Ghost Story Weekend 2022

We will haunt both the real and virtual worlds for this year’s ghost story weekend with Eric Witchey! MEMBER REGISTRATION OPENS SEPTEMBER 5th | General Registration opens September 12th

Everybody loves a good ghost story! Nobody loves a pandemic (except maybe the rats). To ensure we can accommodate all comers, we’ll be doing a hybrid event again this year.

It’s your choice to come write at a our spooky coastal retreat, or join us in the virtual haunted beach house on the gloomy zoom coast for this hybrid spooky story-writing event. Learn the basics of short story structure, enjoy group speculation on what scares us, and let your imagination run wild. Everyone will write a complete short story by the end of the weekend, and read them in a dark, hopefully haunted place. Don’t be scared—well, you can be scared, but don’t be intimidated!

All writers are welcome, from the beginner to the accomplished short story writer or novelist. The instructor will be there to help with plot, story structure, or character development. This is a fun way to get started in short story writing, and a good way to meet other writers working in the same genre.

Tuition includes all instruction, either a virtual haunted beach house or a very real room at our coastal retreat, and some very real tricksy treats. (Rooms at the Adobe Resort down the street are also available if you prefer to stay on your own and come over to the beach house for meals and writing.)

We will get together Friday night for a potluck dinner, then gather to talk about ghosts and other spooky things and the structure of short stories. And then. . . ready, set, write! The point is to write a complete ghost story (romantic, scary, humorous, sentimental—all ghosts are welcome!) by 7 pm on Saturday, when we will gather together to read our stories. The instructor is available to help you with your stories, and to talk privately about your writing. We hold very casual class time during meal times. Sunday morning we give light feedback/critiques on the stories we heard Saturday night. (Don’t be nervous—everything is first draft.)

Details & Schedule

Ghost Story Weekend will be held in person at our lodge in Yachats, OR, and in our virtual haunted beach house (via zoom with lots of breakout cabins–some of them haunted). Attendance is limited to 16 participants, plus instructor.

FRIDAY

  • 4 pm – The main lodge opens to begin gathering, enjoy cocktails, get to know each other
  • 6 pm – Dinner and cocktail hour–potluck style
  • 7 pm – Gather around the fireplace to talk about ghost stories, story structure, spooky writing inspiration
  • 8 pm – Start Writing! You have until 7 pm on Saturday eve to write
  • You are welcome to write on your own until we gather again at 7 pm Saturday eve.
  • The Virtual Game Room will be open running parallel play sessions until the clock strikes twelve. Breakout cabins will also be open for anyone who wants to connect.

SATURDAY

You are welcome to write on your own until we gather again at 7 pm.

We will gather for virtual potluck meals and informal instruction discussion (totally optional to attend) at:

  • 9 am – Breakfast
  • 1 pm – Lunch
  • 6 pm – Dinner
  • Eric will be available for questions and story help throughout the day
  • The Game Room will be open all day running parallel play sessions
  • Breakout cabins will also be open for anyone who wants to connect.

7 pm til the Witching Hour – Gather around the fire to share stories!

SUNDAY

  • 8 am – Breakfast and coffee and chocolate and conversation
  • 9 am to Noon – Moderated story advice session

The weekend begins at 4 pm Friday, October 28, 2022 and goes until noon on Sunday, October 30

EXTRA NIGHT

Want an extra night at the beach house to settle in? Arrive Thursday eve and have a “no host” extra night at the lodge.


About the Instructor

Eric Witchey has made a living as a freelance writer and communication consultant for over 20 years. In addition to producing many corporate non-fiction titles, he has sold more than 160 short stories and four novels. His stories have appeared in six genres on five continents, and he has received recognition from New Century Writers, Writers of the Future, Writer’s Digest, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award program, Short Story America, and other organizations. His how-to articles have appeared in The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, and other print and online magazines. When not teaching or writing, he spends his time fly fishing or restoring antique, model locomotives.

In-person but staying at the Adobe Resort $150 (workshop onlyyou’ll need to book your own room!)

October 28-30, 2022

MEMBERS SAVE 15% OFF REGISTRATION! 

In-person at the Beach House FRIDAY – SUNDAY $450 

Online only – $150

Want an extra night at the beach? In-person at the Beach House THURSDAY – SUNDAY $550 

MEMBER REGISTRATION OPENS SEPT 5TH

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