December 13, 2017

Packages

February 20 – 25, 2018

So, are you ready for the next step in your writing career? Now is your chance to score a great deal on this incredible, transformative workshop on stunning, tropical Koh Phangan.

 

Full Package with Accommodation

Mermaid villa

 

  • An integrated, complete writing experience
  • Daily writing workshops with themes including Unlocking Your Best Work, Marketing Yourself as a Writer, How to Make More Money as a Writer, and more
  • Learn from two industry pros
  • Morning poolside yoga and sunset meditation sessions overlooking the stunning oceanfront to jumpstart the creative juices*
  • Three daily nutritious and flavorful Thai meals cooked by our private chef 
  • Luxury accommodation in Mermaid Villa (for first five sign ups) and Loyfa Natural Resort, 20-25 February, 2018
  • Luxury, oceanfront learning space for workshops
  • A private pool for spontaneous refreshment during break time or after sessions
  • A Certificate of Completion
  • A workbook with class notes and exercises to take away
  • SPACE IS LIMITED. Register today.

$1350 USD 

 

 

Full Package without Accommodation

withoutaccomm

 

  • An integrated, complete writing experience, 20-25 February, 2018
  • Daily writing workshops with themes including Unlocking Your Best Work, Marketing Yourself as a Writer, How to Make More Money as a Writer, and more
  • Learn from two industry pros
  • Morning poolside yoga and meditation sessions overlooking the stunning oceanfront to jumpstart the creative juices.*
  • Three daily nutritious and flavorful Thai meals cooked by our private chef 
  • Luxury, oceanfront learning space for workshops
  • A private pool for spontaneous refreshment during break time or after sessions
  • A Certificate of Completion
  • A workbook with class notes and exercises to take home
  • SPACE IS LIMITED. Register today.

$750 USD

 

 

Drop-In Classes

 

Attend any 3-hour course session

 

Buy two classes, enjoy one meal and use of the pool and villa for a day

Buy three classes, enjoy two meals and the villa for any day you attend

Buy five classes, enjoy five meals and the villa for any day you attend

Workshop Schedule

 

Tuesday, Day 1: Telling Your Story

2:30 – 5:30pm Class: Opening Session with Brian

Enjoy the beauty of Mermaid Villa and meet your fellow writers with interactive writing exercises. You will set your intentions for the days ahead.  You will explore and practice the art of interviewing, how to get others to share their stories and how to tell your own. 

6:00 – 6:50pm Sunset meditation, relaxation and creative visualization 

7:00 – 10:00pm Opening Dinner, conversation and optional massage time

Wednesday, Day 2: Practical Writing Skills 

7:30 – 8:30am Yoga, breathing, meditation

8:30 – 10:00am Breakfast/ shower break/ writing time

10am – 1pm Class – How to Write a Killer Blog Post/ Article from Scratch (Kaila)

This morning we’ll learn how to take a post from start to finish, whether for your own blog or for a client. We’ll start with pitching topic ideas, then learn what to expect in a blog or article brief. Learn how to take the brief or pitch and turn it into a beautifully-built, engaging and fun-to-read blog post or article. 

1:00 – 2:30pm Lunch

2:30 – 5:30pm Class: Make Each Word Count (Kaila)

This class will teach you how to extract more value from your writing. You’ll learn invaluable writing skills used by top-tier authors and journalists, which we will apply to your post. If you’ve ever wondered how the pros write so well (and earn so much from their writing), and how you can too, this is the class for you. 

6:00 – 6:50pm Sunset meditation, relaxation and creative visualization

7:00 – 10:00 pm Dinner, conversation or massage time

Thursday, Day 3: Marketing Yourself and Monetizing Your Creative Life 

7:30 – 8:30am Yoga, breathing, meditation

8:30 – 10:00am Breakfast/ shower break/ writing time

10:00am – 1:00pm Class – Be Your Own Editor (Kaila)

So, you’ve written your piece, be it an article, a blog, or a book, and now it needs editing. But darn – editors are expensive! This module will teach you how to edit your own work, with key tips and tricks taught in the world’s top journalism schools, easy-to-remember grammar and spelling rules, and more. You’ll also learn by doing, by editing each other’s work with feedback from your teacher. 

