The Lake Michigan Writer's Workshop is back!

November 9-12, 2017

In a cozy cabin on the shores of Lake Michigan, I'll be leading an intimate group of 12 writers in intensive inspiring classes and workshops designed to grow your creativity and deepen your writing skills.

(Update: Only 1 space left! When that's filled, sign up for the WAIT LIST. Often there's a cancellation or 2 as the workshop nears.)

The Details!

*Classes will focus on Creative Nonfiction: memoir, spiritual writing, travel writing, devotionals, essays, articles, blogs.


Leslie Leyland Fields is the multi-award winning author/editor of ten books, including Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas, which won Christianity Today's 2017 Book Award in Christian Living. Her other books include Surviving the Island of Grace (Thomas Dunne), The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God (Cascade Press), and Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers (Thomas Nelson). The Spirit of Food  won three "Best Book of 2010" Awards. Her books have been translated into eight languages. Her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Orion, Best Essays Northwest, Prairie Schooner, and many others earning her Pushcart nominations, the Virginia Faulkner Award, and a Genesis Award. With three graduate degrees (in English, Journalism and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction) she has taught extensively.  Leslie was a founding faculty member of Seattle Pacific University’s MFA program where she taught creative nonfiction for six years. She taught Literature and creative writing at the University of Alaska for fifteen years. The Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop, as well as other writing workshops she leads, enable her to keep mentoring other writers---her favorite activity!  She is on the Editorial Board of Christianity Today; a national and international speaker addressing topics of faith, art and culture at conferences, universities, retreats, and churches throughout the U.S. In 2017-2018, Leslie will be traveling for the year, teaching throughout Europe and South Africa. She has been editing, teaching and mentoring writers for more than thirty years. A number of her students and workshoppers have gone on to publish their manuscripts, (which makes her incredibly proud!)


*Instruction includes a 30 minute one-on-one tutorial session with me.

*SCHEDULE: Four days with 5 hours of informal class each morning including writing exercises, creativity-building, publishing how-to's, the wisdom of blogs, etc. Afternoons are free for writing, walking on the beach, shopping, etc. Evenings we'll gather again for food, drink and readings, sharing our best work with one another and cheering each other on!

*Cost: $500 for all classes and lunches.

*Lodging, breakfast and dinner are separate. (Very affordable lodging at this cabin and nearby on Lake Michigan available. Email

*For more information, and to check on availability, contact Leslie Leyland Fields at