Summit Seminars is now offering private residencies to one woman writer at a time for one to two weeks lodging in a private studio with separate entrance in an historic home surrounded by cedar, oak, pine and laurels, birds and squirrels. Dedicated to nourishing the creative spirit in emerging or established women writers with non-interference or interruptions except for good food and  a room of her own.

Accommodations include daily meals, snacks, telephone, and local transport. 

Stay in a pine chalet in the woods in the mountain village of Crestline, California.

$250 a week, all inclusive with personal care and attention.

Only women seeking a quiet, private place in the country to work seriously on either playwriting, cinematic arts, non-fiction, creative fiction and poetry may apply. 

Enjoy writing in a lovely private rose garden in the woodland 5000 ft. above the Pacific ocean.


Application period is now closed and will open in August for Spring residencies of two to four weeks and close on September 30th

Eligibility Applicants must:

• Be woman-identified

• Be 21 years of age or older

• Apply as an individual artist, not a collaborative group or team

You will provide a work sample and answer three questions (each answer 300 words or fewer).

• How have you sought to educate yourself as a writer? (Formal education not a prerequisite, but evidence of curiosity and learning in your applicable genre is.)

• What is your experience with publishing your work?

• What project will you pursue while in residency? Work Sample Requirements:

• Work samples should reflect work completed within the last two years.

• Applicants can submit published or unpublished work samples.

Diversity I, Joan Eyles Johnson, am committed to diversity and elevating voices of historically excluded communities.

Finish your script, novel (historical, romance, mystery), poetry chapbook, poetry collection, children's and adult literature, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, stage play, travelogue, interview, essay, and 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

Special guest professionals from all genres will attend one of the seminar days on several occasions, and there will be special appearances by professional working writers on "one day only" sessions as well. Tickets for these events will be well-advertised in advance with the varying, but always low-cost fees. These events may or may not be held at special venues, depending on the response. TBA

A package for submission to publishers for $150 total

I will critique one single page fiction synopsis  (including three revisions) 

A Query letter and the first three chapters of your book (no more than 60 pages)

Some writers charge as much as $600 for this service.

Consider the bargain before you waste your postage.

I will critique your book when you think it is ready to submit to a publisher.  For $850 total, i will annotate your work page by page with professional feedback, a thorough in-depth analysis, coach, and inspire you to be your very best at clarity, cohesion, structure, POV, voice, diaglogue, tension, setting, character devlopment, pacing, scene (action), sentence variety, and more. I will speak to you in persona at my retreat, by phone or online as often as you like when contracted for the job,  I will make your book's wide distribution my priority until it finds its place in the bookstores whether it takes a month or more.


Four minutes from beautiful Lake Gregory


$400. For any complete 4 day seminar

Day seminar: $100 (6 hours)

Master classes and Private instruction/editing/critique $45 an hour

Daily desk for solitary writing time: $15 an hour

All payment in advance with application including a brief bio 

Since we are in the San Bernardino National Forest, on the upside of a mountain, walking and stairs will require solid shoes, and cars will require chains in the winter months. 

Write for brochure with more information: Summit Seminars Box 36 Crestline CA 92325

If applying, please make check out to Joan Johnson and write Summit Seminars on the memo line.