Catamaran Writing Conference  at Pebble Beach   August 13 - 17, 2014


At Catamaran Literary Reader, our artistic themes tap into the rich literary history and beautiful setting of the California Central Coast.  We invite you to transform your own creative work in the scenic location of Pebble Beach, a major source of inspiration for writers from John Steinbeck to Robinson Jeffers. The registration fee of  $1200 by July 15th includes four nights lodging at the Robert Louis Stevenson campus on 17-Mile Drive, 12 meals, 4 days of literary workshop in a small group of 12, daily literary themed excursions,  and nightly receptions and presentations. Additionally, for local writers interested in attending the conference with all the workshop benefits but without the room accommodations, we are offering an additional $400 discount, making registration only $800.

Course Offerings


Thursday (2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.): Poetry Lecture and Q&A with Kim Addonizio.  Open to all participants. 

Thursday (4 p.m. - 5 p.m.): Poetry Lecture and Q&A with Joseph Millar. Open to all participants.




Poetry Craft Lectures:

Zack Rogow

Stephen Kessler


John Moir

Jane Vandenburgh

Jonah Raskin


Guest Lectures 

Friday (2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.): Fiction Lecture an Q&A with Gina Ochsner. Open to all participants. 

Friday (4 p.m. - 5 p.m.): Fiction Lecture and Q&A with Elizabeth McKenzie. Open to all participants. 


Nightly Events


Nonfiction Craft Lecture:

Tom Christensen



Saturday (8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.): Science and Nature Writing lecture and Q&A with John Moir. Open to all participants. Group nature walk after the talk. 

Saturday (2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.):  Memoir lecture and Q&A with Jane Vandenburgh.  Open to all participants. 

Saturday (4 p.m. - 5 p.m.):  Culture and Biography writing lecture with Jonah Raskin. Open to all participants. 



Fiction Craft Lectures:

Scott Hutchins

Chuck Rosenthal


Publishing Panel: 

Literary Agent: Deborah Ritchken, Marsily Literary Agency, NYC; 

Publisher: Jack Shoemaker, Counterpoint Press, San Francisco

Publicist: Mary Bisbee-Beek, Freelance book publicist

Poet, Author, and Independent Publisher: Gail Wronsky 

Editor: Catherine Segurson, Founder, Catamaran Literary Reader


Make the Experience Your Own

Program Features

Intimate writing workshops (12:1 Student-Teacher Ratio) in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with craft lectures from published poets and authors

Publishing panel with literary agents and presses and participant readings

Four nights lodging in a single or double room at the Stevenson School campus including twelve meals and nightly receptions



Optional Excursions

John Steinbeck tour:

Visit Cannery Row and the authors residence in Pacific Grove

Robinson Jeffers tour:

Visit Tor House, the poet’s home and stone tower at Carmel Point

Robert Louis Stevenson tour:

Visit the physical site of Treasure Island at Point Lobos

Private events at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Winfield Gallery in Carmel


• Olympic swimming pool

• Fitness Center

• Tennis Courts

• Access to world class golf

• Walk to local beaches

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