2019​

Walking Crow Meditation Center​(free)

A Writer's Cabin: All new year of writers' seminars

A Mountain​ Retreat for private writing time




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. ​

Write for information today!

Summit Seminars

P.O. Box 36

Crestline Village, CA 92325

Come to the mountains to escape the usual​

April is Poetry month around the world. Write short or long poems, epics or haiku. Get published in literary journals or complete a collection. Learn the ropes for all phases of being a poet in the real world of literature, leave a legacy for your descendants. This is about how to become a poet among poets. Schedule public readings, attend poetry conferences world-wide, enjoy retreats at famous centers, enter contests,perform at slams, and more. APRIL 13th/14thm 2019

Walking Crow Meditation Center

an hour, a day, a weekend of refreshing silence.......

(909) 589-0969    Leave message with contact info.   This is always free! It doesn't cost anything to share the silence in our cozy retreat cabin, a beautiful garden, walking Lake Gregory, or a woodland trail. Did you read FREE? Take a breather from your busy world, practice mindfulness........in the traditions of the Native Americn tribes, Tibetan masters and American psychologists and motivational speakers of note.



LEARN MORE

IN SEPTEMBER 2019

Our SECOND Murder Mystery seminar with a (boxed set) dinner-party game!

SEPTEMBER 28th

One day only!

Saturday!!!!


We will write from 1 PM until 5 PM. WHEN we play actual participants in a murder mystery. Dinner will also be  from the authentic menu from the last night of the dreadful voyage of the Titanic. Discussion of writing mysteries, short story or novel.


Dinner from the Titanic menu 

fine wines

music selected from that played on the Titanic

you will receive detailed information about the role you are to play during the solving of the dinner party mystery game. Costumes optional.


Apply as soon as you can.

Participants limited to 8, the number of characters in the game. 

$150  for a day of writing (seminar),  and a special party dinner playing the murder mystery scenario with characters assigned in advance to each writer.

This looks like something very special. Your host, and chef--joan Johnson.

A Night to remember  2019

for creative writers who just want to have fun........LIMITED to Only the first EIGHT applicants.


 Writing the Short Story: from start to finish. MAY 4th/5th 2019 =$150

Write at least one short story in any genre in our days together. 


All you need to know about writing from flash to novella, with additional information about copyright, query letters, submission and more.


about how to submit to magazines and competitions and how to publish in literary journals and collections.

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Your instructor has a short story of 426 words just published in November this year. She is the winner of the Ernest Hemingway Prize for Short Fiction 2016 for a story just under 1,ooo words, The judge was the author of the text book on how to write "Flash.". She has also had over 30 long short stories pulblished internationally.





Write - Be inspired - refresh-

start something-

complete something!

Summit P.O. Box 36 Crestline, CA 92325

Come to write deliberately in the woodland cabin two hours east of LA and 5.000 ft above the crowd. Your mentor is a winner of the Ernest Hemingway Prize for short fiction, an award-winning playwright with plays off-Broadway and on NPR, and a published poet. 

Summit Seminars

(Not a writers workshop, but  professional guidance to being a published writer.)


Serving writers from beginning to publication and ownership of intellectual property.


Check out the entire website for information on who and what this service is about and the idea of getting down where writing is serious business and not just a hobby.

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Joan Eyles Johnson, M.A. Winner of the ERNEST HEMINGWAY PRIZE FOR SHORT FICTION 2016 (Fiction Southeast) has not only taught writing for over 35 years, but is an award-winning author of short stories, poetry and a playwright with over 40 Plays produced internationally, off-Broadway and on NPR, has retired to the mountains to write deliberately, and to share her cabin in the woods with others who want to write along with her with professional coaching, inspirational prompts and expertise. Joan has four degrees in writing for media and has taught screenwriting and writing for TV and radio, all of which she has done. She has written for newspapers here and in Japan, and was a popular (contract) oft-requested teacher of writing at major corporations: Hewlett Packard, Intel, Philco/Ford, The US Government, Department of the Navy, and more. For seven years she was the Television host and producer of "Joan's Show" in Silicon Valley, She has worked locally for PBS, ABC and Fox News as a stringer for major event coverage nationwide. She continues to hone her craft taking classes from contemporary writers, most recently online from Stanford University with the young Maine novelist, Lewis Robinson (Water Dogs) and attendance at four Colrain Conferences with Joan Houlihan, Fred Marchant and other poets and poetry book publishers in Ashland, OR, Whidby Island, WA and Las Truchas, NM.

