Writers’ Weekend

For Fiction and Memoir Writers

October 5-7, 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! Friday and Saturday afternoons are for writing or taking refreshing walks. Deer, elk, javalina, and squirrels are regularly spotted in the back yard. Discuss writing around the  dinner table. In the evenings, laugh and join fellow writers in activities to fuel your creativity and sense of community. Let the retreat center hosts, Candy and Jim, pamper you with delicious food and warm conversation. Check out the Writers’ Weekend venue here.

Join Authors/Writing Coaches

Ann Lee Miler

Ann Lee Miler

Ann is a Phoenix author with a B.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing. 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 and has taught at Wilkes University and Scottsdale Community College. She is published in Good Old Boat Magazine, Great Ocean Quarterly, The Evangelist, and River & South Review.

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. Gail is an adult ed creative writing instructor at Iowa State University and teaches at many venues in the midwest and Arizona. She has also taught at North Iowa Area Community College and Eastern Oregon University. Find Gail HERE at GailKittleson.com.

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.]

I now believe I can finish my book and connect all the pieces of the puzzle.

John Blair

Fiction Writer

I learned how to “show” by incorporating the senses. I was also inspired to write more and not give up.

Sandi VanLieu

English Professor

Writers’ Weekend gave me encouragement. wisdom, and perspective in every class.

Angela Ivey

Fiction Writer



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

6 p.m.-7 p.m. Get Acquainted Session (Meeting Room)

7-9 p.m. Creative Fun!



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

9-10:15 a.m.

Choose: Memoir or  Fiction Class

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Choose Memoir or Fiction Class

Noon  Lunch

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

5 p.m. Dinner

6 p.m.-8 p.m. More Fun!



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

8:00 a.m. Full Breakfast

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Choose Memoir  or  Fiction Class

10-11:30 a.m. Sharing Snippets of What We’ve Written


COST: (First come, first served!) Lodging, meals, and classes are included in the price. Your cost is $299. After July 15, $320.

PAYMENT AND POLICIES:Registration closes  Aug. 15, 2018. Contact Ann at [email protected] to grab a spot.

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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