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.

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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• Applicants can submit published or unpublished work samples.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.


A Writer's Cabin:
A Mountain Retreat



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

What to expect:

Peace. Quiet. Serenity. 


• Uncrowded (limited to 6 participants at any time)

• Peaceful with complete silence when writing

• Spiritually based, meditative, uplifting, with creative prompts, handouts and textbooks

• Inspired by retreats and seminars with the Benedictine monks in the Mojave Desert

• Silent retreats with the Camaldolese hermits in Big Sur

•( 2 years.)Study at the Buddhist Temple in San Jose, CA

• Retreats and seminars I've attended led by poets, e.g.,Robert Bly and William Stafford

• Based upon my own experience writing with great teachers

• Guaranteed to give individual and intensely sensitive feedback

• Strictly positive support with genuine interest and encouragement

• The result of many years of writing and teaching successful students

My writing credentials are:

• Over 48 plays produced either fully- staged or staged readings and more than once on NPR

• Playwright-in-residence at two theater companies

• Many awards for plays, e.g., Beverly Hills Theater, Maude Adams, Theaterworks, Robert Shiras, and more.

Four plays Off-Broadway directed by Tony Award winners.

Founder and Artistic Director of Arrowhead Readers Theater in San Jose at City Lights Theatre 

Winner of Hurricane Award at Eccentric Theater Center in LA  with production

  •  Among the "Top 100" entries (out of 5500 entries) in the last CBS/Dramatists Guild Awards for The Magic Hand given a  6 week run at City Lights Theater in San Jose and winner of "Play of the Year"by Metro newspaper.
  • Newspaper columnist (3 years) for Santa Clara Sun, and Santa Clara American, and Her (Japan)

• Short stories and poems* in literary journals, popular magazines, and anthology

• Seven Phelan awards for poetry

• Poems published internationally with Charles Bukowski (more than once), Anthony Burgess, et al

• Attendance at four Colrain Conferences (Joan Houlihan)  in the past three years

Staying current: Last year Stanford class with Lewis Robinson (short story)

Screenwriting classes with Albert Maltz (Berkeley), Lamont Johnson (Hollywood) Nancy Malone, at the time: president of Women in Film, owner of Lavender Productions, (SJSU), Mick Curran (Pasadena City College), Jurgen Wolff (Hollywood) Dr. Flick (really) at SJSU Poetry classes and seminars with Robert Bly, 

William  Stafford, Naomi Clark, Nils Peterson, Elsie Leach,  and many more

• Hollywood agent- the late Tyler Kjar

Staff writer for Los Angeles Theatres Magazine with cover stories, interviews, reviews and features

Producing, writing, hosting "Joan's Show" Cable TV (Viacom) Santa Clara daily for 7 years: interviewing guests from the world of entertainment, politics, and the neighborhood: Johnny Carson, Jack LaLanne, Johnny Mathis, Mayor Moscone (SF), Joan Baez, Carlos Montoya (in Spanish), Theodore Bikel, Joel Gray, Jane Russell, Fess Parker, Janis Paige, John Raitt, Cheech and Chong, Tom Jones, Andy Williams..many more interesting guests, e.g., the pilots of the Goodyear Blimp, famous chefs, musicians, president/founder of Weight Watchers, Mr. Button, chair of the FCC, et al

Many former students have had success as professional writers

• Over forty years teaching in California colleges and most recently 15 years in graduate MFA classes at Mount Several teaching awards e/.g., St. Mary's University (LA)  Faculty of the year at Mount St. Mary's College (2003) and  ISAE Award for service at MSMU

Current circulating submissions: 48 plays (9 full length, 26 one-acts, 13 ten-minute plays),

 (Nineveh) a book of stories-- 1/3 published individually)

A poetry collection  A Voyager's Thoughts(60 poems),  An historical novel-- in progress, a young adult novel --in progress 

Publiished and translated internationally poems, short stories, and articles.

I am now and have been (continuously) a working writer.

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We could all use less stress. Come to the mountains where you can breathe fresh air.