Weekend Writing Camp

“Creativity & Craft”

April 11-14, 2019

The Lightkeepers House, Ocracoke Island, NC

Presented by Island Path Writing ~ Karen Jones Instructing

Join author Karen Jones for this 2 ½ day writing adventure exploring your creativity, honing your craft and making your writing sing while enjoying the pristine beauty of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The camp includes:

13 hours structured workshop/seminar class time
1:1 mentoring
Workbook and handout materials
4 hours of informal discussions with visiting, working authors
Time to learn, write, reflect and enjoy the island

Seminar/workshop descriptions:

Friday: Manifesting Your Creativity

Discover why you want to write, your passion, and your purpose
Learn how to deal with the “inner critic”
Practice exercises for accessing your creativity and maintaining “the flow”
Explore practical “pen to paper” creative techniques
Find your characters using the character sketch
Develop your story timeline with storyboarding
Conceive your setting (real or imaginary)
Practice creativity on demand with flash writing exercises.
Islandpath stone exercise: access your higher self, gain deeper knowing, and creative flow

Saturday: Developing Your Craft

A discussion of mythic structure’s importance in developing the story
Plot organization strategies
The proper use of scenes, sequels and bridges, the climax scene
Characters, their defining traits, incorporating them into the plot
Setting as a character and dramatic device
The dramatic scene, building tension, create questions to move the story
The theory of illumination and advancement
The dreaded “showing versus telling” trap

Sunday: Living the Writing Life

Finding the proper time and space to write.
Recognizing your creative cycle.
Thinking like a writer
Formulating personal writing goals
How to examine your chosen genre
Building a road map for a successful writing life


Go HERE to register!

Venue: The Lightkeepers House, 61 Creek Road, Ocracoke, NC 27960
Cost: $400 to be paid in full at time of registration

Housing: The Lightkeepers House has a few selected rooms available for rent. For more information and to apply for residence please contact Ruth Fordon ruth@islandpath.com. Other housing can be found within walking distance in Ocracoke Village https://ocracokeguide.com

Deadlines & other considerations:

April 1 – registration deadline

April 1 – camp cancellation if minimum number of attendees not met

April 1 – no refund for attendee cancellation but may substitute another attendee

March 15 – attendee cancellation with full refund Minimum attendees: 10 to ensure supportive group dynamics

Maximum attendees: 15 to ensure individualized attention

Daily Schedule:

12:00 Venue open for arrivals
5:00 – 7:00 meet/greet, wine/cheese, hand outs
Friday: Manifesting Your Creativity
9:00 – 12:00 class
12:00 – 3:00 lunch, personal writing, island exploration
3:00 – 5:00 class
6:00 – 7:00 non-mandatory – creativity experience with Danielle Creeksong.
Saturday: Developing Your Craft
9:00 – 12:00 class
12:00 – 3:00 lunch, personal writing, island exploration
3:00 – 5:00 class
6:00 – 7:00 non-mandatory . local writers discuss & answer questions about their creative process. Attendees who have published are welcome share their experiences
Saturday: Developing Your Craft
Sunday: Living the Writing Life
9:00 – 12:00 class
1:00 check out


The Lightkeepers House
Wi-Fi internet connection in all rooms. A large well-equipped communal kitchen is available for preparing meals and snacks.
(Complimentary tea, sugar, basic staples, coffee maker, microwave, toaster). A grocery store is in the town.

About Karen Jones

Author, broadcast journalist and freelance writer Karen Jones has taught writing seminars at the University of Richmond, Christopher Newport University, Louisiana State University and Old Dominion University. She currently teaches writing workshops, writes scripts for a major media company, and teaches weekend writing camps for adults on Ocracoke Island, NC. Her published works include both fiction and nonfiction:  Up the Bestseller Lists! A Hands-On Guide to Successful Book Promotion, Kingdom of Hearts, The Highland Witch, and Death for Beginners.

In addition, she has written for various publications including Virginia Super Lawyer, The Daily Press, Tidewater Women and has had her short work, “Chic’s Beach” performed by Playwrights Premiere Theatre.

Jones is a veteran of radio and television, having spent fifteen years at WVEC, an ABC affiliate as an on-air anchor and feature reporter.  She also wrote and produced the series “The Haunting of Virginia” which won an Associated Press Award. She has directed the Chesapeake Writer’s Conference and belongs to the American Pen Women and The Authors Guild.

 We hope you can join us!!!    CLICK TO REGISTER  

Questions?  kjwriter@hotmail.com