My newest venture: a writer’s cabin in the woods

Writing_Quote_329This from an excellent writer who we lost not long ago. Even though, alas, there will be no new books from her, she left us with some wisdom and some mighty good reading materials.

As writers, we can never rest on our laurels, or even get any without Persistence. A writer needs a space for solitude, silence and, if necessary, assistance. Therefore, I have opened my mountain cabin to others where I can share not only my beautiful space but whatever I have learned that will help others on their journeys to publication or performance.

For information about a writing place away from your home, please go to my new website at:

.out my windowA mountain getaway where you can (without interruptions)

Finish your script, novel (historical, romance, mystery), poetry chapbook, memoir, poetry collection, children’s and adult literature, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, stage play, travelogue, interview, essay, and all with the coaching of an award-winning author, poet and playwright and very special guests.

Our goal is to get you to publication and solid intellectual property (copyright) for your legacy. From start to finish, work toward your goal.

Write for information today!   Summit Seminars   P.O. Box 36 

                                                         Crestline Village, CA 92325


 (Dedicated to the writer who “fathered” a whole world of real characters who live and breathe, who wrote with wit, excitement, humor, pathos and a feather pen. Summit Seminars honors the works of Charles Dickens, and aims for the highest rung of writers!)
Upcoming 3-4 day seminars

November 12, 13, 14:  Writing the Short Story/from flash fiction to the novella

December 9, 10, 11, 12: a “holiday” Memoir: Capturing your life on paper one episode at a time

All seminars daily from 10-4 and limited to the first 6 applicants chosen in order to guarantee personal attention

Each complete seminar is $150. (really)

You must send your application, a check for the seminar and a brief biography and, of course, any questions  to:

 Summit Seminars P.O. Box 36 Crestline Village, CA 92325 to be received at least a week before the beginning date. All payments are totally refundable if cancelled or received too late to be processed, or if your plans change and you cannot attend the seminar you chose; the next applicant will replace you and your payment will be totally refundable upon notice at any time.


“Dorothy’s Home”   Hosting Summit Seminars 2016-17 silence and monthly seminars about writing ( see 2017 schedule on

Image result for images of crestline ca

Price includes all snacks, continental breakfast and lunch each day



You will be catered to while writing . A continental breakfast and a healthy lunch menu is available every day. Snacks, coffee, tea and water are always available, and at 3pm there will be  sharing  (optional) with your convivial small group of companion writers during our positive  “questions and critique” periods.


In a  directions package we will will send you a list of recommended lodges, cabins and hotels in and around Lake Arrowhead within a very short driving distance. Low cost and discounted rates for guests. 


If you want to extend your stay in the mountains and enjoy the pleasures of Southern California, Lake Arrowhead is one hour from Palm Springs, an hour and a half from San Diego and two hours from L.A. (Hollywood). Crestline Village is a four season resort with boating, fishing, swimming (water park )in summer and famous ski trails in winter, all this at 6,000 feet above the valley of the Inland Empire.

The Rim of the World Highway has been named one of the top ten most beautiful scenic drives in the country!

images of Crestline ca – Bing images

Image result for images of crestline ca

Our retreat is situated high in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California where we are two hours from the ocean at Seal Beach  and/or Los Angeles, in winter you can ski in the morning and surf after lunch.  While writing, and being coached you will be in a cozy  pine cabin in a natural forest (cedars, oak and pine, mountain laurel)  in which to write, and if it is cold, snowing, and/or you would prefer to write indoors, we have a floor to ceiling river rock fireplace and cozy dens, nooks, sofas, and an extensive library where you can tuck yourself up with your laptop. We are a Wi-Fi property, indoors and outside.

Oh and we have flying squirrels, stellar blue jays, colorful juncos, “Woody” woodpeckers, raccoons and a very rare bear who will not bother you as long as our mascot, Daisy Buchanan*, a genuine bear-dog is on patrol. Bring your camera!


(This is the real thing, a bear in the neighbor’s back yard. Photo by Jeanine Just.)

*She’s spoiled rotten and always leaves the messes she makes for others to clean up after her. W/apologies to one of our favorite authors.

crestline california – Bing images

Image result for crestline california

Please write to receive a schedule of activities and contents of  upcoming seminars through March 2017. Also daily rates for solitary writing space, personal instruction and small writing classes.

BOOK NOW (Strictly limited to only 6 writers in each seminar to allow for individual attention.)

(Crestline summit. The view from Hortensia’s restaurant. Photo by Birgit Tregenza)


Summit Seminars

P.O. Box 36

Crestline, CA 92325


Mon-Fri: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00 pm
Sun: Closed


photos of Crestline ca – Bing images

(Hortensia’s restaurant)