Enroll before January 25th, 2020 and your plus one comes as our guest! Summit attendee's plus ones are entitled to all Summit cruising and dining privileges as well as attendance at official Summit events.

THE WINTER STORY SUMMIT

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. 

MENTORS & SPEAKERS

Story shapers behind such classics as Sleepless in Seattle, Nine to Five, Gorillas in the Mist, and Top Gun take you on deep-dives in myth-making, character development, and world-building.

JEFF ARCH
DEBRA ENGLE
TAB MURPHY
DAVID KIRKPATRICK
ROSA SALAZAR
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CREATIVE PACKAGE

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.

THE CRUISE PACKAGE

  • 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
 

Winter Story Summit Experience for Single - $5,500

Limited Time Offer
Winter Story Summit for Two - $4,500
 

Offer good through 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.

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

STORY SUMMIT ON THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS

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

APPLICATION PROCESS

  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.

 

PERSONAL NOTE

 

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.

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