Writer's Mentor Services
Writer's Mentor Courses
1-Day Writing Retreat
An open invitation to develop a relationship with your writing.
(The first Saturday of every month in Aptos)
is easy for imagination to take flight in Cathleen Rountree's delightful
My writer's block has dissolved. My laptop is humming. I left Cathleen's
retreat sure of myself and my ability to continue to write my novel
in a coherent fashion. I had come from oblivion to competence. Worth
twice the price!
Are you looking for a way to bypass your internal censor and dive into writing? Are you willing to challenge yourself? Do you want to complete a substantial amount of writing in one day? This Writing Retreat Intensive will give you the boost you need and provide a series of simple exercises geared toward accessing creative flow, strengthening your writing abilities, and achieving your writing goals.
It offers an occasion to outline the structure of a novel or a nonfiction book; to choose between two or more writing projects; to complete an article or a series of poems; to break through writing blocks and procrastination; to revivify your relationship to your work.
During the Retreat silence is preserved and intentions are affirmed and held in a way that quiets the noisy, self-critical, fearful part of a writer's personality. I will act as a calming, inspiriting presence, who emboldens you to abandon your "page fright"and engage with your thoughts and words in a fresh way.
This is an affordable opportunity to work semi-privately with the Writer's
Mentor, Cathleen Rountree, in her home. Group size is limited and each
writer benefits from a private consultation with Cathleen to discuss
their work or brainstorm ideas. Many writers find this format to be
exceedingly productive and attend the Monthly One-Day Writing Retreat
Intensive on a regular basis.
You're welcome to share this information with other interested writers.
Cathleen, Thank you for such a remarkable day of writing. I thought
I might never write again, but your expertise, focus, patience, and
discipline pushed me through to a new level in my writing. I came away
with a novel completely outlined and nearly two chapters written! If
this is what a day in a quiet, supportive environment can reap, I'll
be back next month, and the month after that. Thanks, again.
I have taken 2 intensive creative writing weekends with Cathleen Rountree
and I plan to take all that she has to offer. She provides a wonderful
space (and pace) to feel inspired and get right down to the process
of writing. She offers the guidance and focus to help clear any blocks
and jump start the creative juices. I find her classes to be very balanced
(ie., there is ample time for instruction, inspiration and writing)
and Cathleen is a very generous, insightful and energetic teacher. At
the end of the weekend I feel uplifted due to a sense of accomplishment,
and I also come away with many tools for working on my own. These classes
are the best! Thank you, Cathleen.
few years ago I took a UC Santa Cruz Extension course from Cathleen
Rountree. It was to learn to write profiles and I was a journalist.
The course was so successful I landed a three year, once a week contract
for profiles. Very lucrative. Now I am plunging into fiction, a novel.
I have a story that I must tell and it is calling for Pepto Bismol!
I was blocked. So I signed up for Cathleen Rountree's One Day Writing
Retreat. This very well published woman might save me again. The group
met in her amazing artist's carriage house. It is crowded with books,
art and international artifacts and real flowers. She spent 15 minutes
clearing our heads of all the junk that helps us to not write. Then
we wrote for an hour. No potty breaks, no drinks, no looking in books,
no writing of outlines. Just write. My writer's block had dissolved
and I produced two pages that amazed me. We took a break and then did
it again. I produced two more excellent pages. My laptop was humming.
Then we each had a tutorial with her privately on the lovely flowering
deck. She asked about my goals and offered some excellent advice. She
encouraged me at every point. I went home sure of myself and my ability
to continue to write this piece of fiction in a coherent fashion. I
had come from oblivion to competence. Worth twice the price!
Writing a dissertation can be a very lonely process. I have spent nearly
a year struggling with my topic. Cathleen's Writing Retreat has given
me renewed energy and enthusiasm. I came away with a series of chapter
headings and ideas buzzing around my head. Most importantly Cathleen
helped me to get in contact with my topic in a much deeper way.
Cathleen Rountree is the best-selling author of eight books including The Writer's Mentor: A Guide to Putting Passion on Paper. Her coaching and consulting service offers editorial assistance in developing both fiction and nonfiction projects, writing proposals, and the business of being a writer. Her articles have appeared in many venues, including The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, The Journal of Psycho-Social Culture (England), the San Francisco International Film Festival Catalogue, The Writer magazine, and Writer's Digest. Cathleen lectures nationally and teaches at UC Santa Cruz, Extension, and in the esteemed UCLA Writer's Program.
Cathleen Rountree is the best-selling author of eight books including "The Writer's Mentor: A Guide to Putting Passion on Paper." Her coaching and consulting service offers editorial assistance in developing both fiction and nonfiction projects, writing proposals, and the business of being a writer. Her articles have appeared in many venues, including The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, The Writer magazine and Writer's Digest. Cathleen lectures nationally and teaches at UC Santa Cruz, Extension, and has taught in the UCLA Writer's Program.