JUNE 8th and 9th

Writing for TV and Film

learn formats, getting to producers and directors, how to pitch, learn the lingo, the business of stage and screen, the very different formats, the entire process to your Emmy or Oscar.

Joan's recent published short stories, play performances, poetry, etc.

1.)February 2016  First place Winner of the Ernest Hemingway Prize  Short Fiction, for her story "The Night Packet" to be published  Fiction Southeast. (online with audio version as well.)

2.) Flash story, "A Pigeon's Life" published in Foliate Oak at http://www.foliateoak.com online. 

(February edition)The Raven's Perch journal: 5 poems 1story  

3.)April: A tribute to Joan Eyles Johnson, 3 one-act plays onstage in L.A. directed by Sharon Carnicke at the Stanislavsky Studio: "Odile" "Hislops' Fables" "Dancing to the Epistle"  Echo Park, LA. 

4.)In the May issue: "The Raven's Perch" flash story "Whispering" www.theravensperch.com

5) Poem, "Grief" in the current June issue of The Orchards Poetry Journal. https://orchardspoetry.com

6) Semi-finalist Writer/Advice online for 300 word flash story: Hair  Skin  Breath.  

7.) Poem "Phuket" in new journal, Trampset. published 6/26th on


8.) Received July 25th from the best director, teacher of theater I ever met; this is a prize beyond any one could receive, better than any award:


2018

9.) Five poems published in The Raven's Perch: You Can Find Me, The Drowned Corvette, Making Strawberry Jam, Prairie Morning, and Fencing. November  16th. 


10.) Prose Poem, "One Cannibal Waiting" accepted for publication in next edition of Phantom Drift Limited,  literary journal. (Nov 2018)

11.) Flash fiction story, "Left" to be published in first edition of "Splash" 

(2019) a new journal by Haunted Waters Pressm, publisher of the journal, "Out of the Depths."

12.) Three articles in the Winter edition of Crestlne Magazine published by the Chamber of Commerce. Profiles of Pam Morey, Joseph Velazquez, and John Arthur.

accolades

Letter Received:

Dear Joan, I so love you and your spirit.

I can’t wait for the next time we go to the Huntington, have an Indian meal, and talk about life and theatre!

It is a privilege knowing you.

Sharon

Dr. Sharon Marie Carnicke

Professor, Dramatic Arts and Slavic

Associate Dean, Director of the BA Program in Dramatic Arts

University of Southern California, School of Dramatic Arts

1029 Childs Way, Los Angeles CA 90089-0791; 1-213-740-8686

Founder: The Stanislavsky Institute for the 21st Century

Author: “Stanislavsky in Focus”, “Chekhov: 4 Plays and 3 Jokes” (translator), “Checking out Chekhov”, and “Reframing Screen Performance” (co-author).


Winner of The ErnestHemingway Prize for her short story, "The Night Packet" to be printed in Fiction Southeast this month.

Poets?!?!

Are you a  secret poet? Do you have a handful or maybe a book of poems you have written for your own pleasure? Are you limiting your self by self-publishing?Would you like to know how to get your poetry published in the traditional way for more than just your friends and family to see?  April 13/14 weekend: a solid 6 hours a day seminar on the subject of getting poetry published from literary journals to your own collection (book) with an ISBN from the Library of Congress. Reserve your place now and get your work in bookstores and libraries! 

Apply for this well ahead of time.



"...it is fair to say that our country is experiencing a moment of popular anger, political vertigo, and institutional fragility that is almost without precedent."  Jeffrey Goldberg from Atlantic magazine


When applying for any upcoming event or seminar, please be sure your letter/application arrives in the Crestline Post office box at least a week in advance. Please address your check to Joan Johnson.

Summit Seminars P.O. Box 36 Crestline CA 92325 

Gothic fiction, which is largely known by the sub-genre of Gothic horror, is a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance. Its origin is attributed to English author Horace Walpole, with his 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto, subtitled (in its second edition) "A Gothic Story". The effect of Gothic fiction feeds on a pleasing sort of terror, an extension of Romantic literary pleasures that were relatively new at the time of Walpole's novel. It originated in England in the second half of the 18th century and had much success in the 19th, as witnessed by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Another well known novel in this genre, dating from the late Victorian era, is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The name Gothic refers to the (pseudo)-medieval buildings, emulating Gothic architecture, in which many of these stories take place. This extreme form of romanticism was very popular in England and Germany. The English Gothic novel also led to new novel types such as the German Schauerroman and the French Georgia.”----Wikipedia

Reserve the weekend NOW for writing 

YOUR OWN "Dark Matter" (Gothic Fiction, Noir, Horror ) in a short story, novel or film

OCTOBER  5th and 6th (be ready for Halloween)

$150

If you are writing, or want to write or publish your Gothic short story, novel, poems, or screenplay this condensed course is for you all in one scary weekend scaring yourself as does Stephen King.

