This summer my themes are creativity and regeneration. And that’s what this weekend workshop is all about. This is a no-judgement, no-homework, nonfiction workshop focused on techniques that stoke creativity, build writing fluency, hone listening/editing skills and develop revision strategies. This workshop is well suited for creative thinkers who write or edit for work as well as creative writers and journalists looking for new ways to get started or reboot. Our work together is meant to help you think more clearly about your audience, better say what you mean, and find the most resonant parts of the story you are trying to tell.

It will be held at the glorious Yukon Island Retreat Center a short boat ride out of Homer.

(Here is a slideshow from a retreat held there last year.)

Here is the glassy water from the beach:

Gorgeous Kachemak Bay

The creative writing process is informed by other creative pursuits. To that end, this weekend will include beach walks, nature walks and optional mini-sessions on pie-baking and naturalist watercolor-painting with Tommy O’Malley, my uncle, a wilderness guide, longtime Alaska artist and, most importantly, an international pie-baking champion. There’s a sample of his work down there. (Neri helped put the hole in the crust.)

(Here’s one of my most popular posts: Step-by-step with Uncle Tommy: Best Pie Crust Ever)

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The workshop will be held July 22-24.

The cost, which includes instruction, two nights lodging, meals, supplies and water taxi from Homer is $525 per person. Alaska Press Club members receive a $25 discount.

Space is limited to eight people. To reserve a spot, email me.