Five-Day Ojai Writing Retreat with Alan Watt
October 14 - 18, 2019
“Never be so focused on what you’re looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.”
- Ann Patchett
The Ojai Retreat is a secluded 12-room enclave set on 5 bucolic acres and surrounded by mountains. It’s mid-October, and the weather couldn’t be more perfect. (Is there a word for that breeze that is warm and cool at the same time, so gentle that it feels almost too intimate?) You walk the paths of the retreat through the lavender and jasmine to the main house where supper awaits — a sumptuous, organic vegetarian feast paired with some of the region’s best wines. You greet your fellow writers and raise a glass to one another in praise of another day of productive work.
(a typical day)
6 – 11 AM – Personal writing time/free time
8 – 10 AM – Breakfast
11 AM - 12:30 PM – Story Structure workshop (optional)
12:30 – 1:30 PM – Organic vegetarian lunch
2 - 6 PM – Personal writing time/free time
6 – 7:30 PM – Organic vegetarian supper
7:30 – 10 PM – Salon and Fellowship
ABOUT ALAN WATT
Alan Watt is the author of The 90-Day Novel, Amazon’s #1 book on writing, as well as The 90-Day Rewrite and The 90-Day Screenplay. He also runs the publishing company, The 90-Day Novel Press which has also published The 90-Day Play. Watt has written screenplays for numerous production companies and is the author of the L.A. Times bestselling novel Diamond Dogs (Little, Brown). He has won a number of awards for his writing including France’s Prix Printemps (Best Foreign Novel), the American Library Assoc.’s Alex Award, and Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers. He has been a New York Times New and Noteworthy book recipient and a BookSense pick. He is also the author of the novel, Frontier Hotel (editions du Masque) published in June 2017, as well as being editor of the essay collection, My First Novel, which includes essays from Cheryl Strayed, Rick Moody, Janet Fitch, and others.
He is the writer/director of the 2018 award-winning feature film, Interior Night, which picked up four best feature awards at U.S. film festivals in New York, Breckenridge, Cleveland and Catalina, as well as The Boston Film Festival’s Visionary Award.
Alan Watt first began teaching when he was invited to lecture at a summer creative writing workshop at UCLA in 1998. He has been teaching and lecturing on the creative process in Los Angeles and at colleges around the country ever since.
He founded L.A. Writers’ Lab in 2002 as a place for writers to deepen their craft by learning to marry the rigor of story structure to the freedom of the muse. He has taught everyone from award-winning authors to A-list screenwriters, USC business school students, journalists, poets, actors, professional athletes, war veterans, housewives, doctors, lawyers, maximum security prisoners, television showrunners, Emmy-winning directors, and first-time writers. Many of his students have gone on to successful careers, writing New York Times and International bestsellers, appearing on Oprah, winning major literary awards, becoming top screenwriters and television show-runners, and most importantly, developing a craft and methodology that delivers consistent results. His mantra is that by placing our focus on craft and process the results take care of themselves.
Your fingers tap swiftly at the keyboard. Out the window you see that that cheeky silver hummingbird is back again. She visits on the hour, like you are part of her route, some mysterious appointment on her circadian clock. Is she curious to know how your story will end? Was she a writer in a past life? Or maybe she’s an angel? As the light casts its long shadows across the mountains and Ojai shimmers in its ‘pink moment’ you are struck by an idea that could only have come in the silence.
Join us for five transformative days in Ojai, a small town located 90 minutes north of Los Angeles and known to many as a creative refuge. Write. Meditate. Indulge yourself with a relaxing massage. Buy an antique at the quaint shops in the village. Join your fellow writers and share your work at the informal nightly salon. Step away from the daily clamor to discover the ideas and insights whispering at the edges of your consciousness. Come to Ojai for five unforgettable days of workshops, personal writing, delicious organic food and fellowship.
$1,550 until July 15
($500 non-refundable deposit due at registration, remainder due by Aug. 15)
$1,750 until Sept. 15
($750 non-refundable deposit due at registration, remainder due by Sept. 15)
$1,950 after Sept. 15 (based on availability)
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
SPACE IS LIMITED
“For years I have been fascinated by the industry legend of how Alan Watt wrote his masterful novel, Diamond Dogs, in 90 days. Now, at last, he shares his secrets. The 90-Day Novel is smart, insightful, thorough and wise. It’s also one of the best books on novel writing I have ever seen. I feel confident that anyone who takes this program seriously will have a solid manuscript to show for the effort.”
- David Liss, New York Times bestselling author of A Conspiracy of Paper, Ballantine Books
“I seriously didn’t even think this could be a reality until I took Alan Watt's 90-Day Novel workshop!”
- Aditi Khorana, author of Mirror in the Sky, Razorbill, Penguin Books
“I owe so much to Al Watt and the 90-Day Novel. It was in his workshop where my debut young adult novel, The Education of Margot Sanchez, came to life. He created such a safe and welcoming space that I was able to overcome my fears of failure and write freely."
- Lilliam Rivera, author of The Education of Margot Sanchez, Simon & Schuster
“Al’s 90-Day Novel is the best writing workshop I have ever taken. The supportive nature of the class inspires and motivates you to write every day and to get to the true heart of your story. By the end of the 90th day I had completed my rough draft (300 pages long) and developed a writing ritual that I have adopted for the rest of my life. Thank you Al!”
- Jennifer L. Scott, international best-selling author of Lessons from Madame Chic, Simon & Schuster
“Al Watt is a master teacher with a brilliant, intuitive understanding of story”
- Allen Zadoff, author of The Unknown Assassin Series, Little Brown Books
“For the daunting task of writing my first novel, I needed support and a nice kick in the pants. Al has a great foot! He is a skilled and adventuresome navigator, helping me explore what lies uniquely within my subconscious, which, when prodded with loving hands, knows the truth of my story all along. Al sends out the perfect signals to get you to the end of your novel.”
- Donna Powers, co-screenwriter of The Italian Job