Beach Writers Workshops

Each Beach Writers workshop session runs for eight or ten weeks, meeting in a private oceanfront home in Daytona Beach Shores. Writers of all genres, styles and levels are welcome.

Fall 2014 Session
So what's involved? What are meetings like? What's expected of me?


A typical workshop meeting:


9:50 am:  Participants begin to arrive, socialize, choose their seats


10:00 am:  Meeting begins promptly with welcome and introductory comments


10:05 am:  Facilitator provides a writing prompt, and participants write either to the prompt or free write (writer's choice) for a designated period of time (may range 20 to 40 minutes). Participants are free to remain in their chosen seats or to find another spot that inspires them - perhaps outside on the lanai or even the beach?


10:45 am:  After a five minute "time's up" warning, participants come back together and, if they wish, share their new writing aloud. The facilitator and other participants will provide positive feedback.


11:40 am:  Group breaks for light refreshments, socializing


11:55 am:  Meeting resumes. Facilitator and participants share any writing-related news


Noon:  Manuscript critique of one writer's 20 page (or less) manuscript (distributed in advance at prior meeting; writers will sign up for manuscript submission dates at first meeting of session). Critiquing begins by writer reading a short passage aloud from the manuscript, after which the facilitator and other participants discuss the manuscript and provide feedback as requested by the writer (i.e., only positive or both positive and constructive criticism).


Participants are requested and expected to arrive at the meeting prepared for the discussion, meaning (1) they have read the manuscript in advance, and (2) made written comments on the manuscript to be returned to the writer at the end of the discussion. "Best practices" for critiquing manuscripts will be reviewed at the first meeting of the session.


1:00 pm:  Meeting adjourns


Questions? Feel free to contact Julie at the Contact link above.



Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm

September 23rd to November 11th, 2014



Eight meetings to include:




$225  The session fee includes eight group meetings (including light refreshments), plus one hour of private consultation with Julie.


Limited to 6 participants.


$75 deposit to reserve spot, balance due at first meeting. No refunds for missed meetings, however, writers may arrange for substitutes.


Note: Workshop is held in a home with pets.