A Writing Retreat on the Eastern Shore


June 7-14, 2020

STORYCOMBERS means a week in a brand new beach home on a canal (and three blocks from the Ocean!) in Fenwick Island, Delaware. It means a week spent with like-minded writers, ready and willing to improve their craft and fortify themselves with beach walking, free writing, and trips into town for local seafood! Whether you're a poet or a playwright, a novelist or a writer for young readers, you'll find a home among these dedicated authors. Louise leads this group every other summer, alternating with a guest instructor from another MFA program. For more information, to register, or to get on next year's waiting list (we fill up fast!), contact author Amy Coombs, Storycombers’ Gracious Hostess, Oceanographer, and All-round Coordinator,  at 


Vermont College of Fine Arts, 

MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults

Summer Residency


July 7-17, 2020

At its loveliest in July, Vermont is the setting for a very special residency at the VCFA MFA program in Writing for Young Readers. In addition to  lectures,  workshops, and small generative sessions, our time together will include readings and discussions with celebrated authors who've changed all our lives! If you have at least 20 hours a week to devote to changing your writing and finding a community of practice that will support you throughout your career, I hope to see you there!


Four Sisters Creative Retreat, 2021

A Playshop for the Artist in Everyone

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Four Days in August, TBA

Professional artists and Sunday painters
Accomplished musicians and shower singers
Published authors and untapped talents

Together in a small, non-threatening group, a right-and-wrong free zone, we’ll play with words, images and music. We are four sisters who live all around the world, and though far away from one another, each has followed a path of using the art to bring herself and others more fully alive! Come write with Louise, draw with Helen, sing with Suzy, and put it all together with Jane.

Enrollment is limited for this one-of-a-kind creative retreat. We’ve held previous Playshops in Sweden, New Zealand, Vermont, and on the North Carolina shore. They fill up fast! If you want to VOTE on where the 2021 retreat should be AND be notified as soon as details are arranged, be sure to leave a post on our Four Sisters Facebook page:



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© Louise Hawes 2019