Deep Writing Mendocino

This August, come to the gorgeous northern California coastal town of Mendocino for a week of writing!

I lead deep writing workshops all over the world. No spot is prettier or more evocative than Mendocino, California. Enjoy the coastline, the forests, the quaint town of Mendocino, the bustling art life, the cafés and pubs, and our great venue, the Mendocino Art Center. If you’ve long wanted to take a deep writing workshop, this may be the one for you!

The virtues of the workshop are many. The lessons I provide are truly important and will help you maintain your writing life when you return home. There is no reading or critiquing of what you’re writing, making for a wonderfully safe environment. You’ll get to enjoy the company of like-minded writers. And you’ll spend a week in Mendocino and along the rugged northern California coast, with plenty of time to explore and enjoy.

Be as budget or as luxe as you like. Flights, lodging and meal expenses are on your own. Characteristically we have one (always wonderfully memorable) group dinner, a Sunday evening get-acquainted get-together (which will be hosted by the Mendocino Art Center), and many mini-group gatherings as participants get to know one another, eat and drink together, visit sights together, and make friendships that last a lifetime. There is much more to a deep writing workshop than just the workshop hours!

Come experience it for yourself … and if you’ve participated before, come experience it again!

Please get your deposit in, as this workshop will fill up.


Workshop description

My deep writing workshops are simple in structure and powerful in effect. During the workshop, you relearn how much writing means to you and you make real progress on your chosen project.

A genuinely safe environment is created because participants’ writing is neither shared nor critiqued. Rather, the group receives permission to spend time connecting with and falling back in love with their own writing.

Each writing session begins with an important lesson. You explore the unique challenges that writers face and have the opportunity to resolve longstanding issues around committing, planning and doing, generating mental energy, achieving a centered presence, mastering anxiety, and maintaining a writing life.

This workshop is ideal for writers of every level of experience, from published authors to writers who have yet to begin writing. It is likewise ideal for writers who want to discover what they want to write, who are hoping to get back to a beloved project, or who are immersed in a current project. Give yourself the gift of a week in the embrace of your own writing! 

“Eric Maisel’s Deep Writing Workshop provided me with the wisdom, warmth and encouragement I needed to return to my writing project, along with a no-nonsense rigor that helped me stay with it when the going got tough. Eric is a kind, generous and skilled group facilitator. An expert in his field, he creates a container in which transformation is truly possible.”—Vinita J., 2017 Brighton Deep Writing Workshop.


Praise for  Deep Writing

Paris 2018

“I signed up for Eric’s Deep Writing – Paris workshop after reading three of his books.  I loved the way Eric provided practical information in an engaging manner.  What an experience!  Eric brought a group of novice and seasoned writers together in a way that deepened our understanding of ourselves, our writing practice and our stories.  His understanding of the writing process and human behavior creates the space for creativity to breathe.  A wonderful week of devoted engagement with my writing, inspired learning around how to tame anxiety and get to work, meeting new friends – all surrounded by the beauty of Paris.  I was delighted with the progress made on my first novel – thank you Eric – loved the workshop!”—Colleen Bradley

“This weeklong immersion in writing, talking, and exploring ways to meet the challenges of creativity could not have been better.  In addition to gaining the benefits of Eric’s wisdom, men and women in the group (from six different countries with an age span of more than fifty years) learned from one another and set up a network to continue delivering encouragement during the years to come. How can you improve on that?”—Jan Jones

“There’s something magical that happens when you gather a group of writers together in a foreign city for a week. The way Eric Maisel structures the sessions means that you will get more words down on the page than you might ever have imagined was possible in a short space of time. There’s no critique, just creation coupled with Maisel’s considerable insight into managing yourself and your life as a writer. Highly recommended.”—Anita Chaudhuri 

“Spending a week deep writing in Paris with Eric Maisel and twenty-five other writers is simply the best way to forward your writing practice. The luxury of settling into the energy of the room and dropping into the writing trance, interspersed with lessons from Eric, is a gift you can give yourself that will inspire your writing for months and years to come.”—Jude Walsh

“Eric’s holistic approach to writing encompasses product and process, which is productive in itself, and he willingly shares his wide knowledge of the publishing jungle. His insights into both the challenges and the joys of writing are profound and inspiring.”—Christian Franklin Svennson

“I’ve had two major pedagogical and life-changing experiences in my life. The first was the Jacques Lecoq Theater School that I attended in Paris. The second is Eric Maisel’s Deep Writing Workshop, which definitely is going to keep me on track as a writer.”—Luc De Smet

Previous Workshops

 “I began my novel in one of Eric’s Deep Writing workshops, finished it in another, and quickly sold it for a lovely advance. Eric and his writing workshops have made all the difference in my writing life.” –Eva Weaver, The Puppet Boy of Warsaw

“This was a wonderful week of encouragement and guidance from Eric that helped me get honest about and confront my anxiety about my writing. I am grateful for the opportunity to spend so much time and energy on my writing this week. Not only did this workshop help me develop confidence in my own writing but it opened my eyes to the larger possibilities and whetted my writing appetite.” – Sara L.

