Weekend Writing Retreat in San Diego

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Event Phone: (323) 201-1601

Spend a weekend near the beach getting words on the page and learning to write better scenes. Writers of all genres welcome, but we will focus on writing better scenes for fiction and memoir writers.

The retreat takes place at a private residence in Carlsbad, CA, a beautiful beachside town in North County San Diego. You can book a nearby hotel for the weekend (see the link, below).

  • Get words on the page
  • Learn to write better scenes through writing exercises
  • Learn the biggest mistakes I see in manuscripts
  • Make new writing friends
  • Get personal feedback on a scene or short story, up to 10 pages that you submit in advance
  • Personal attention – limited to 8 attendees


Dates: September 13-15, 2019

Friday 9/13/19 – Evening Reception, 5:30 pm

  • Reception from 5:30 – 7:30pm (Optional)
  • Location TBA in Carlsbad, CA
  • I’ve made the reception optional in case you don’t want to arrive on a Friday.

Saturday 9/14/19 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm:  Get words on the page through writing exercises designed to improve your scene work
  • 12:30 pm – 01:30 pm: Lunch Break (lunch is not provided but there are lots of local options or you can bring a lunch)
  • 01:30 pm – 04:00 pm: The Elements of a Scene Lecture, Exercises, & Discussion

Sunday 9/15/19 – 10:00 am – 3:30pm

  • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm: Get live feedback on a scene or short story you submit.
  • 12:30 pm – 01:30 pm: Lunch Break (lunch is not provided but there are lots of local options or you can bring a lunch)
  • 01:30 pm – 02:30 pm: Writing Exercises – Get words on the page!
  • 02:30 pm – 03:30 pm: The Biggest Mistakes In Manuscripts

Local Information

To find out what’s happening this weekend and to find hotels nearby, visit: https://visitcarlsbad.com/events/. Carlsbad offers a variety of hotels and rates. Carlsbad has easy train access to many locations in San Diego including Downtown San Diego.

Workshop Leader

  • Nicole Criona
    Nicole Criona is the owner of Los Angeles Writers Group and specializes in helping writers finish the first draft of their fiction and nonfiction book or screenplay. She has been running writing workshops since 2003 and has helped more than 35 clients complete drafts of fiction and nonfiction books.


Venue Phone: (323) 201-1601

6744 Camino Del Prado, Carlsbad, California, 92011, United States


To keep the costs of our workshops affordable, we run them out of private residences. This meeting space is in Carlsbad, CA, located near Poinsettia Park and the cross streets Paseo Del Norte & Camino De Las Ondas. Image coming soon!

Details Price Qty
September 13 - 15 $295.00 (USD)  

  • Retreat, September 2019
    August 24, 2019
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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