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Virtual Writing Retreat
Intensive Poetry & Flash Workshop

Ella Peary is leading a five day virtual writing workshop, with daily Zoom meetings, so you can hone your craft in a supportive group workshop.

  • Five days of two-hour workshops, with instructor-led discussions designed to empower authors to develop their craft in a supportive, collaborative setting.

  • Two rounds of personal, written, feedback from Ella Peary on two poems or flashes.

  • Collaborative feedback from fellow students during the live workshop sessions.

  • Daily in-class exercises to develop your craft and spark seeds for new writing.

  • A personal list of publishers who may be interested in your writing, provided by Ella Peary.

  • Access to live office hours, available exclusively to students of Authors Publish, after the course is finished.

  • Full access to our private community of writers, so you can network with your fellow students

Hone Your Craft in a Collaborative Workshop

Join Ella Peary for a Five Day Virtual Writing Retreat

Monday, August 9th to Friday, August 13th — 2 to 4:30pm ET Daily.

The best breakthroughs often happen through a short period of intense study. This is especially true if you have the guidance of an expert who can help you move in the right direction. This five-day workshop is for writers who want to spend a focused week studying the art and craft of writing with a small group of writers dedicated to their craft.

As Mary Oliver says:

“The best thing about workshops is that people learn there that they can change, that they can write better and differently from what they had always thought themselves capable of… It is a great pleasure to see people surpass what they thought was the measure of their ability.”

During this workshop, participants will spend a week focused on learning and growing as writers. You'll participate in dynamic discussions about your own writing, and hone your knowledge of craft by contributing to discussions about others' work. These discussions will offer valuable lessons on writing and editing. You’ll integrate what you learn by completing daily in-class exercises designed to help you generate seeds for new writing.

You will also get two rounds of detailed, written feedback from Ella Peary on your work, including a list of publishers who might be a good fit for your writing.

The workshop includes:

  • Five days of two-hour workshops with a small group of writers
  • Daily writing exercises
  • Personal feedback on your writing from Ella Peary
  • A list of publishers who may be a good fit for your writing
  • Access to live office hours, even after the workshop is complete

Please note, this workshop will be strictly limited to just ten students. No exceptions.

If you are interested in joining us, you are encouraged to enroll right away.

Schedule

This will be a live workshop, with daily meetings held online, via Zoom. The workshop will take place from 2pm to 4:30pm ET each day. The workshop starts on Monday, August 9th and concludes on Friday, August 13th. There will also be a post-workshop class reading on September 2nd at 2:00pm ET.

After the initial workshop, you will have a month to submit your revisions to Ella for an additional round of feedback.

Enroll now.

This workshop is strictly limited to 10 students.
Early bird tuition is available until Monday, July 19th.

Personal Feedback On Your Writing

Every student will receive in-depth personal feedback from Ella Peary, as well as collaborative feedback from your follow students in the workshop. Before the workshop, you will be asked to submit two poems up to 2 pages each, or two flash pieces up to 1,000 words each.

You will get written feedback from Ella on your initial work, in addition to a round of feedback on revisions. You will also be given a list of publishers who may be a good fit for your writing.

Due to the nature of this course, enrollment is strictly limited to ten students.

Praise for Workshops with Ella Peary

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Vali Hawkins-Mitchell

Without reservation, this workshop was the absolute best I’ve ever had the privilege to attend. Ella’s elegant guidance, generous feedback, and gracious wisdom, the creative format, and the quality and diversity of writers attending, has endowed m...

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Without reservation, this workshop was the absolute best I’ve ever had the privilege to attend. Ella’s elegant guidance, generous feedback, and gracious wisdom, the creative format, and the quality and diversity of writers attending, has endowed me with a sustainable inspiration as a writer. I encourage anyone who wants to write to take any opportunity to work with Ella Peary.

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Great course!

Laura Harris

Really enjoyed the leadership of Ella and I loved her perspective on craft. She’s lovely and provides such thoughtful notes. Her edits are amazing and I hope to work with her more in the future.

Really enjoyed the leadership of Ella and I loved her perspective on craft. She’s lovely and provides such thoughtful notes. Her edits are amazing and I hope to work with her more in the future.

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Ella's workshop showed me a completely new way of seeing the world and writing about it.

Lynn Hutchinson Lee

I want to thank Ella so much for this wonderful course. I cannot stress enough that it has been a life-changing experience for me. Flash fiction speaks to me in a way that I cannot yet understand; but what I do know is that it fills me. I appreci...

