Pine Writing Weekend

Writing Into Daylight

For Fiction and Nonfiction Writers

February 16-18, 2018
5659 Chaparal Lane, Pine Arizona 85544

Get inspired and refreshed at this peaceful getaway spot as you learn or sharpen your writing skills. Spend time on your work in progress or start something new. Optional classes will be offered in the mornings—or just write! Saturday afternoon is for writing or taking a refreshing walk or hike. Deer, elk, javalina, and squirrels are regularly spotted in the back yard. After dinner, participate in a discussion on publishing—or keep creating. In the evenings, relax or chat with fellow writers. Writers’ Weekend location link.

Join Authors/Writing Coaches

Ann Lee Miler

Ann Lee Miler

Ann is a Phoenix author with a B.A. and M.A. in creative writing working on a Master’s of Fine Arts in the field. Over 100,000 copies of her five novels have been downloaded from Amazon. Click on “Blog” above to read Ann’s popular memoir stories about growing up on a sailboat in Florida. She teaches writing at Grand Canyon University. She is published in Good Old Boat Magazine, Great Ocean Quarterly, The Evangelist, River & South Review, and Harmony Magazine.

Lyn Vandebrake

Lyn Vandebrake

Featured Travel Writer Lyn Vandebrake will teach Tax Deduct Your Way Through Your Next Great Adventure – which is an upbeat, fun, fun, fun class with practical suggestions, safety tips, how-to and a surprise give-away. Lyn will also cover tax information for doing this legitimately and legally. Lyn will be available for private consultations @ $25 per 30 minutes.. More info on Lyn HERE at Lyn’s articles have appeared in Homelife, Living the Country Life, Focus on the Family, Positive Living, Mountain Living, Family Digest, The Summit, Alive, and other publications.

Gail Kittleson

Gail Kittleson

Gail taught college expository writing and facilitates writing workshops. Her memoir, Catching Up With Daylight, released in 2013 and her debut women’s WWII novel, In This Together, launched in 2015. In Times Like These, the first in Women of the Heartland series, released in April, 2016. The sequel, With Each New Dawn, debuted February, 2017. Gail delights in quotes, creating characters, and the quirks of grammar. Find Gail HERE at

Here’s what’s included

  • Two nights in cozy retreat house overlooking the serene forestry of Pine, Arizona.
  • Eight Optional Writing Classes Free private 20-minute consultations with Ann or Gail.
  • Hearty, healthy, home-cooked meals that don’t skimp on quantity or quality: Friday dinner, 3 Saturday meals, Sunday breakfast.
  • Snacks, fresh fruit, bottled water, hot & cold beverages available all the time
  • Shared bedrooms with single beds.  [For those who prefer private rooms, B & Bs are available nearby in Pine or hotels in Payson. The cost for the weekend remains the same whether you opt to sleep on or off site.]
  • Wi-Fi
  • [Therapeutic massages available at extra fee.]




2-5 p.m. Arrive any time after 2 p.m. and enjoy quiet writing time. (Silence in Meeting Room Please!)

5 p.m. Dinner – Official Opening of Writers’ Weekend

Pot Roast/Salmon, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies, Rolls, Salad

6 p.m. Get Acquainted Session (Meeting Room)

7 p.m. The Plot Skeleton (Meeting Room)

8 p.m. Gifts! (Meeting Room)


8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast (hot & cold cereal, yogurts, boiled eggs, muffins/pastry, sausage, fruit)

9-10:15 a.m.

Memoir~Making Meaning of the Past (Meeting Room)             or                   Fiction~Show vs. Tell (Living Room)

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Memoir~Going Deeper (Meeting Room)                                   or                   Fiction~Setting & Dialogue (Living Room)

Noon  Lunch: spinach wrap w/hummus, turkey, tomatoes, cucumber, and provolone cheese, chips and fruit

1-5 p.m. Writing Time (Meeting Room—Silence!) ~ Ann & Gail available for Walk & Talks

1-2 p.m. Travel Writing Class (Living Room)

5 p.m. Dinner: tacos, chicken enchiladas, Mexican quinoa black bean salad

6 p.m. Publishing Panel w/ Ann & Gail

7:30 p.m. Playing With Words & Pictures ~ Whether we write fiction or non-fiction, THEME is essential. Sometimes, though, our theme can be evasive. This fun hands-on activity may bring some surprises!



7:30 a.m. Devotional in chapel for those who would like to participate.

8:00 a.m. Full Breakfast (bacon & eggs, fried potatoes, toast, etc.)

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Showing in Memoir (Meeting Room)              or              Characterization in Fiction (Living Room)

10-11:30 a.m. Our Words in Daylight


COST: (First come, first served!) Lodging, meals, and classes are included in the price. Your cost is $315.

PAYMENT AND POLICIES:Registration closed Dec. 15, 2017, HOWEVER, we have a few spots up for grabs! Contact Ann at to ensure there is space available.

Full payment due upon booking. Once you have paid, no refunds will be issued for cancelling unless we can find someone to take your spot from the wait list, and if so, you will get a full refund less the $50 cancellation fee (no guarantee we will be able to fill your spot). Maximum 20 attendees, so book now!

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