Northern California Writers' Retreat

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Thanks so much for your interest in Northern California Writers' Retreat! 

We are currently closed for submissions, but we will open again in August 2024. Please be sure to sign up for our newsletter on our website or follow us on Instagram to learn the Authors-in-Residence and Guest Agents who will be joining us in 2025!

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Here's a reference for what we are doing in 2024:

Come join us for five days and four nights of fiction writing, yoga, delicious food, live piano music, wine, and workshops in beautiful Carmel Valley, California! This year, we are excited to offer two sessions!  

Writing can be a very solitary process. We understand. That’s why we created the Northern California Writers’ Retreat. By the time you leave our sanctuary in Carmel Valley, California, you will feel as though you are a part of a vibrant community of promising fiction writers with serious publishing ambitions.  


Session 1: April 3rd-7th, 2024, featuring Author-in-Residence Zakiya Dalila Harris and Guest Agents Jill Marr from the Dijkstra Agency, and Stephanie Delman from Trellis Literary.

Session 2: April 17th-21st, 2024, featuring Author-in-Residence Chloe Benjamin and Guest Agents Felice Laverne from ArtHouse Literary, and Amanda Orozco from Transatlantic Literary.        And your host for both sessions, former "Big Five" editor and current Independent Editor, Heather Lazare

Happy writing and editing,

Heather Lazare, founder and director, Northern California Writers' Retreat, LLC

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Northern California Writers' Retreat