Writing Retreat at Lake Arrowhead

Out of an abundance of caution during the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the health and safety of our community, the 2020 Writing Retreat at Lake Arrowhead has been canceled.

September 13-18, 2020

Give yourself the gift of time to write in a serene setting far away from the demands of your daily life. Join a small group of committed writers for four full days of uninterrupted writing time at UCLA’s beautiful conference center at Lake Arrowhead. Participants will enjoy private bedrooms, private baths, and three gourmet meals each day, along with complimentary beverages all day long. The Writers’ Program will coordinate some structured activities, including pre-dinner social hours and nightly open mic events, but your time will ultimately be yours to accomplish your writing goals at your own pace.


Sample day’s schedule

8:00 am – 9:00 am Buffet Breakfast
9:00 am –12:00 pm Early Riser Quiet Writing Time
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Buffet Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Optional group craft talk
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Afternoon Chatty Writing Time
5:00 PM Evening social
6:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Open Mic
9:30 pm – 12:00 am Night Owl Quiet Writing Time


Each student enjoys a private bedroom with private adjoining bath in hotel room-style accommodations in the conference center’s Cedar Lodge. There is free access to WiFi at the conference center.

Visit http://lakearrowheadconferencecenter.ucla.edu/stay-at-ucla-lake-arrowhead-conference-center/guest-room-types/ to view the accommodations.

In addition to writing and organized activities, students may elect to take a break from their work by enjoying the natural beauty of Lake Arrowhead. Visit http://lakearrowheadconferencecenter.ucla.edu/recreation/ for more information on recreation options.

Visit http://lakearrowheadconferencecenter.ucla.edu/things-to-do-know/ to read more about the facility.


Cost:  $1699, plus a $10 non-refundable registration fee.

Apply here.

For more information, contact Charlie Jensen, Writers’ Program Director, at 310-206-2524.
Learn more about the benefits of a writing retreat here.




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