Lake Michigan Writer's Workshop, 2019 

Oct. 31 - Nov. 3, 2019

                     The workshop is Full!

To apply, email

In a cozy cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan, I'll be leading an intimate group of 12-14 writers in intensive inspiring classes and workshops designed to grow your creativity and deepen your writing skills.


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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 eleven books, including The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty and Strength, 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!  Leslie is a speaker as well, addressing topics of faith, art and culture at conferences, universities, retreats, and churches around the world. She has been editing, teaching and mentoring writers for more than thirty years. A number of her students 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 instruction each day 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: $800 for all classes and lunches.

*Lodging, breakfast and dinner are on your own. (But onsite attractive and affordable beachfront housing is available for 12 people. Email Heather here:

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