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I want to thank Ella so much for this wonderful course. I cannot stress enough that it has been a life-changing experience for me. Flash fiction speaks to me in a way that I cannot yet understand; but what I do know is that it fills me. I appreciate Ella's clear guidance in leading me along this path. As well, I valued her help in showing me how to make these stories the best they could be. Editing, finding the flash and eliminating unnecessary material & diversions are still a huge challenge, but I'm launched, and have a much better sense now of ways to proceed.

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Flash Fixes

Suzanne Cottrell

The information, assignments, resources, feedback, journal recommendations, and exchange among the instructor and workshop participants was invaluable. I have grown so much as a writer thanks to Ella Peary and "How to Write Flash Fiction." I hig...

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The information, assignments, resources, feedback, journal recommendations, and exchange among the instructor and workshop participants was invaluable. I have grown so much as a writer thanks to Ella Peary and "How to Write Flash Fiction." I highly recommend this workshop!

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Enlightening Flash Fiction Workshop

June Rogers

Ella Peary is a masterful instructor. I learned so much about the genre of flash fiction from her and find it one of the best avenues now for my fiction writing. Ella's course is clear, concise and provides many options and prompts to try your han...

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Ella Peary is a masterful instructor. I learned so much about the genre of flash fiction from her and find it one of the best avenues now for my fiction writing. Ella's course is clear, concise and provides many options and prompts to try your hand at writing short, powerful pieces. This course has also helped my fiction writing overall, be it short story or poetry. Her "office hours" are also helpful, with live question and answer periods and reviews of stories. I highly recommend this workshop.

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I got published

William Rettig

Before I took this course, I was not even sure I was writing poetry. I knew my poetry was more narrative and less language-based, but that didn't mean that i did not use sharp images and oddly descriptive phrases like other poets did. It was jus...

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Before I took this course, I was not even sure I was writing poetry. I knew my poetry was more narrative and less language-based, but that didn't mean that i did not use sharp images and oddly descriptive phrases like other poets did. It was just that I thought my poems often told a story that seemed understandable and were not encoded in images that needed to be interpreted in order to make sense of the product. But I received positive feedback on my writing and encouragement to continue writing and signals on how to improve my writing. So to make a long story short, two weeks after I had finished the course, I had had two poems accepted by literary magazines. One was going to go online very soon and the other was coming out in a February 2021 issue. I feel my time, energy, and money were used to great advantage in this course, and I would take it again in a heartbeat.

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You win some. You learn some

Rebecca Moore

I have thoroughly enjoyed every workshop I have taken with Authors Publish. Ella is one of the most informative instructors I have had the privilege of studying under. Her patience and kindness in her instruction and critiques are added teaching...

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I have thoroughly enjoyed every workshop I have taken with Authors Publish. Ella is one of the most informative instructors I have had the privilege of studying under. Her patience and kindness in her instruction and critiques are added teaching skills not everyone has in their toolbelts. I have always finished her workshops with insights that benefit and inform all of my writing.

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About Ella Peary

Ella Peary is the pen name of an internationally published author and editor. She was just six years old when she started writing flashes, and she hasn't stopped since. 

After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from Sarah Lawrence College, she lived abroad in a monastery for five years where she served as an editor for Darshan Press and Inword Publishers.

She's edited writing published in The Huffington Post, and a number of full-length manuscripts she's edited have received major international awards, including The Best Graphic Novel of the Year (Comics Finlandia), The Montaigne Medal, and The National India Excellence Awards. 

She's a columnist at Ruminate, and her writing is frequently translated for publication in Ananda, one of Europe's best-selling yoga magazines. 

She is a long-time literary journal reviewer and editor at Authors Publish Magazine. She wrote The Author's Publish Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. 


FAQ

  • What is the course schedule?

    This will be a live course, held via Zoom. It will meet at 2 to 4:30 pm ET daily, starting on Monday August 9th and concluding on Friday, August 13th. There will also be a follow-up "class-reading" on May 6th at 3pm ET.

  • How much writing can I submit for feedback?

    During the workshop, each student will get two rounds of feedback on one of writing piece during the live meetings. This can be either a poem up to 2 pages long, or a flash piece up to 1,000 words. That means, you will get feedback on two poems or flash pieces. Note, you will also get written feedback from Ella, as well as feedback on your revisions after the workshop.

  • Why is the workshop limited to 10 participants?

    Each participant in this course will get individual, in-depth, feedback in a collaborative and supportive environment. To make this possible, and to make sure each student gets the attention they need during the five day workshop, there is only room for ten participants.