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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.

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Robert Vaughan's Write On The Beach Writers' Retreat
January 7-March 3, 2007.
Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA
Enjoy a beach, a house, great food, stimulating company, and an opportunity to work with one of America's most prolific authors. The eight, week-long workshops are each limited to three writers. You will have a private room, private bath, all meals furnished, and the opportunity for in-depth consultation on your work in progress. A beach vacation alone would cost you more. But here you will enjoy the ambience of other writers, interesting conversations around the meal table, and productive brainstorming sessions from Robert Vaughan's forty years of experience as an award-winning and best-selling author. All-inclusive cost: $1,000.

Yellowstone Nature Writers’ Field Conference
January 28–February 3, 2007.
Yellowstone National Park, USA
This 5-day workshop seeks literary inspiration through park exploration and expert guidance from accomplished writers and publishers. Cost for the conference is $1,629.00 per person double occupancy, $1,857.00 single occupancy, plus tax. Price includes all conference sessions, five nights of lodging at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and one night at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge along with breakfasts during the conference, field lunches where applicable, 2 group dinners, in-park transportation, and Snow Card discount card, good toward discounts on tours, activities, gifts, and food.

Donna Hanelin's Creative Writing in Oaxaca
February 17-25, 2007.
Oaxaca, Mexico
Beginning and experienced writers of fiction, poetry, memoir, personal writing and essay are invited to join this eight-night workshop-retreat conducted by writing instructor Donna Hanelin at Casa Sagrada in Teotitlan del Valle, 15 miles east of the city of Oaxaca. The group is limited to 12-15 participants with an active interest in writing. The schedule includes morning writing practice, classes, and private consultations as well as evening readings and discussions. All activities are optional in order to respect the varying needs and interests of participants. Class topics are determined by a pre-retreat questionnaire.

Intensive Writing Workshop with Robert Stone
February 25-March 02, 2007.
Key West, Florida, USA
In this intensive five-day workshop we will work on critiquing and revising your work to bring it to a more complete and polished form. We will read each other’s work in advance, and spend the mornings in critical discussions. It is not unusual for a work to be heavily revised as a result of workshop discussions. There are no limitations as to genre or subject matter. Prerequisites: Submit up to 20 pages of a work in progress. Tuition: $750.00

Soul of Travel Writing Workshop
March 8–15, 2007.
Rancho Encantado, Yucatán, Mexico
During this week-long retreat we will go to remote Maya archeological sites, cook with Maya people, swim, go kayaking, get a massage, take a boat trip, enjoy breakfast and a three-course candlelight gourmet dinner each day, explore the remote tropical lagoon where the resort is located, and learn to transform all these experiences into travel articles and travel stories. The best story will be published in Spirituality & Health. No experience in writing or photography necessary. Space is limited to 26, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All costs are included, except airfare to Cancún. The resort is three and one half hours from Cancún, and transportation from the airport is provided. Price per person is $1,895.($100 discount for booking before December 15.)

Limnisa Center For Creative Writing Workshops: Writing For Children 
March 31–April 7, 2007.
Methana, Greece (2 hours by ferry from Athens)
The course is designed to be helpful, no matter what stage you are at. You are welcome to bring your own project, either as an idea or as a work in progress, or come with an open mind and gain new inspiration. The lectures and assignments are designed to help you make progress towards your own writing goals. The cost includes tuition fees; accommodation in air conditioned room in apartement or in seaside cabin; full board: breakfast, buffet - lunch, evening meal with wine; use of Limnisa facilities: secluded beach, use of snorkle equipment, bikes, surfboards, Internetpoint, books and music; excursions to Methana baths and volcano; traditional Greek Meal in local seaside taverna. Prices per person, single occupancy:
Writing for children Workshops
Room in Apartement - £460/€670
Seaside Cabin - £410/€600
Writer's Retreat
Room in Apartment - £325/€475
Seaside Cabin - £275/€400

