2021 Writing Retreats

Do you dream of uninterrupted days to write in beautiful locations? Do you long to meet, be mentored by, and network with other writers? Are you enamored with flash fiction and want to learn more or refine your work?

Join us! Flash Fiction Retreats with Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman

            COSTA RICA                           FRANCE

Writing in the Blue Zone: Flash Fiction in Playa Negra, Costa Rica

May 8-14, 2021

Registration opens Fall 2020!

Join us for our return to Peace Retreat in Playa Negra, Guanacaste, a short 20-min walk to the Pacific Ocean (and one of the world’s rare black sand beaches) for an immersive experience of discovery, creation, inspiration and building community. You will gain perspective, respite, focus, and the gift of prioritizing yourself and your art.

“Kathy and Nancy’s Writing Wild in Costa Rica was one of the best experiences I have had as a writer. The classes were very informative with a lot of class participation.They provided a safe atmosphere in which to share our work. The venue was beautiful, peaceful and conducive to writing. I felt relaxed and spoiled the entire week and hated to leave. I went away from the retreat confident and inspired.” ~Laura Alexander

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The French Connection: Fast Flash Meets the French Connection

June 5-11, 2021

Registration opens Winter 2020!

Join us for a one of a kind writing retreat in the French countryside where for the first time we combine two popular online workshops:  This “live” version of Kathy’s Fast Flash class dives even deeper into the nuances of the flash fiction story itself and Nancy’s Flash Novel class takes a wide-angle view of creating a larger book project.

What gift will you give yourself and your writing this year?

From past participants:

“Location, location, location? Not only. This experience pulled my writing in new directions and left me with a sense that a retreat can be both demanding of one’s mind and easy on one’s spirit. Kathy and Nancy were inspiring instructors who brought together a talented and generous group of flash fiction-loving writers. Together, they offered guidance that I can continue to draw on each time I take to the page.” ~Charmaine Wilkerson

“A Flash Fiction Retreat with Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman is the perfect way to refresh one’s writing practice. Inspiring locations, like-minded short-fiction writers, and their hallmark positive feedback style make for a true retreat: Pressure-free, productive, and restorative.” ~Anne Weisgerber

“My week of “writing wild” at Peace Retreat in Costa Rica ” with Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman was an amazing way to start of 2019. Everything a writer needs to gain confidence and fire up her word machine was provided: time to write, community, useful exercises, mentoring, helpful critiques, encouragement, time for rest and contemplation, time for fun and games, time to reflect and dig deep. Stunning experience.” ~Gay Degani

“The retreat was life-shaking. It was a dream to learn from writers whose stories I’ve read for years. The combination of Kathy’s generative workshops with Nancy’s editing/revising workshops is a great approach.  Peace Retreat is beautiful, and the staff couldn’t have been nicer. I came away with better writing AND eating habits.” ~Bill Merklee