photo by Axel

photo by Axel Abercrombie Frame

Welcome to the expanded version of my website, now including my blog,”WritingTime” which I started about twelve years ago. I’ve tried to stick to writing advice, information and inspiration, but since none of us write in a vacuum, I sometimes veer off into my struggle with writing in my own life.

I’ve published fifteen books (and written dozens more that never saw the light of day), I teach at UCLA Extension in the Writers’ Program, at Vromans Bookstore in Pasadena once a month, and do private retreats a couple of times a year in Lake Arrowhead.

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Next winter I’ll be teaching ‘Courage & Craft’ at UCLA Extension’s Writers Studio – a four day intensive course, February 9th – 12th, 2017. I’ll also be teaching an eight week advanced course for memoir and personal essay starting in January.

The workshop in Pasadena at Vromans Bookstore meets the second Saturday of the month from 9:00 – noon. Please contact Vromans for more information and to sign up.

There will be a Lake Arrowhead retreat March 17 – 19, 2017, and space is limited to ten. (info below)



 Writers Retreats in Lake Arrowhead

 Come join us at a Writers Retreat in Lake Arrowhead next spring – March 17 -19th. Maybe you have a final draft to complete and need a quiet place to focus, 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 and do writing exercises from my books A Year of Writing Dangerously and Kicking in the Wall. Best of all is that you’ll find your own group of writers for future ongoing support.

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.

The price of $840.00 includes everything – the workshop and one-on-ones with me, two nights in a shared condolet at the Conference Center (beds on separate floors with two private baths) three-course dinners with wine, buffet lunches and breakfasts, and tips provided for the staff. A fitness room, Jacuzzi, hiking trails, pool and tennis courts are available.


For more information please email me at:BabsAbercrombie@icloud.com




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