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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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Karen Docter: Online 'W' Plotting Workshops
February 1-29, 2007.
On the Internet
Students join group list (four weeks only) to receive lectures via email three times weekly. Lectures examine the 'W' plotting technique through analysis of popular movies and exercises applied to personal projects & Q&A forum.
Fee $20/4-week workshop

Santa Barbara Writers Poetry Conference
March 16-18, 2007.
Montecito, California, USA
Experience a weekend of poetry in the Santa Barbara foothills with national Poet Laureate Ted Kooser! A lovely retreat center in the foothills of Santa Barbara is the setting for this special weekend March 16-18, 2007, during which Kooser will present the keynote address and a Master Class workshop on the theme, “Finding Poetry in the Everyday.”
Discounted rate starting at $159 a night. To get it, phone (805) 969-3266 and ask for Luciano.

The Lost Art of Personal Writing at LaPosada
March 25–28, 2007.
Winslow, Arizona, USA
This workshop is designed to awaken or re-awaken the writer in you. You will focus on putting pen to paper, taking time to pause, reflect, and reach inside to find your unique creative spirit. Daily sessions consisting of guided exercises, readings, and discussion will explore the writing process from journals to letters, memoir to poetry, essay to fiction. The small workshop size allows time for personal support and attention.
Fee $350 includes evening meal, lodging $89/night.

The Writing Salon - Cooking Up A Storm On Rue Tatin
April 1-6, 2007.
Rue Tatin, Louviers, France
This salon offers a unique opportunity to explore the fascinating relationship between cooking, writing, and creativity. When you leave On Rue Tatin you'll take with you a passion to cook for yourself, a newly energized confidence in your writing, and a stronger creative identity.
Fee €2300 - Does not include lodging.

Jan Henley Creative Writing Workshops - Writing Fiction: Characters, Place and Theme
April 7-14, 2007.
Amandola, Italy
Jan will lead the workshops, with the group restricted to 12 to enable individual attention. Spend Easter in Italy with the opportunity to develop your writing skills in an inspirational setting.
Fee £490 inclusive of writing course, and half-board in single rooms E/S.

Grand Hotel des Bains Creative Writing Workshop
April 22-28, 2007.
Brittany, France
This five day writing workshop is aimed at those who love literature and perhaps used to write, or would like to write and need confidence building within a relaxed but structured environment.
Rates from €1,027/6 nights includes shared lodging, most meals.

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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.

Writing Screenplays That Sell
February 24, 2007.
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St.,Madison, WI, USA
Learn how to write a screenplay that grabs producers, agents, and actors — from a writer/teacher who’s helped many writers turn their scripts around for good "reads" in Hollywood. Beginners find this workshop an excellent launching point; experienced writers frustrated by "passes" also find it a must. Includes Top 10 Don’t-Go-There Mistakes and Page One/First Five Pages tests.
Fee: $125, includes a critique of your first 10 pages; other critiques available for additional fee.

Children's Book Writing - From Picture Books to Middle Grade Novels
February 26, 2007 thru March 2, 2007.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Workshop exercises focus on the two key aspects of becoming a successful children's writer: 1) The creative process, which involves delving deeply into our emotions, hopes, dreams and disappointments 2) The children’s publishing business, and understanding how to package and sell a book idea to a publisher (Info about self -publishing is also covered on request.)
Option A: $595 (US) includes daily writing classes and a private writing critique. Students wishing to participate in the additional activities may do so for an added fee. A $300 deposit is due at the time of registration.
Option B: $1,595 (US) includes accommodations at one of the many private haciendas, houses or villas in San Miguel de Allende, transportation from and to the Leon airport, daily writing classes, a private writing critique with your instructor, morning yoga classes, a spa treatment, a night out salsa dancing and an historical walking tour. A $500 deposit is required at the time of registration. Space is limited. [scroll down the page]

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

Whidbey Island Writers Conference
March 2-4, 2007.
South Whidbey Island, Washington, USA
On Whidbey, you'll develop your writing, stimulate your thinking and network with peers and professionals. Hosted by a small island community, this conference gives visiting writers a taste of both the public and personal life on Whidbey. The Author Fireside Chats have become an art form in themselves where you'll mingle with best-selling authors, agents and editors over coffee and cookies in the privacy of stunning island homes. Among breathtaking views of seascapes, craggy mountains or forests, you'll learn about point of view and other elements of writing. We're small, we're intimate, and we're immersed in the island community – that alone brings out the muse.

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.)

The Women We Are: Memoir as Gift
March 9-16, 2007.
Cortona, Italy
This writing workshop encourages participants to call back memorable moments through scenes, conversations, photographs, totems, senses, and dreams. Through a combination of short readings and guided writing exercises, Mary Donnarumma Sharnick will lead group members from their ideas to focused written expression so that by week’s end, each participant will have a "gift of memory" to pass on. Prices vary depending on options. See website for details. racterhomepage.html

The Creative Writer's Workshop
March 17-19, 2007.
Ashford, County Wicklow Ireland
3 days, 2 nights workshop exploring creative writing linked with movement, walking and meditation as you enjoy the magnificent and peaceful surroundings of the Burren and the sacred mountain of Mullaghmore. Throughout this three-day weekend you will discover your unique writing voice as you enjoy gentle stretching exercises that will enhance and evoke the well of creativity and imagination that is within all of us.
Cost: €425 euros

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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