Five-Day Ojai Writing Retreat with Alan Watt
October 12-16, 2020
“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 step out of your own private cottage with all of the modern amenities, and walk the paths lined with lavender and jasmine up to the main house for your late morning story structure workshop. The afternoon is open for you to write, wander the grounds, and lose yourself in your imagination before meeting up for supper — 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, then settle into the main house for our nightly salon to share your work.
“The 5-Day Ojai Writing Retreat is an all-inclusive experience, a writer’s dream. The venue is serene, the food is delicious, and Alan Watt’s workshops are thought-provoking and inspiring. I especially loved having time to write without any worries or distractions. I came away feeling an integral part of a writers’ tribe.”
- Karin Cutler
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 – Lunch
2 - 6 PM – Personal writing time/free time
6 – 7 PM – Supper
7 – 8 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. 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.
“The Ojai retreat offers several experiences in one—productive, recharging, and inspiring. It’s a joy to be with Al Watt and amazing fellow writers, and, like a brilliant casting director, Al puts you with exactly the right group of people. The scenery and food are icing on an already-perfect cake. Highly recommended!”
- Martin Blank
Early Bird Registration through June 30, 2020
Single Accommodation: $1,600
Shared Accommodation: $2,500 (for one writer)
Shared Accommodation: $2,700 (for two writers)
Regular Price through Sept. 14, 2020
Single Accommodation: $1,800
Shared Accommodation: $2,700 (for one writer)
Shared Accommodation: $2,900 (for two writers)
Late Registrationstarting Sept. 15, 2020 (based on availability)
Single Accommodation: $2,000
Shared Accommodation: $2,900 (for one writer)
Shared Accommodation: $3.100 (for two writers)
This is an all-inclusive retreat. Payment includes your own private room, three locally sourced organic meals a day, California wines,
daily workshops and free parking. If you wish to book a private consultation with Alan, it is $250/hour and must be booked ahead of time.