Summit Seminars and

private consultations: $45 private one hour or $100 for six hours with lunch. Finish your script, play, novel (historical, romance, mystery), poetry chapbook, poetry collection, children's and young-adult literature, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, stage play, travelogue, interview, essay, and more all with the coaching of an award-winning author, poet and playwright and very special guests.

Our goal is to get you to publication and solid intellectual property (copyright) for your legacy. From start to finish, work toward your goal. ​

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Summit Seminars

P.O. Box 36

Crestline Village, CA 92325

Hooray!!! Our first writer's retreat after a long isolation.  Back to the quiet, private, retreats.

Summit Seminars opens with a day of "MEMORIES." on Saturday, May 21st. "Beginning your Memoir" is the overall theme. For another start, a fresh start, or continued writing, a memoir is a MUST in these days of gossip and innuendo when you want to set the record straight and clear from your own history and not "theirs." At any stage of life, writing a clear artifact, memory and true history of your life is important.  Come for a quiet day away from the familiar, and write without interruption in my garden at your own little red bistro table. All writing materials and a nutritious lunch are included. This special opening of a summer of writing seminars and classes is absolutely FREE to 6 people who want a writing experience with only positive inspiration and feedback. Sign up now and be included in a small group of like-minded, interesting people. [email protected]

My latest acceptances by literary publishers can be found online. Two short stories: Grande Dame Literary Journal took my spoof on Film Noir writing(short story) and On the Run  "The Last interview" (flash fiction) and a poem in The American Journal of Poetry ("Piano Music") all in the last two months between @5 rejections. Oh yes, let me help you deal with rejections. Not a problem once you are serious about writing.

Special announcement. After a long hiatus, finally. there will be a FREE five day open house for all who would like to sample the surroundings and offerings at my retreat house. Just drop by after making an appointment for an hour or more (or the whole week) and sample the retreat experience. March 21-25. M-F from 10 to 4pm.  Come and stay as often as you like.

Let's introduce ourselves, talk about what you are currently working on, or how to start writing, or how to get published, and enjoy talking about being a writer, getting published, finding inspiration, blocking writer's block, and more. Enjoy a literary chat with an experienced writer  in almost every genre and 30 years of teaching experience in colleges and universities. Even if you are just curious, let me entertain you. Sign up now with your date and time. One hour or the whole day is for your convenience and pleasure. [email protected]  Old friends and new, please come and check out your "happy" place where there is never a discouraging word. That's a promise. Guaranteed. Writing is FUN. 

Keep writing!

Seminars will start up again in Spring when the weather is glorious and the plague is past. WE will meet again in my garden to speak of literature, and to make some from scratch.

Summit Seminars/Scribeaway

Write away from the familiar

MAY 2,3,4 Weekend. Choose any day or all three days

Writing for children and young adults

Weather permtting, come to the retreat for a free silent writing day in the garden. Any sunny day before the snow starts on the mountain,  from 10AM until 3PM. Limited to 4 writers. Get even more serious about your writing and contact me now. Two hours of writing in the fresh air,  healthy delicious lunch, editing session. Optional sharing. Absolutely no negativity allowed when discussing "the written word."

A special five days away

Send to Joan Eyles johnson at [email protected] for more information about the special (Free) week-long writing seminar in Crestline in  the Spring. Please write a brief description of your artistic endeavors, past publications, exhibits, and a brief reason for your interest. Include a phone number if you want a personal response. Please request an application form if you are considering the value of a week in the alpine village of Crestline, California. Extreme silence when writing, good food,  tea, fresh cpffee. and spring bottled water,  honest and kind consideration and feedback on your work, and time for you to spend time in total consideration of your writing and writing goals.  All genres are welcome at the table.

Write away from everything familiar--free yourself to "make it new."

The idea that it’s just a story makes

some people uneasy but when you step back, all human culture is based on a story. Democracy is a story. Marriage is a story. A company’s culture is a story. Religions each has a

story. What often entangles us in the desolate kind of why

bother is being unwilling or unable to do the work of writing a new story that we can wholeheartedly love. What you want—and must have—to bother again is a story you believe in."  

----from "Why Bother" by Jennifer Louden