Northern California Writers' Retreat, Session 2

Logo for Northern California Writers' Retreat with poppies and mountains

Writing can be a very solitary process. That’s why we created Northern California Writers’ Retreat.


Each retreat, we gather 18 writers, 2 Guest Literary Agents, 1 Author-in-Residence, and 1 Independent Editor at our Northern California sanctuary to write, workshop, relax, and connect with like-minded writers.

By the time you leave, you will have had peace and quiet to make forward progress in your writing, learned more about navigating the publishing industry, and become a part of a vibrant community of promising fiction writers with serious publishing ambitions.

We designed this writing retreat to show aspiring authors (and those who’ve published) the inside of the industry. By bringing together an Author-in-Residence who has published at least one novel, two well-established Guest Literary Agents, and an Editor with experience at several big publishing houses, writers get the trifecta of perspectives and can better understand how the publishing industry works—and how to set themselves and their work apart.

Alongside ample time to focus on their writing and inspiring experiences, writers will walk away with a better understanding of their craft and the publishing business.


Come join us for:

  • Workshops lead by Literary Agents and an Editor
  • Dedicated writing time
  • Talks on publishing over lunch
  • Connection with other writers during breakfast and dinner--and throughout!
  • Insights on the publishing industry
  • A community of writers with similar goals
  • Live piano music
  • Yoga
  • Massage

poppiesYou can visit our website to learn more, and find us on Submittable to apply! Hope to see your name in our inbox!

Thanks so much for your interest!

Happy writing,

Heather Lazare, founder + director


NCWR Lodge



Retreat Information

Retreat Date 03-26-2025
Retreat End Date 03-30-2025
Retreat Fee $2,797, plus $20 application fee
Created By Heather Lazare
Retreat Contact Person Heather Lazare
Retreat Contact Information
Location Carmel Valley, California
Genres and Categories Fiction, BIPOC, Creative Writing, LGBTQ+, Mystery, Novels, Scholarships, Short Stories, Thriller/Suspense, Workshops

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