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I'm so excited to offer my first weekend novels-in-verse writing workshop. This boot camp is designed for seasoned poets specializing in books for middle grade and young adult readers, who are looking to bridge their skills as poets and storytellers to create their first novel-in-verse.
This nuts-and-bolts intensive, touching on Story, Character, Voice, and Dialogue, will include craft talks, writing exercises, and one-on-one consults designed to lead each attendee to complete a suite of poems that can serve as a skeleton for a possible novel-in-verse project. (Now you see why I'm calling this a boot camp!)
It will be held at a beautiful mountain retreat in Julian, CA, 1.3 miles from town. Our hosts, Gregg Parker, an environmental scientist, and Maril Parker, an architectural designer, love music, community, and the outdoors. In fact, outdoor recreation is their specialty. Both are well versed in the local culture, natural history, and the unique treasures this one-time gold rush town, a California Historical Landmark, has to offer.
While we will all be about some serious business, each day's schedule will leave time for exploring some of Julian's amazing hiking trails, or visiting the old town of Julian, itself—and possibly shopping for some of their famous apple pie! There will also be readings in the evenings and, if we're lucky, a violin solo by Maril. (I love to out her for her talent!)
 
DETAILS    
Workshop Size:   10 people only, first come, first served
Date:   May 12-15, 2016
Place:   Julian, California
Price:  

$890-$950 (depending upon your room.)
Those staying in one of 3 double-occupancy rooms will pay $950.  Those staying in the room sleeping four in double bunk beds will pay $890.  rooms have a shared shower. Both prices include tuition, room, and board, but not airfare.

Deposit:   Due upon registration: $200
    Remainder of payment is due by February 16, 2016.
Cancellation Policy:   Deposit refund will be given up until February 15, 2016 (minus $50 processing fee.)
    After February 16, 2016, payment is non-refundable.
Travel:   Make your airline reservation to fly into San Diego International Airport to arrive on the afternoon of Thursday, May 12, 2016.  For those choosing to drive, directions will be made available closer to the event. For everyone else, a van will be arranged to drive boot camp attendees to Julian, a 1-hour, 30-minute drive from the airport.
Meals:   Three meals a day will be served. Vegetarian options available.
Questions?   E-mail nikki@nikkigrimes.com
     
Payments   Make checks payable to Nikki Grimes, and mail to the following:
     
    Nikki Grimes
1191 Magnolia Avenue Ste. D
Corona, CA  92879
     
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES    
    Absolutely no smoking on this property. 
Julian is an area of high fire danger.
Wi-Fi:   Available
DVD/VHS Player:   Available with screen
Mountain Bikes:   Available with release form
Hiking Trails:   A-plenty
Schedule:   Details will be provided, including pre-workshop reading and prep, to registrants following final payment.
 
 
     
 
 
 
     

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