Person, Place, and Storytelling


Welcome, Writers!

The  Colton House Writers Retreat: People, Place, and Storytelling is open to ten selected writers. Led by bestselling authors and former NPR correspondents Jacki Lyden and Eric Weiner  (Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, Geography of Bliss ) you’ll work on the elements that bring a story alive, and bring a manuscript to fruition. 


There will be craft talks, learning the art of the interview, finding your voice, and generative prompts. Writers will meet in group review each afternoon in this lovely 1920's arts and crafts home. It was founded by Mary- Russell Ferrell Colton and her husband Dr. Harold S. Colton, two visionaries who loved the Colorado Plateau and started the Museum of Northern Arizona: the perfect spot for Jacki's concentration on person -- and Eric's on place.

We’ll  be on the breathtaking Colorado Plateau, near the Painted Desert, San Francisco Peaks, and Petrified Forest. Hiking trails for the Rio de Flag begin at the the museum’s door into cool ponderosa pines.

Also, get your kicks-- there's Route 66! ! 


The price is $2650, including a $500 deposit upon acceptance. (Monies are non-refundable.) Price covers lodging, tuition, a geography talk and walk, and all make-your-own breakfasts. Lunches and dinners are additional. We are in Flagstaff, AZ. The workshop begins Tuesday evening Oct. 29 and concludes Sunday afternoon Nov. 3. We have room for a tenth writer if two persons wish to share and we will adjust the price accordingly. Please contact us by Sept. 15.