We will look intently at some of the most famous Gothic works from today to yesterday, enjoy writing sessions with apt prompts, workshop, eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, (or spirits?) and enjoy the thrilling stuff of horror, mystery and the macabre. And if you want to stay overtime, we can enjoy some wine and cheese while we enjoy some horror films you may not have seen. At Dorothy's we have a large and rare collection of films.  

A bargain mini-working vacation with a written product you can take with you when you leave..

Maybe a special surprise guest will appear to add some gory highlights to your sojourn in the woods high in the California “alps” once known as “little Switzerland” where the streets have names like Edelweiss, San Moritz, Jungfrau, and such. We may even sit around a fire and tell scary tales invoking the ghost of  Mary Shelley when perhaps you will be even more inspired to publish your own classic horror novel?.

Summit Seminars P.O. Box 36 Crestline California 92325

Get a small group of writer friends and make it a party. 



sign up now while you are wanting to do this.

No limit to participants.


Opening with a big blast of cold facts! Grammar Bites (not bytes) Refresh or re-learn the current basics. Whenever you speak or write somebody is silently correcting your grammar and may even be judging your intelligence or? So, how about taking a new look at the subject? 

A One day intense study of the most common mistakes and how to easily correct them. The Grammar Lady is in.

March 8th one day only. 'reserve your place early.

$100 for your welcome to a small group.  This seminar has proven to be the most fun and the most popular of all. Once with 9 participants when limited to 6. This year limited to readers of this website only. A sort of private occasion.

Can you believe it? 

Drop a note with your check (fully guaranteed refundable if you cancel) to Summit Seminars P.O. Box 36 Crestline, CA. Commit to a yearly checkup.

Did you know that the rules of grammar change all the time? Learn all about it in a day!  

Sign in now. $100 all meals included.


A special day NOT exclusively for writers, but anyone who wants to catch up with the latest rules and style of English grammar. March 8th-FRIDAY

ONE DAY ONLY

(This will not be announced anywhere but here in order to keep the horde from bombarding us when we are having fun tossing our language about.)

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POETRY

extra

April 20th

a special one day seminar

Are you a poet? Do you keep your poems a secret that you only share with a friend or two? Would you like to know about the world of poetry publishers and maybe even attempt to see your work in print and share it with a wider world? 

One day in the mountains at a writers' retreat. Plenty of time to share with other poets who come together to talk of the highest form of thinking, according to T.S.Eliot.

$100 for  materials and lunch, inspiration and information about the process.

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Dare  to be a professional writer.

Upcoming WEEKEND SEMINAR: INQUIRE NOW!


"The business of being a writer"

Everything a writer needs to know about getting an agent, finding a publisher, preparing a book proposal, submitting stories, poems and plays, the proper way to submit by mail, formats for query letters, the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishers, the way to promote your work both with or without an established  major publishing house, Book tours, how to schedule your own promotional tour, how to advertise your work, publicizing yourself, handouts with important information on all or most of the above subjects, texts you may want to buy for your writing and publishing life, getting an ISBN for your book, copyright laws, securing your rights to your work from plagiarism, and selling rights to media, both foreign and domestic. Intellectual property laws, and more. $200. December dates to be announced.


Summit Seminars

P.O. Box 36

Crestline, CA 92325



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July 13th 14th 

Non-Fiction writing.

Literary essays. Travel articles. Memoir chapters. op-ed pieces. college essays and papers from freshmen through a graduate dissertations, and more.

Just in time for your vacation, pay for the whole trip with a piece and two or three pictures of your destination. It is a reasonable, smart and profitable way to travel anytime. Learn how to write editorials from a writer with a degree in writing for newspapers, TV and radio (journalism) with plenty of experience and travels around the world and getting paid for it.

$150 for information, process, skillsets, handouts and more.

