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The First Annual Tinderbox Writers Retreat


Sept 23 – Sept 27, 2016

For women only. FULL


Special Guests: author and founder of the Tall Poppy Writers, Dr. Ann Garvin,

and beloved author Kristy Woodson Harvey!

A surpise guest author will join us! We’re excited to have Susan Crawford teaching a workshop session on site!

The First Annual Tinderbox Writers Retreat is an inspiring four-day celebration of story. Challenge your writing and find clarity for your voice in this oceanfront sanctuary for women writers... Take to the sea to write, create, make art and nourish your Creative Core!

Because we all have a journey to take, a truth to speak and a story to tell!

This retreat was created to nurture the creative spirit of women, to celebrate our stories through the written and spoken word. We’ll spend four transformative days, writing, reading, and sharing. You’ll be challenged to explore the deeper questions about what you want to say in your writing. We will begin our days with walks on the beach, nourish ourselves while cooking together, embrace solitude when we need a quiet moment, and form friendships that will last a lifetime. Your heart and your writing will grow through workshops and intimate sessions created to transform your writing.

LEARN MORE about Kimberly and past participants of Tinderbox Workshops

Our Schedule:

Friday – mid-afternoon arrivals, Welcome Dinner and kick-off (cooked by Kimberly! Rumor has it there will be home-made apple pie and peach cobbler!)

Saturday – Monday – breakfast, morning workshop, lunch, silent afternoons for writing and beach walks and naps, dinner, evening readings (Sunday dinner with guest author, Kristy Woodson Harvey)

Tuesday – closing gathering on the beach. Departures by 10am.

For women only. Shared rooms. Twin or Queen beds. Attendees off-site are responsible for arranging their own housing. All attendees responsible for their own travel.

Each day, participants will bring manuscripts of their work-in-progress to our workshop group where they will participate in guided exercises, generate knew pages, and discuss and receive feedback about their projects. During our evening readings we will gather to share our work. (Workshop manuscripts should be limited to 16-20 pages fiction or non-fiction.)

Writers will have plenty of time to rest, relax and explore the island during the morning and afternoons. In addition, writers will meet with Kimberly 1:1 to discuss their manuscripts in detail.

Dr. Ann Garvin, founder of the Tall Poppy Writers, will teach our workshop session on

Plot vs. Story! (via Skype)

Dr. Ann Garvin, is an internationally published author, speaker and professor. Her novels I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not AroundThe Dog Year, & On Maggie’s Watch are each about women who struggle to find their way in a world that asks too much from them, too often. Garvin balances her literary pursuits with teaching in WI And NH while supporting other women writers and raising a family. She is the founder of The Tall Poppy Writers and Co-founder of The Fifth Semester, a writing immersion program that takes you from inspiration to publication.

Kristy Woodson Harvey’s novel, Dear Carolina (Berkley), debuts on 5.5.15. She blogs at Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and on her author site about everything else. Kristy is a contributor to Domino, Houzz and Live the Life You Dream About. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and holds a master’s in English from East Carolina University. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.

Susan Crawford grew up in Miami, Florida, where she spent her childhood reading mysteries in a hammock strung between two Banyan trees. She graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A. in English. She later moved to New York City and then to Boston before settling in Atlanta to raise three amazing daughters and to teach in various adult education settings. A member of The Atlanta Writers Club and The Village Writers, Susan lives in Atlanta with her husband and a trio of rescue cats, where she enjoys reading books, writing books, rainy days, and spending time with the people she loves. Susan’s first novel is The Pocket Wife.


The Blue Terrazz Beach House

2907 Marshall Boulevard, Unit C

Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482


Kimberly will be cooking a Welcome Dinner for all attendees on Sunday evening!

Snacks will be provided on-site daily, for ALL attendees. Upon receipt of payment, attendees will receive an email with further details regarding accommodations for diet restrictions or food allergies.

There is a kitchen on-site and meals other than the welcome dinner will be flexible, together on-site or out on our own, according to our preferences. Attendees may bring food and drinks to share.