Ellen and Elizabeth, so we will have the chance for great conversation and connection between faculty and students not always available at larger conferences.