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Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction

With a very special guest writer

Complete your work, those ideas you have not set to paper yet, and be inspired big time!

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September 28th- the Mystery dinner

Murder on the Titanic!

One Day of writing and enjoying playing like Agatha Christie and all the rest!

With gala dinner! 

From 1 pm until 6 pm.

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​November 2nd and 3rd

Writing the novel 

We will begin or continue writing a novel.

Lots of information, exercises, inspiration, instruction and help!

Get that story out of your head and into the hands of an editor/publisher.

Two days of intense study of how to write a novel that works, where to find the right publisher and contract laws to protect your rights here and abroad, how to negotiate a contract for turning your story into a movie.

All this in just two days, leaving you with all you need to know and lots of confidence that you can do this without losing your rights. Trust me, it happens all the time to those who learn the hard way!

Alll this for $150. 

you would pay over $800 for a class lasting for weeks.

Two days without socializing or extraneous discussions will teach you all you need to know.

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One Day specials

March 8th A Grammar Party!

Learn all you need to know to regain confidence in your ability to speak and write correctly with acceptable usage of your own language!

April 20th

An extra special poetry party because it is, after all, National Poetry Month!

September 28th

That mystery dinner with some facts and instructions and hints about writing successful mysteries.

A Titanic event for dinner with entertainment, an evil game of whodunit, and memory-making merriment!

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  • concierge service for mountain entertainment and sports events and, of course, nice warm places to stay overnight in our beautiful mountain resort from inexpensive to luxurious with food from fast to fantastic.



You must send your application, a check for the seminar  and, of course, any questions  to:

 Summit Seminars P.O. Box 36 Crestline Village, CA 92325 to be received at least a week before the beginning date. All payments are totally refundable if cancelled or received too late to be processed, or if your plans change and you cannot attend the seminar you chose; the next applicant will replace you and your payment will be totally refundable upon notice at any time.



Price includes all snacks, continental breakfast and lunch each day

Comestibles

FREE

You will be catered to while writing . A continental breakfast and a healthy lunch menu is available every day. Snacks, coffee, tea and water are always available, and at 3pm there will be sharing with your convivial small group of companion writers during our positive  critique periods.

Lodgings

In a  directions package we will will send you a list of recommended lodges, cabins and hotels in and around Lake Arrowhead within a very short driving distance. Low cost and discounted rates for guests. 

If you want to extend your stay in the mountains and enjoy the pleasures of Southern California, Lake Arrowhead is one hour from Palm Springs, an hour and a half from San Diego and two hours from L.A. (Hollywood). Crestline Village is a four season resort with boating, fishing, swimming (water park )in summer and famous ski trails in winter, all this at 6,000 feet above the valley of the Inland Empire.

The Rim of the World Highway has been named one of the top ten most beautiful scenic drives in the country!



accolades

"I learned without even knowing I was learning. I want to thank you for that....Aside from helping me  write better essays this has helped me become a better communicator in general. Thank you for that too."

----Christina Medina, MD 


"Joan is one of the most brilliant creative minds I have ever known. She is the reason I continue to write today and was a profound influence on my creativity."              

---Judith Gardner, Professional author and story teller, and owner of The Gardner Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas                 

                        

"I found Ms. Johnson to be passionate and learned....committed to the educational and personal development of her students." ---Manuel Perea, Instructor,​ Pasadena City College




Crestline is adjacent to Lake Arrowhead and is a 4 season resort. Our retreat cabin is situated high in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California where we are two hours from the ocean at Seal Beach  and/or Los Angeles, in winter you can ski in the morning and surf after lunch.  While writing, and being coached you will be in a cozy  pine cabin in a natural forest (cedars, oak and pine, mountain laurel)  in which to write, and if it is cold, snowing, and/or you would prefer to write indoors, we have a floor to ceiling river rock fireplace and cozy dens, nooks, sofas, and an extensive library where you can tuck yourself up with your laptop. We are a Wi-fi property, indoors and outside. Overnight accomodations are available at an additional cost. Please inquire.

Oh and we have flying squirrels, stellar blue jays, colorful juncos, "Woody" woodpeckers, raccoons and a very rare bear who will not bother you as long as our mascot, Daisy Buchanan*, a genuine bear-dog is on patrol. Bring your camera!

*She's spoiled rotten and always leaves the messes she makes for others to clean up after her. W/apologies to one of our favorite authors.






 P.O.Box 36 Crestline, CA 92325