You’re Invited~~a Laguna Beach, California Workshop

13 May 2013

Here’s an opportunity to consider~~ or to share with someone you know who might be interested~

Writers’ Weekend in Laguna Beach

Narrative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29, 2013

 Originally settled as an artists’ colony in the 1920s, Laguna Beach is an enticing Southern California town known for its rocky scalloped coastline, stunning views and many art festivals. The mild weather and refreshing sea breezes draw many to this charming beach town.

Mature tropical foliage, small hotels and shops surround Main Beach, and coves protect the other public beaches hidden along the Pacific Coast Highway. Find them via the numerous stairways to  clean,  guarded beaches, and environmentally protected waters.

The focus of the workshop is first-person narration—food, memoir and travel writing. Learn about the narrator’s voice and role, how to structure and organize memories, key revision techniques. Friday evening we meet for orientation and focus, Saturday for instruction, writing and sharing, Sunday morning until noon to share again and wrap up. Kathryn will work with you individually via email before and after the workshop to plan and refine your writing goals. The workshop is beneficial for both emerging and experienced writers looking for solid instruction and useful tips.

The workshop site, Arabella Laguna, is a hidden Laguna Beach treasure. Six guest cottages, set in an English-style garden, are available for those wishing to stay on site. Visit Arabella Laguna online to view the rooms (all are available except the Jacaranda Cottage). Cottages need to be reserved through Kathryn.

Workshop enrollment is limited to ten writers. Depending on the cottage you choose, rates range from $761 to $862 for the two-night stay and all workshop features. Five cottages have one queen or king bed; one has two bedrooms. The non-resident rate of $386 includes the same workshop features: instruction,  light breakfast two mornings, Saturday lunch, all instruction. An optional Saturday night dinner has been arranged at Las Brisas, where you will enjoy a stunning view of the crashing Pacific, within walking distance of the cottages (not included).

Laguna’s Heisler Park  Get your exercise, early or late in the day, at the spectacular Heisler Park, situated along a bluff above the ocean, only a few minutes away from the workshop site. It’s an amazing place to walk—full of tropical gardens, public art, hummingbirds, cotton tails rabbits, plein-air artists and more. It’s about a mile from Diver’s Cove at the north end to Las Brises restaurant, the Laguna Art Museum and Main Beach on the south. Stairs lead down to the beach in many areas where you’ll find tide pools to explore.

Enroll early to assure your place and get the cottage you want.
Sign-ups, accepted on a first-received basis, will close August 1.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Kathryn HERE  for more workshop information and for enrollment details. 

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~the art in the heart is a (more or less) weekly blog meant as follow up encouragement and inspiration for those who have attended my workshops—and anyone else. My focus is on narrative essay writing—travel, food or memoir.
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