“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
-Louisa May Alcott, Little Women


8:00-8:30 am:  Guided Meditation - Deb Engle

Every morning (but for the day we go to Concord), there will be a guided meditation by one of the mentors. Either Deb Engle, Jeff Arch, Rosa Salazar, Jane Sibbett, or Amy Ferris will lead you to a balanced place through the course of a half-hour meditation. The meditations will be either on the beach or front lawn or, in the case of inclement weather, in the Yoga Room at the Fitness Center.


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. Story Summit strives to find locations where you can be inspired by nature. The Britterige Blueberry Pond Villas in the Village where many are staying is a perfect spot to be inspired.


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

Have a hot or cold breakfast in the ballroom. The Ballroom will be divided into two halves during most of the week: one side will be for dining and the other side for keynote presentations and large group instructions.


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: Demystifying the Studio System and the Publishing World 

Story Summit Founder, David Kirkpatrick, former President of Paramount Pictures and Production Chief of Walt Disney Studios, will take you through the process of what happens to your script or manuscript once it arrives behind the wall of the studio or publishing house.  The keynote is designed to remove the bewilderment often associated with the decision-making process in acquiring a screenplay or manuscript for commercial production. David will also reveal his tips as to how to control the decision that takes place behind the wall.


11:15 am - 12:15 pm:  Keynote: How to get People to Turn the Page  

Academy Award Nominee for his classic romantic comedy, Sleepless in Seattle,  Jeff Arch, ”the Barefoot Sensei”  speaks of the necessity to link your writing to the reading experience. How do you move the reader to turn the next page?  Jeff’s funny and inspiring presentation will leave you with the understanding that you are NOT an aspiring writer, you ARE a writer.


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

Here’s your first chance to explore one of the seven restaurants on the Ocean Edge Property.  Kara Murphy, one of our helpers, will distribute dining vouchers good at any of the restaurants. This is a chance to sit with new friends or have a special moment with your guest.


2:00 - 3:00pm: Keynote: The Importance of Dialogue 

Rosa Salazar, one of the top television writers at Televisa in Mexico, speaks of the tremendous value of repartee between characters, whether it be for screen or page. Rosa should know. She has written over 6,000 hours of television while, at the same time, as a single mom raising and educating two children.


2:00 - 4:00 pm:  Small Group Mentor Session

Every Summiteer will be assigned to a small group overseen by a mentor. This first session will be about challenges in writing and possible solutions. Ocean Edge is chock-a-blocked with nooks and crannies. It is New England, after all. So with your mentor’s guidance, find some shade under a tree, a spot on the beach, or a great spot inside the Carriage House or Mansion to have your session. It could also change every day. 


4:00 - 6:00 pm: Writing or Free Time


6:00 -7:30 pm: Professional Round Table on Steaming, TV, Movies, and Representation in Mansion Ballroom

Jeff Arch, Randal Kleiser, Rosa Salazar, Tab Murphy, Amy Ferris, and  David Kirkpatrick discuss the nature of the commercial business 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

We have a beautiful “chill out”  corner suite in the mansion with wrap -around decks that look out onto the ocean. If you are looking for some lively conversation, or just want to hang out on the deck and look at the stars, this might be your “Go To Room” as well for after hour good times. 

“The Summit team of leaders and mentors are truly paying it forward in such selfless ways. No egos...authentic and deeply moving presentations and conversations made this experience unlike anything in my life and I am better for it!” – Cindy Sandback, Summiteer