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ach issue, IN will be updating listings to include the writing events that mean the most in both national and international writers' communities. The following listings are posted in chronological order by date.

Post your events, free!, and let others know about happenings that you feel are worthwhile for writers to attend. To list your event, please use the form found at the bottom of this page.

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Fifth House Lodge - Personal Writing Retreats
Year round.
Bridgton, Maine, USA.
A personalized writing retreat affords you the opportunity to focus on your particular creative needs with guidance and support. In the nurturing environment of Fifth House Lodge you honor your own creative process as you write, reflect and write some more through interactive work.
$80: overnight stay without meals includes accommodations in a private room with desk, private bath and use of the kitchen for preparing your own food. There are restaurants and grocery stores nearby.
$60 per hour for private coaching.

The Writers' Retreat
Year round.
Oliver, British Columbia, Canada. 
A residential retreat where all you need is your burning desire to  write. While writing demands solitude and focus, that need not mean isolation and  deprivation. Our sole purpose is to provide an ambience conducive to creativity and to assist writers in reaching their goal.

Clarity Works - Fealess Writer Retreats
March 2-9, 2008.
Seabrook Island, South Carolina, USA.
In a safe supportive environment amid natural beauty, a fearless writing retreat combines group writing with solitude for individual writing and social interaction with silence.
$1639, includes a private room with bath for 7 nights, all meals, the program and an individual conference with Peggy. Water-side rooms are assigned in the order of registration.

Journey from the Center to the Page - Yoga as Muse
March 10-15, 2008.
Taos, New Mexico, USA. 
Experience yoga as your muse with author and yogi  Jeff Davis. Six days and five nights of workshop and retreat, solitude and conviviality at the magical  Mabel Dodge Luhan House, where you can visit with the ghosts of D. H. Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, and the like.
Fee if registered before January 1: $925.00
Fee after January 1: $975.00.

Creative Writer's Workshop - Writer's Retreat in the heart of The Burren
March 27-30, 2008.
Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland.
Simple and fun right brain exercises which draw upon your imagination as you learn the principles of story and express your creativity through writing fiction, personal memoir and poetry. The workshop focuses on characterisation, POV, Theme, Plot, Setting and Structure.

World Horror Convention
March 27-30, 2008.
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Popular horror genre athors; art show; film festival; annual gross-out contest; charity auction; more.

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Key West Travel Writing Workshop
February 1-3, 2008.
Key West, Florida, USA.
Enhance your writing skills and publication opportunities under the expert guidance of travel author/editor Robert Haru Fisher, former editor-in-chief of the Fodor Travel Guides. Limited to 15 participants, the workshop venue is the Frost Conference Room of the Heritage House Museum in historic Old Town Key West, close to hotels, restaurants and area attractions.

Writers Studio at UCLA Extension
February 7-10, 2008.
Los Angele, Californi, USA.
Participants choose one of 10 workshops in which they work closely with a professional writer in classes limited to no more than 20. Writers Studio is presented by the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, the largest curriculum of its kind in the country (over 550 courses annually).

Puerto Vallarta Writers Group
February 8-10, 2008.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 
An informative and fun-filled weekend of learning, the Third Annual Puerto Vallarta Writers Weekend Workshop.
Registration fee includes a wine and cheese reception, a no-host cocktail reception at a beach-side restaurant, and much more.

San Francisco Writers Conference
February 15-17, 2008.
San Francisco, CA, USA.
Bestselling authors, respected literary agents and top editors from major publishing houses--nearly 100 of them!--will gather to share their experience with just 300 attendees at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. 

San Miguel Conference & Workshops 
February 22-24, 2008.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Learn how to write your memoir, take a basic novel writing workshop, attend poetry readings, study travel writing and more all through San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Workshops. Celebrated authors, agents, editors and publishers from around the world join San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Workshops to provide inspiring classes and entertaining lectures.

Whidbey Island Writers Conference 
February 29 to March 2, 2008.
Whidbey Island, Washington, USA.
Savor the opportunity to hear from acclaimed, award-winning authors, poets, and scriptwriters. Travel in your imagination, laugh with comedy writers, connect with other aspiring writers. Whatever format you choose, you benefit from the knowledge and experience of exceptional instructors, agents, and editors representing a variety of genres: fiction, non-fiction, children's books, playwriting and poetry. Focus on developing skills in the genre of your choice or delve into the diversity offered.
$375-395 includes luncheons & Saturday night reception. Volunteer, early bird, and membership discounts available.

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To getting paid for it
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That lets our words lift us beyond.

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