“Eric provided a safe forum for writers to really find their tribe. He encouraged us, validated us, and inspired us. His advice was instantly credible and powerfully pragmatic. But more importantly, he gave us time to devote to our work. It would be nearly impossible to walk away from this workshop and not feel inspired and incredibly productive. To all working and aspiring writers, this is a must-attend retreat.” – Bertina N.

“At some point in the workshop, I regained my drive to write and create meaning in both my inner and outer landscapes. Eric’s leadership made that possible for me and facilitated that shift into my newfound sense of identity as a writer. Thank you, Eric!”—Marian R.

“In the last three years I’ve written, crafted, and stressed about three short stories. In the last three days with Eric, I’ve written, edited, struggled with and enjoyed creating three new short stories. What didn’t seem possible to me previously is now an organized set of tangible techniques, strategies, awareness, and work that I’m producing.” – Muireann O.

“Eric knows the writing process from the inside out and that’s how he teaches it. I’ve learned how to quiet my mind, still my body, and focus my intention. The result? 15,000 words written in a single week and a strengthened conviction that it matters.” – Darlene C.

“I came to the workshop with the desire to resume a writing practice. Never in my wildest imagination did I have the intention of starting a book. Guess what? I have started to write a book! Eric’s lessons have broken down barriers—even my imaginary ones—that have prevented me from writing.” – Carol K.

“Fascinating, funny, and unbelievably useful. Finally, an approach to writing that actually works!” – Susan B.

“It’s hard to get going on a writing project. This workshop provides everything that you need: helpful and inspiring lessons, plenty of time to write, and no sharing or critiques. You will be amazed by how much you will accomplish and you will go home with the tools and motivation to keep at it.” – Amy M.

“I didn’t know what I was looking for when I signed up for Eric Maisel’s Deep Writing workshop. By the end of Day 2, I had found it anyway. He gave me the tools to sustain a writing practice and to honor my desire to write. I can’t think of a better endorsement than to say that I hope that my daughter one day encounters Eric.” – Cynthia B.


About Mendocino, California

Here’s how Mendocino describes itself:

“Mendocino is best known for spectacular scenery, seaside Victorian villages and distinctive wineries, although most people come to Mendocino to get away and relax. The majority of our Mendocino Hotels put a large emphasis on pampering their guests! Most offer scrumptious breakfasts, some even in bed, others offer a rejuvenating massage in luxurious Day Spas. Enjoy your stay in one of our romantic Mendocino Inns to unwind for a few days.

“The combination of cool coastal breezes, warm days and the fertile soils of the Mendocino Wine Country help produce world-renowned award-winning Mendocino wines. Spend a relaxing day wine tasting. And Mendocino Village is surrounded on three sides by beautiful ocean bluffs, known as the Mendocino Headlands. There are walking trails that afford incredible views of the ocean and New England-style Victorians that have been lovingly restored into romantic Mendocino Bed and Breakfasts and specialty shops.

Mendocino is the only town on the California Coast that is designated as an Historical Landmark. Established in the 1850’s, the architecture is reminiscent of Maine with its grand Victorians and quaint Saltbox cottages. Flowers grow lush and many of the Mendocino hotels offer beautiful gardens to enjoy. Mendocino is a photographer’s paradise, from crashing waves and old-fashioned water towers to flower-covered picket fences and deserted sandy beaches. That’s some of the magic that awaits you in Historic Mendocino!”

Our workshop venue and the hub of our activities will be the Mendocino Art Center. A beautiful, bustling Mendocino landmark, here’s how it describes itself:

“The Mendocino Art Center is situated 150 miles north of San Francisco overlooking a rugged expanse of the Pacific Ocean in the charming coastal village of Mendocino. A haven for artists since 1959, today the Art Center is a highly regarded artistic and educational institution offering more than 150 retreat-style classes each year in ceramics, fiber arts, fine arts, jewelry and sculpture. The art galleries feature monthly exhibitions spotlighting the creative works of local and national artists. The Mendocino Art Center continues to be at the heart of what makes the Mendocino Coast an enchanting and vibrant place to visit. Rejuvenate your soul and rekindle your spirit in this unique, retreat-like setting.”

If you’re coming from nearby, you know how to get to Mendocino! If you’re coming from further away, you’ll probably come through San Francisco, drive up from San Francisco on the Sunday morning before the workshop begins, enjoy our Sunday evening get-acquainted get-together at the Mendocino Art Center, and spend a wonderful week writing, socializing, and exploring. Whether you are coming from near or far, I look forward to seeing you there!



 Deep Writing Mendocino

Dates: August 12 – 16, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Location: Mendocino, California

Venue: The Mendocino Art Center

Workshop Fee: $595 

This is the workshop fee. All travel, lodging and meals are on your own.

Deposit: $195. The deposit is non-refundable but can be applied to any of Dr. Maisel’s online writing workshops (deep writing, memoir breakthrough, or sharpen your pen)

Remainder: The remainder of $400 is due by June 1, 2019. It is non-refundable but can be applied to any of Dr. Maisel’s online writing workshops (deep writing, memoir breakthrough, or sharpen your pen)

Please get your deposit in now. This workshop will fill up!


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