“A man may stand there (Cape Cod) and put all America behind him.” – Henry David Thoreau

Note: Today all group meetings will be in Carriage House, all other group meetings will be in the Mansion Ballroom


8:00 am - 8:30 am: Guided Mediation - Ken Stewart

Note: Meditations would either be in the Yoga Room, Beach, or front lawn: We will need to arrange shuttle if down at beach


8:00 - 9:00 am: Writing Time

Alternatively, you could begin your day with a cup of hot coffee and an hour of writing on your current project.


8:30 - 9:30 am: Breakfast in the Mansion Ballroom

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9:30 - 10:30 am: Keynote: How to Achieve Flow  to Finish Your Project - David Kirkpatrick  (Carriage House)

The former President of Paramount Pictures and Production Chief of Walt Disney Studios, David Kirkpatrick, takes you through a lifetime of experience working with screenwriters, novelists, and artists in the creation of over 400 motion pictures. He condenses 40 years of experience into one hour of wisdom that will help you schedule, create, and complete your dream project.


11:00 - 11:45 am:  Keynote: Writers Anonymous – Learning to Live with the Gift – Thom Black (Carriage House)

Thom Black, a children’s book author and founder of a children’s publishing company, explains how you and those around you can live with the unique and special gift of being a writer.


Lunch 12:00 - 2:00 pm: Buffet Dining in Carriage House


2:00 - 4:00 pm:  Small Group Breakouts: On specific subject matters

Led by Amy Ferris, Thom Black, Rosa Salazar, Jeff Arch, David Kirkpatrick, and Ken Stewart  


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Free Time


8:00 pm - 11:00 pm:  Farewell testimonials with Champagne Toast  and Dinner

The “Go To Room”: After dinner casual conversation

“It started as an impulse submission in the Story Summit Children's Story category. It ended with a life-changing experience. My head and my heart are still filled, with the words of the mentors on craft and process, and with the nurturing relationships formed at every opportunity. I have never had an experience resonate so deeply with who I am, and who I am becoming as I continue to put pen to paper. The Story Summit was an experience nonpareil,
deeply and wholly satisfying.”


- Melanie Lunsford, San Diego, California