2018 Writing Retreats

William Bernhardt is one of the most popular writing instructors in the nation, regularly appearing in Hawaii, San Francisco, New York, and other venues across the country. Bill also hosts small-group writing retreats (and an annual conference) for aspiring writers. In each retreat, Bill will request that participants send work in advance, so he can be familiar with your writing project and ready to work. Each retreat consists of five intense, inspiring days learning the art and craft of writing with hands-on instruction, exercises, discussions of writing topics and issues, editing, critique, and advice specifically addressing each participant's work-in-progress.  


June 20-24, 2018

Ozark Mountains Retreat

The Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow
515 Spring Street
Eureka Springs AR 72632
479 253 7444

Bill will lead a five-day intensive workshop/retreat for writers who want to take their work to the next level. The retreat will include class for at least four hours a day, plus free time to write in one of the most gorgeous creative environments on earth. The content of the course will be tailored to participants.

Assuming space is still available, you can stay at the Writers Colony, or stay elsewhere and come to the Colony for the classes. Reservations at the Writers Colony must be booked separately by calling (479) 253-7444. Rooms at the Colony are in beautiful condition, specifically designed to accommodate writers, and a fantastic bargain at $75 a night, most meals included.


June 26-June 29, 2018

West Coast Retreat

Corona del Mar CA 92647 (near Huntington Beach)

Bill will lead a four-day intensive workshop for writers at this beautiful oceanside location near Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Diego.The retreat will include class for 4-6 hours, meeting in both mornings and afternoons, basically packing five days of work into four days of seminar. The content of the course will be tailored to participants.


July 6-10, 2018

East Coast Retreat

Dolliver's Neck Road
Gloucester MA 01930

Bill will lead a five-day intensive workshop at this breathtaking coastal location near Boston and Rockport. Each day class will meet for 4-6 hours daily, including instruction from Bill as well as presentations by other published writers. The content of the course will be tailored to participants. 

For more information call 405 203 8641 or email willbern@gmail.com


To register for one or more writing retreats, complete the sign-up form below (processed by PayPal). If you prefer to register or pay by phone, call 405-203-8641.

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What Past Participants Say About the Retreats

“After three years of wallowing in a manuscript that wasn’t going anywhere, I attended Bill’s 2008 seminar. By December, the manuscript was finished and by March 2009, I had an offer.”
— 2016 Seminar Participant – Tulsa

“Bill’s seminar was the most valuable, practical, and enjoyable learning experience I have ever had. Well-structured, challenging, and affirming, this intensive course is essential for all serious writers who want the guidance of a New York-savvy instructor.”
— 2015 Seminar participant – Hawaii

“I learned more during Bill’s one-week seminar than I have in the past five years of reading twenty-plus “How to Write” books. Bill’s gift for teaching and creating a caring atmosphere proved invaluable.”
— 2014 Seminar participant – New York

“The seminar was hard work and Bill challenged me to produce my best. I came away confident I can complete a novel that editors and agents will think worth publishing.”
— 2013 Seminar participant – Idaho Falls

"Thanks so much for a great seminar.  Each day I felt challenged.  You made me strive to be a better writer.  I have several friends who are published writers.  But I've learned more from you in the past few days than in all the years I've known them.  But let's don't tell them that."
— 2016 Seminar participant – Oklahoma City

"This was thirty years of experience condensed into one week.  Thank you!"
— 2015 Seminar participant – Tulsa

"This seminar changed my life.  Now I know I can write this book--and others."
— 2014 Seminar participant – Oklahoma City