Northern California Writers' Retreat

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

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

Come join us for five days and four nights of fiction writing and workshops in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains. 

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 the redwoods, you will feel as though you are a part of a vibrant community of promising fiction writers with serious publishing ambitions. 

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We are very pleased to offer three sessions this year!

Session 1: March 11th-15th 2020 Author-in-Residence Jasmine Guillory, author of The Wedding Date, The Proposal, The Wedding Party and the forthcoming Royal Holiday, and Guest Agent Holly Root of Root Literary!

Session 2: March 18th-22th 2020 Author-in-Residence Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists and The Anatomy of Dreams, and Guest Agent Jennifer Chen Tran of Bradford Literary Agency!

Session 3: March: 25th-29th 2020 Author-in-Residence Rachel Khong, author of Goodbye, Vitamin, and Guest Agent Sarah Bowlin of Aevitas Creative Management.

Plus your host for all sessions, former "Big Five" editor and current Independent Editor, Heather Lazare.

Please share:

  1. Your preferred session (your preference will not affect your acceptance). 
  2. Your personal statement: your writing goals and level of commitment are really important--feel free to get personal!
  3. 20 pages of your novel or short story (double-spaced, 12 point font, paginated).

We will be reading all submissions after November 1st, 2019 and will get back to you with our decision on December 5th, 2019.

We look forward to reading your work!

Thanks again and happy writing,

Heather Lazare, Northern California Writers' Retreat

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