“I knew this would be a well-run and worthy experience given the experienced talent and quality individuals behind it. But the level of inspiration, connection and positive support by mentors and peers alike blew me away.

If there is an art to curating the right participants and the perfect mentors, then the minds behind the Story Summit are indeed artists.”

- Pamela Weiss, Palo Alto, California


8:00-8:30 am:  Guided Meditation - Rosa Salazar

Rosa will lead this morning’s mediation. Meditations would either be in the Yoga Room, Beach, or front lawn.


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. Or just have a session where you “Dream Big” with a notepad.


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

Have a hot or cold breakfast in the ballroom and start turning those acquaintances met on Monday to friends on Tuesday. Story Summit encourages new relationships that will be life-lasting.


9:30 - 10:00 am: Daily Updates

Summit Director, Thom Black, and his wife, Deb, and fellow Summiteer, Edward Terry, will take the floor to give you the latest updates on the plans for the day.


10:00 - 11:00 am: Keynote: Making Personal Films

Randal Kleiser, the film director of such classics as Grease, Blue Lagoon, Disney’s White Fang, and Flight of the Navigator talks about the importance of making personal films. 


Have you ever thought of creating a movie from one of your most intimate stories? Kleiser did when he made a film, Peege,  about his own experiences with his grandmother. That personal film has been honored by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, named alongside classics such as  Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 12 Angry Men and launched his esteemed career.

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11:15 am  - 12:15 pm: Keynote: What is the “Reason To Be” for your project? 

So often we write in a bubble without realizing that our own storytelling, to be commercial,  must reach an audience. Entertainment legend, Ken Stewart, a marketing executive at both Paramount and Columbia, speaks into the need for every project to have a “reason to be.”  That reason informs the poster to a movie, and the book cover to your novel or non-fiction work. Ken will also talk about how his revolutionary campaign for Coca Cola: the Coca Cola Polar Bears. Ken even did the original voices for the now iconic, long-running campaign that won every possible worldwide advertising award. 


Lunch: 12:30-2:00 pm: Ala Carte Dining

On your own to discover one of the seven great restaurants at the resort. Vouchers, as always, will be presented earlier in the day


2:00 - 4:00 pm: Free time or Writing Time


4:00 - 5:00 pm: Keynote: Playability in Screen and Book

Widely known for her role as Ross Carol in the worldwide phenomenon, Friends, Jane Sibbett talks about the need to create scenes that spark the imagination of the viewer or reader. There is an art to scene-making and the all-important dialogue that goes with it.  Jane will take us on the deep dive into creative imagining of your characters and their circumstances.


5:00 - 6:00 pm:  Keynote: How to Format Your Non-Fiction Work

Best-selling author and writing coach- extraordinaire, Deb Engle, takes us through the importance of a thematic wheel for your non- fiction work. If you have gotten bogged-down in research and can’t figure a way into formatting your material, Deb’s presentation is a great eye-opener.


6:00-7:30 pm: Professional Round Table on Modern Publishing in the Mansion Ballroom

Deb Engle, Amy Ferris,  Michael Butler,  and Thom Black discuss the nature of the commercial business of publishing and ways to become a part of it.


8:00 pm: Ala Carte Dining

On your own to discover one of the seven great restaurants at the resort. Vouchers, as always, will be presented earlier in the day


The “Go To Room”: After-dinner casual conversation

Don’t forget this chill opportunity to strengthen your new-found friendships beneath the stars.

“Easy reading is damn hard writing." – Nathaniel Hawthorne