You know what sounds fun? Writing for hours with a totally friendly, no-pressure group of women on a beautiful Alaska island in the summer time without my children. Throw in delicious home-cooked food, some walks, maybe some art-making or a little yoga, too. I’m in! Are you?

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. My big thing this year is having fun. LET’S HAVE FUN. Life is too damn serious.

It will be held at the glorious Yukon Island Retreat Center a short boat ride out of Homer. (Here is a slideshow.)

And, I have two discounted openings for women who want to share skills, looking in particular for someone who might want to teach basic yoga and someone else who’d like to teach an art or craft related subject. For skill sharers the cost of two days of food, accommodations, writing instruction, and water taxi is $375. Regular rate is $435.

( Also: I AM TOTALLY MAKING T-SHIRTS. T-SHIRT COST IS $25.)

To reserve a spot, send me an email with dietary restrictions (and, if you want one, your t-shirt size) and pay by PayPal. (Find me at julia_o_malley@yahoo.com.) It’s first come, first served, but I’m happy to make a plan to pay half by July 4, and half at workshop time if you want.

Let’s do this!

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There are worse places to be.