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Lexi Retreats with Melanie Bishop

Lexi [lek-see] noun, Greek for "word". 

word – [wurd] noun, a unit of language; (slang) 1. well-said; 2. said in agreement; 3. can be used as a greeting.

Write & Play in Carmel-by-the-Sea
October 2-7, 2016

Registration Limited to 14
$100 course discount and 10% off accommodations when booked by 7/31/16

Writing Retreats provide the perfect balance of solitude and companionship, introspection and discussion, rest and stimulation, work and play. During retreats, writers often find they have better access to the muse, simply because they've left behind their familiar environment, with its typical distractions and demands. Being stimulated by a new locale and landscape recharges the senses, restores inspiration, and often generates new material. Other than a 90-minute class each day, participants will design their routines according to their own preferred rhythms--writing, reading, walking on the beach, meeting other writers for coffee, visiting shops, galleries and cafes, scheduling a local home or food tour, relaxing with a massage, visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium or driving to Big Sur. We encourage you to really place equal emphasis on writing and playing.

Classes consist of shared readings, discussion and craft exercises, applicable to both fiction and creative nonfiction,. While it's best to arrive at a retreat with a project underway, some people wait to see what they will feel inspired to work on, once they settle in. Either way, you will leave having made progress on your writing, while also soaking up the color and textures, the soundtrack and tastes of Carmel.

"I have attended the Iowa Writers Workshop, the workshop in Spoleto, Italy and the New York Writers Institute. I can say hands-down that working with Melanie has been the most inspiring of them all."
- Dr. Linda Meyers, Writer and Psychologist, Manhattan

The Write and Play Retreat includes:

  • 90 minute class time daily (mon-fri)
  • One hour private review of work (up to 20 double spaced pages)

Accommodations at The Vagabond's House include:

  • Breakfast in Bed daily
  • Daily Wine and Cheese Social 4-6 pm
  • Parking and WiFi at the inn

Course fee:

  • Course fee $1,175
  • Additional mentoring $85/hour
  • Accommodations paid separately
Classes are held at Sunset Center Carmel

All accommodations provided by The Vagabond's House
To reserve your place in the next Write and Play retreat, call 831.624.7738

Melanie Bishop has taught writing or led creative writing retreats in Arizona's Sierra Ancha Wilderness, At Paolo Soleri's Arcosanti (, in the Cycladic Islands of Greece, and, now, on the Monterey Peninsula in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Bishop recently took early retirement from Prescott College, where she was on the creative writing faculty for twenty-two years, and was founder and editor of Alligator Juniper, the college's award-winning, national literary magazine. Melanie holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona, and was awarded a screenwriting fellowship from the Chesterfield Writers' Film Project, co-sponsored by Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. The Makeover, a screenplay written during the fellowship year, later went on to place in America's Best Screenplay Competition.

Bishop's young adult novel, My So-Called Ruined Life, was released in January, 2014 by Torrey House Press. She's peddling two books at present: a memoir, Some Glad Morning; and a short story cycle, Home for Wayward Girls. The cycle has been a finalist in contests five times over the past four years: The Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, the University of Iowa Press Short Fiction Awards, the Doris Bakwin Award, the Tartt Fiction Award, and Hidden River's Eludia Award. She's also published short fiction and nonfiction in Glimmer Train, Georgetown Review, Greensboro Review, Florida Review, Potomac Review, Valley Guide, Hospice Magazine, Puerto del Sol, The American and Family Circle.

Currently, Melanie enjoys writing, teaching, and leading retreats in Carmel, California. She's at work on Book Two of the Tate McCoy Series, and is the book reviewer for Carmel Magazine.
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Lexi Retreats

The Vagabond's House: 4th and Dolores, P.O. Box 2747, Carmel, California 93921
Phone: 831.624.7738 • EMAIL
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