redwoodsThis year I had a wonderful time at the San Francisco Writers Conference and am committed to returning next year. It was a weekend full of great dinners, wonderful people, and amazing discussions on the power of prose. A very valuable aspect of attending these events is that you learn about other upcoming events, and one of those that I would like to share with you today is the “Women Writing in the Redwoods” writing retreat, presented by the San Francisco Writers Conference.

 You can click on the following link for the beautiful flyer, but as you wait to click, let me tell you why the retreat looks great.


1) Michael Larson and Elizabeth Pomada are Organizing!

These two agents are incredibly approachable, intelligent, and caring people. They put everything into the San Francisco Writers Conference to make it a wonderful time, and I am sure they will do the same with this writers retreat.

2) One-on-one Writing Mentoring!

As the flyer states, you will receive one-on-one mentoring from a professional faculty, with the aim of bringing your writing to publishable quality.

3) It is in the Santa Cruz Mountains!

That should say it all. Wouldn’t you love to escape for three nights to write in such a picturesque environment, surrounded by other writers? I know I would. In fact, as listed on the flyer and below, the retreat will take place at a Buddhist retreat center – wow!

I have included the details below, and would love to hear any feedback or stories you would like to share if you are able to attend. I am sure you will have an amazing time!



Any writing retreat can give you time to write. This writing retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains also provides one-on-one mentoring by a professional faculty so your writing can be successfully published.

San Francisco Writers Conference presents


Writers often lament not having enough quiet time to write. That’s why we decided hold this retreat. It will take place at the Pema Osel Ling Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains outside of Watsonville, California, Thursday to Sunday.

There will be time to write, reflect, recharge…and much more!

• Learn about the craft of writing

• Enjoy one-on-one mentoring from the faculty members

• Get tips to help your books be successfully published

• Start to build a career in the new world of writing, marketing and publishing–online and off

• Receive feedback on your work from other attendees; • Become part of a community of writers that share your goals.

“Now is the best time to be a writer,” Pomada says. “You can reach readers more easily and make more money from your books than ever. The San Francisco Writers Conference motto is ‘A Celebrationof Craft, Commerce and Community.’ At the retreat, writers will explore all three and develop skills as writers and authors.”

San Francisco Writers Conference, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, now in its twelfth year.

Date: APRIL 3-6, 2014

Pema Osel Ling Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center


Onsite Faculty:

• Heather Lazare, former Crown/ Random House editor

• Donna Levin, novelist/author of Get That Novel Finished, teaches fiction at UC Berkeley Extension

• Elizabeth Pomada, author/agentLarsen-Pomada Literary Agents

• Michael Larsen, agent/author of How to Get a Literary Agent Registration Information:


Registration includes three nights shared lodging and three breakfasts, lunches and dinners (vegetarian or non-vegetarian) including wine.

The fee is $495 until March 15; $525 until the April 1 deadline.

Attendance limited to 40 writers.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Pomada at 415-673-0939, or Dale King at For information on the San Francisco Writers Conference or sponsorship opportunities, please go to:

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