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Tony Hillerman Writers Conference: Focus On Mystery
November 2-5, 2006.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers This conference promises to be an exciting weekend with Tony Hillerman and other top mystery writers and experts. There are many programs, workshops, and break-out sessions to choose from. Registration Fee: $435.00; Program and workshop fees vary depending on your choices; Lodging at the Hyatt Regency: $99.00/night; Lodging at the near-by Double Tree Hotel: $99.00/night

St. George Island Writers' Retreat for Women: Polishing Works In Progress
November 6-10, 2006.
St. George Island, Florida, USA
Fiction Among Friends! The St. George Island Writers' Retreat for Women is designed to inspire creativity and foster personal growth. It offers the unique opportunity to work alongside published authors in a nurturing environment. The retreat is limited to nine resident participants and four non-resident commuter participants. For resident participants, the $750 per person, a fee that covers workshops, conferencing, lodging, snacks, beverages and all meals. Cost of any offsite meals and entertainment will be the guest's responsibility. For non-resident participants, $550 covers participation in all activities and meals at the retreat, but will not include lodging.

The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
November 10-13, 2006.
The Round House, 68 Van Nuys Road, Colrain, Massachusetts
The workshops of this conference provide intensive focus on manuscript preparation (ordering, revising, and swapping out poems), and then poets meet one-on-one with the decision-makers: poetry press editors from several established area presses. Prior to the conference, and following registration, poets will be given pre-conference assignments. Following successful application, the registration fee for the conference is $695 until October 23. This includes the conference fee, workshop tuition, and materials; lodging for four nights; and three meals per day plus snacks and beverages.

PenDancer Alliance: 2006 Winter Writers Workshop
November 18, 2006.
Pekin Public Library, 301 S. Fourth Street Pekin, IL 61554
Writers will learn and perfect their writing skill, under the tutelage of acknowledged experts. The full-day's workshop is $30 and includes two meals.

Algonkian Novel Workshop
December 6-10, 2006.
Algonkian Park, Virginia, USA
During 45+ hours of actual workshop time, students will engage in those rigorous narrative and complication/plot exercises necessary to produce a publishable manuscript. The three areas of emphasis will be premise, platform, and execution. The cost is $825.00 and that includes tuition, a private cottage room for five nights, breakfast, lunch, the Algonkian Workshop book, "Immersed in The Art of Fiction," and a professional manuscript consultation.

Creativity Workshop: Writing, Drawing, Story Telling, and Personal Memoir
December 8-11, 2006.
New York, New York, USA
The Creativity Workshop is dedicated to teaching people about their creativity and how to use it in all aspects of life, work, and creative expression. In a non-competitive, nurturing atmosphere, the Creativity Workshop course helps participants develop creative skills, expanded sense perception, concept innovation and problem solving, increased inspiration and brainstorming, and new ways of looking at life as exciting and transformative. Workshop fee: $750.00

Finding Your Voice In Writing With Crysse Morrison
January 7-21, 2007.
Los Parronales, Santiago, Chile
This is a course for all writers, including beginners and those with work in progress, with a focus on discovering and developing personal style, and on writing from both imagination and experience. This workshop promises to help you become more flexible at shifting away from self-critical blocks and at accessing the intuitive creative right side of the brain. Rates range from Cdn$100-120/£65-75 per day and include full board and workshop, airport pickup and drop-off, meals, and more. Please contact Los Parronales co-ordinator Susan Siddeley for more details, information package, and registration forms.

Circle of Writers in Costa Rica
January 19-26, 2007.
Samasati Nature Retreat, Costa Rica
Explore, discover, and become an active writer during this week of creative writing and outdoor adventure. The focus is on writing with nature and our own lives, in a spectacular rainforest/beach reserve. Participants will write 2-3 times each day and participate in a variety of outdoor adventures, including a rainforest hike, snorkelling or horseback riding at Cahuita National Park, a canopy tour or sea and river kayaking, and a waterfall trek. These excursions will give you plenty to write about! Non-refundable registration deposit: $100 Private bungalow with private bath, double $1495 or guesthouse with shared bath, single $1295: Includes accommodations, three vegetarian meals daily, coffee/tea, all writing instruction, all group excursions and activities, use of retreat facilities, van transportation to/from Samasati.

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