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Lexi Retreats with Melanie Bishop

2018 Group & Solo Writing Retreats

Start Your Memoir in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Price includes:

  • Daily Instruction (Methodology & Craft)
  • Perspective and Insight
  • Guidance and Inspiration
  • Coaching
  • Price does not include lodging

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

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.

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 (more testimonials)

Group Classes are held at Sunset Center ; Solo classes meet at Pilgrim's Way Secret Garden.

To reserve your room, call 831.624.7738

Melanie Bishop has taught writing or led writing retreats in Arizona's Sierra Ancha Wilderness, at Paolo Soleri's Arcosanti, in the Cycladic Islands of Greece, and in Carmel-by-the-Sea. For 22 years, she taught writing and literature at Prescott College in Arizona, where she was Founding Editor of Alligator Juniper, a national literary magazine.

Her debut novel, My So-Called Ruined Life, was a top-five finalist in 2015 for CLMP's Firecracker Award and for Binghamton University's John Gardner Award in Fiction. She's also published short fiction and nonfiction in Glimmer Train, Georgetown Review, Greensboro Review, Potomac Review, Family Circle, and others.

Bishop has an MFA from University of Arizona, and was awarded a year-long screenwriting fellowship, co-sponsored by Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg. Currently she works as an editor and writing coach, hosts retreats in Carmel-by-the-Sea, and reviews books for Carmel Magazine, New York Journal of Books, and Huffington Post.

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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