writing retreats

whatever your goals, WE'll help you get there.


National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold will teach you how to see your work in progress, identify key elements of its structure, and refine your work to make it sing.


martha brockenbrough | photo by emerald england

martha brockenbrough | photo by emerald england

Imagine this: You and a small group of writers together for a weekend on the Washington Coast, eating delicious food prepared just for you in a luxurious home a pleasant walk from Pacific Beach.

You'll spend time writing, time learning, time walking on the shore, riding bikes on trails of crushed oyster shells, or soaking your bones in a hot tub.

Nothing to Novel retreats is your opportunity for personalized instruction from master writers in an unparalleled location. 

Your host, Martha Brockenbrough, is an award-winning author of eight books for young readers (and two nonfiction titles for adults). Her work ranges from picture books to middle grade and young adult nonfiction, as well as young adult fiction. Her own writing has been transformed by taking writing retreats, and she's excited to bring what she's learned to people who are serious about improving their craft. She is on the faculty of the Writing for Children & Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

The retreat home is also available for critique groups who want a beautiful place to travel together, and can be rented privately or with Nothing to Novel faculty. Contact Martha for more information. Explore a 3-D video to see the whole space.

To rent the home and carriage house privately for your group, click here.

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march 16-18, 2017

level up: transform your writing self

This retreat is sold out. 


april 20-22

what revision is made of

Join National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold in a weekend that will transform how you see and revise your work. 

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establish your professional presence

Need a website? A social media presence? Help making the sorts of images that will make you and your work stand out? This retreat is for you. Three days and two nights, including food.

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