Story Summits refresh and inspire gifted writers in an immersive and inviting setting. A stimulating community of successful writers guide you to finish well with your personal writing project.  You will discover new and transformative habits to strengthen your ability and confidence to complete your undertaking, launching it into a commercial product. 


There will be three Story Summits in 2019. The Summer Story Summit will take place on an Alaskan cruise in August. The Fall Story Summit will occur in November on a historical plantation estate in New Orleans.



The Winter Story Summit occurs  on a five-night tour of the Caribbean from February 22 to February 27. The Winter Story Summit emphasizes intimacy and health in the writing process. Each Summit participant will be mentored in one-on-one sessions with award-winning professionals, and collaborate in small groups and round table discussions with talented peers and working mentors. 


Full access to all Winter Story Summit Events to include: 


  • One-on-one mentoring with an acclaimed writer in film, television, or fiction. 

  • Four writing workshops on the pillars of modern writing: structure, character, dialogue, and world-building led by one mentor. 

  • Daily keynote presentations on topics such as creating multiple story arcs with multiple characters, building a practical matrix for successful completion of your project, and why what we do is so damn important.

  • During the on-island excursions in Haiti and Jamaica, there will be guided, contemplative walks with the mentors including novelist and author, Deb Engel, whose new book, Twenty, is  in bookstores now. In Jamaica, Tab Murphy, the writer of Disney’s Tarzan and the award-winning Gorillas of the Mist, will lead an excursion up the Dunn River Waterfall promising a Tarzan- like yell at the top.  Jeff Arch, the author of everyone’s favorite rom-com, Sleepless in Seattle, will lead a morning guided meditation for early risers.


  • Six days and five nights on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas

  • Luxurious oceanview room

  • All meals, and beverages, including alcoholic beverages

  • Room Service

  • 24-7 Wi-Fi

  • Full access to swimming pools, gym, saunas, steam rooms, and onboard track

  • Tickets to onboard musicals Grease, and Once Upon a Time

  • Full access to the ice skating shows

  • All mentor-based excursions including daily meditations, contemplative walks, and healthy habits.

  • All gratuities

  • All taxes

Cost of Winter Story Summit:

Limited Time Offer: Be Our Guest!
Winter Story Summit Experience for Two - $4,500

Offer good until January 25, 2020

Packages do not include upgrades to special restaurants, massages or spa treatments, or excursions other than mentor-led fare to and from the ship.



Saturday, February 22

Day 1:  Departs at 4:30 pm from Ft. Lauderdale


Sunday, February 23

Day 2:  Cruising All Day


Monday, February 24 

Day 3:  Arrives Labadee Haiti at 7:00 am

Departs  3:00 pm


Tuesday, February 25

Day 4:  Arrives Falmouth, Jamaica at 8:30 am

Departs  4:30 pm


Wednesday, February 26  

Day 5:  Cruising All Day


Thursday,  February 27

Day 6:  Arrives at 7:00 am in Ft Lauderdale


  1. Complete application form.

  2. Submit a writing sample (can be as little as 3 pages or as long as you like)

  3. Participate in Summit interview by Skype or Zoom.




The Winter Story Summit is designed for committed and talented writers, a learning experience for gifted and storytellers. No applicant shall be turned away for age, race, creed, gender, or disability. The Summits are designed for up to one hundred participants. 


Applicants missing final call for whatever reason are encouraged to apply for future Story Summits.