1:00pm – 2:30pm Lunch

2:30 – 5:30pm class – How to Write for Social Media (Kaila)

Learn how to use social media to build your business and drive traffic and sales to your website. It’s not as easy as you think! There are many elements involved in writing for social media – and each social network is different. This class will give you cheat sheets and comprehensive tips that will help you breeze through your weekly posts, increase engagement from your posts, and teach you how to drive traffic from Facebook (or Twitter or Instagram, etc.) to your website. 

6:00 – 6:50pm Sunset visualization and meditation experience

7:00pm – 10:00 Dinner, conversation or massage time

Friday, Day 4: Producing and Distributing Your Work 

7:30 – 8:30am Yoga, relaxation, meditation

8:30 – 10:00am Breakfast/ shower break/ writing time

10:00 – 1:00pm Class – Completing a Creative Project (Brian)

We start with writing prompts and exercises on Scene, Setting, and Character. We will then create a book, from conception to the point of pressing the Publish button on Amazon. A DIY guide to completing your creative work; how to craft titles, book descriptions, covers and outlines; pricing and formatting; how to publish using online platforms. As Steve Jobs once said, “Real artists ship.” We’ll show you how.

1:00pm – 2:30pm Lunch

2:30pm – 5:30pm Class – Crowdfunding and Defining Your Project (Brian)

Kickstarter is not only the premiere platform for funding a creative project, it forces a writer to focus on the pitch, how to use video to tell a story, and how to distill the essence of the creative idea. We will create a campaign from start to finish (or work on your own!), and articulate the core idea of the project, and its benefits to supporters. We will also discuss other ways to fund projects and generate income from published work. 

5:30 – 6:00pm Break

6:00 – 6:50pm Sunset meditation, relaxation, and visualization

7:00 – 10:00pm Closing Dinner, Open Mic Performance, with massage time

Saturday, Day 5: Imagine, Pitch, Write, Edit, Share

7:30 – 8:30am Yoga, relaxation, meditation

8:30 – 10:00am Breakfast/ shower break/ writing time

10:00 – 1:00pm Class – Conception to Completion Part I (Kaila, Brian)

We start with writing exercises then invite you to share your current writing project with the group. After Kaila presents a primer on pitching, we will then create content for an imaginary Lifestyle Phangan magazine.  Use your own project or pitch 2-4 ideas for a story, with Brian and Kaila acting as your assignment desk editors. Write a piece from scratch or work on the opening or a key passage of your existing work. As writers disperse to research and write, get personal coaching on your project or article.

1:00pm – 2:30pm Lunch

2:30pm – 5:30pm Class – Conception to Completion Part II (Kaila, Brian)

Share your work with a partner and cross-edit each other’s output. Submit to Brian and Kaila for additional editing and feedback. Then present your work to the group for more comments and discussion.

ALSO, time to prepare for tonight’s Open Mic. We will have musical accompaniment if desired and some special surprises.

6:00 – 6:50pm Sunset meditation, relaxation, and visualization

7:00 – 10:00pm Closing Dinner, Open Mic Performance, with massage time

Sunday, Day 6: Closing Session

8:30 – 11:30am Breakfast/ class Integration and Visioning (Brian)

We start with a final set of writing prompts. Then engage in a visioning exercise, putting narrative to our aspirations for where we want to go as writers, while setting a course for getting there. Sharing and evaluations on what was learned, how the learning will be put to work, and how our creative visions have been transformed.

 

Attend any 3-hour session for $60 USD

Buy two classes, enjoy one meal and use of the pool and villa for a day

Buy three classes, enjoy two meals and the villa for any day you attend

Buy five classes, enjoy five meals and the villa for any day you attend