Writers Retreat in Lake Arrowhead

Come join us at the Writers Retreat in Lake Arrowhead this fall, October 20 – 22, 2017. Maybe you have a final draft to complete, or maybe you’re just beginning and want to jumpstart your writing. Wherever you are in your work you’re welcome. You’ll have stretches of time to write, plus daily workshops where you can get feedback on your work, be inspired and do writing exercises.

The retreat is held at the UCLA Conference Center in the beautiful mountain town of Lake Arrowhead (less than 100 miles from Los Angeles). It begins at 1:00 on Friday and lasts until after lunch on Sunday. Enrollment is limited to eight participants.

The price of $855.00 includes everything – the workshops and one-on-ones with me, two nights in a shared condolet at the Conference Center (beds are on separate floors with two private baths) three-course dinners with wine, buffet lunches and breakfasts. A fitness room, Jacuzzi, hiking trails, pool and tennis courts are available too.

To sign up, a non-refundable deposit of $200 is required, with the remainder of the fee, $655.00, to be paid by September 15. (If you need to drop out and your place can be filled BEFORE September 15 you’ll be refunded $150.00 of your deposit.) For more information and/or an application please email me at: babsabercrombie@icloud.com

(A number of participants in previous retreats have asked if it’s possible to stay on to continue writing for another day or two at the Convention Center for the basic price of just room and board and tips. I’ll look into this option for you if you’re interested.)



photo by Axel

photo by Axel Abercrombie Frame


I’ve published fifteen books in all genres, and many essays in  anthologies, the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun etc. I teach at UCLA Extension in the Writers’ Program, conduct a workshop at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena once a month, and give private retreats in Lake Arrowhead.

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My next course at UCLA Extension is Advanced Non-Fiction starting in October. Work must be submitted to get into the class and it’s limited to twelve students. Please contact the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension if interested. (310- 825-9415)

The workshop in Pasadena at Vromans Bookstore meets once a month on Saturday from 9:00 – noon and limited to twelve writers. The next dates are 8/16 (changed), 9/23 and 10/28.  You can sign up for one workshop or all three as a package. Please contact Vromans ( 626-449-5320) for more information and to sign up.


This winter at UCLA Extension I’ll be teaching a four day intensive course in the Writers Studio based on my book, Kicking in the Wall.


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