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• Applicants can submit published or unpublished work samples.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.

A Writer's Cabin:
A Mountain Retreat

Residencies (750 a week)

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

Notice: Filled! No longer open for applications.

Sorry! A writer and family has reserved this residency.

For one writer who has published at least one book or chapbookof fiction, poetry, nonfiction or current member of the Dramatists Guild



  • Submit no more than five pages of sample work (your project for the week)
  • Make sure your name is NOT on any work samples or in the subject box when submitting electronically
  • One paragraph BIO listing professional accomplishments and publishing credits
  • Author statement describing your proposed writing activities at the cabin
  • Cover page: Name, address, phone # and email


Mail to Summit Seminars/ p.o. Box 36 Crestline, CA 92325 or

email application online: [email protected]


A writer's residency in the San Bernardino National Forest in Crestline, California high above the city below and far away from noise and pollution, but still close enough to walk the mountain village and enjoy recreation in the beautiful forest at nearby Lake Gregory when you need a break. You will be in walking distance of a gas station, grocery store, bank, coffee shops and more, but still secluded in your hideaway writer's private retreat. 1 and 1/2 hours from Los Angeles, Palm Springs and San Diego. Enjoy the famous ski resorts nearby.

Fully furnished comfortable and very private two-story cabin with full library and classic DVDs, bundled Wi-Fi, computers, color printer, lots of paper and writing materials, well- stocked kitchen cabinets. food in the fridge and filtered "Arrowhead" water from the tap, dishwasher and stocked freezer, well-stocked varietal wine cellar, including welcoming Champagne, all linens, laundry room and large fenced backyard with custom dog house, huge river rock fireplace with cord of wood. Maid and gardener. Snow removal. Patio with red and white outdoor bistro tables, wicker chairs, all set among over fifty trees: mountain laurel, oak and giant cedars.  Off street parking. Security. Serenity and complete privacy 

for one or two people and no more than 2 pets.

A Snowbird Residency!

Inquire about the next residency at Dorothy's Home: a writer's cabin in the woods For a winter week of skiing (weather-permitting) with ski lift tickets and daily driveway snow removal.

January 12-19th (subject to change as weather permits)

​Seven days and seven nights 2018nquire about the next residency at Dorothy's Home: a writer's cabin in the woods For a winter week of skiing (weather-permitting) with ski lift tickets and daily driveway snow removal.

January 12-19th (subject to change as weather permits)

​Seven days and seven nights 2018 

$750 total cost

Seven days and seven nights 

"Writing is a job, a talent, but it's also the place to go in your head.  It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon." --Ann Patchett