1. Creating Heroes and Villains
    And Everything in Between

A Creative Writing Retreat
Carole Barrowman & John Barrowman

The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs, CA
May 4-6, 2018


Interested in energizing a work in progress? Interested in energizing yourself? Join Carole and John in the stunning desert beauty of Palm Springs for an intensive revitalizing two day writing retreat. This interactive workshop is designed to strengthen the essential elements of writing necessary for success no matter what your chosen genre or medium, and to refresh your creative processes.


Carole and John have collaborated on seven books and a number of comic series together, including the acclaimed HOLLOW EARTH (Aladdin) fantasy series, CONJUROR and their most recent, NEPHILIM (Head of Zeus), as well as THE DARK ARCHER (DC Comics), WORLD WITHOUT END, STATION ZERO and THE CULLING (Titan Comics). CURSED, their most recent work in progress, is with Legendary Comics.


John has been on lots of television and stage shows, including playing Malcolm Merlyn on ARROW and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, and Captain Jack on DOCTOR WHO and TORCHWOOD.

Carole is a professor of English and the director of the creative writing program at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI, where, among other things, she teaches a class called “The Future in Film and Fiction.”



Tentative Schedule:




4:00PM-6:00PM Meet & Greet

Cocktails and the Barrowman family


SATURDAY – Bit by Bit…


6:30AM-8:00AM Breakfast and Writing

8:30AM-12:00PM Session I

12:00PM- 2:00PM Lunch & Q&A

2:00PM-4:00PM Session II

4:00PM-6:00PM Free time & Feedback

6:00PM-7:00PM Cocktails & Q&A


SUNDAY – Putting It Together


6:30AM-8:30AM Breakfast and Writing

9:00AM-12:00PM Session III

12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch

1:00PM-3:00PM Session IV

3:00PM-5:00PM Celebration of Writers



Submit $25 non refundable application fee using the PayPal link below. You will be emailed an application form upon receipt of payment. Writers must be over 18 and must submit a short sample of a work (250-300 words) to be considered.

Workshop fee is $2,400** and includes:

All workshop sessions and Q&As

Accommodations for 3 nights (check in Friday check out Monday) at the Monkey Tree Hotel

Continental breakfast, lunch, happy hour sangria all days. Dinners are not included.

If your application is accepted, application deposit will apply towards final workshop fee.

Workshop attendance is limited to 16 people.

Deadline for application is MARCH 1, 2018

Questions please email:

**Price for the Monkey Tree is at a premium in May which is why the workshop fee has had to increase to cover the hard cost of the venue**



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