Melanie Bishop

Writing, Teaching, Editing, Retreats


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Write & Play in Carmel-by-the-Sea

“I have had a book bouncing around in my head for years, but every time that I sat down to ‘write a book,’ the task was too daunting and I couldn’t figure out where to start.”

Does this sound like you? Is there a book you want to write?

Join us in Carmel for Write & Play, and leave with a chapter, a plan, inspiration and new friends.

Thanks to Write & Play participant Karen Happel for the testimonial excerpted above. To read the rest of Karen’s experience, go to the Testimonial tab.

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Featured Testimonial and October Retreat

Thanks to Karen for this nice comment on her experience.

karen happel retreat 021“I have had a book bouncing around in my head for years, but every time that I sat down to “write a book”, the task was too daunting and I couldn’t figure out where to start. Melanie took the time to correspond with me in the week leading up to my retreat so that she could best individualize the lessons included in my retreat. She taught me the basics that my craft was missing, helped me find inspiration, and started me on my way. I returned home refreshed, rejuvenated, and with the start of a manuscript that makes me very proud. I recommend this experience to anyone who needs a little time away to get in touch with his or her muse.”  –Karen Happel, Orange County, California

Coming soon–a fall retreat!

  • Write & Play in Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • A collaboration of Lexi Retreats and Vagabonds House Inn.
  • October 2nd through 7th, 2016.
  • Early bird discounts for those who register by July 31st.
  • Limited to 14.


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The Halfway Point

Yield to Whim, Djerassi

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Wednesday, April 27th, marks two weeks since arriving at Djerassi Resident Artists Program for a one month stay. Here with ten other artists, all of us working hard, meeting up for amazing dinners every evening (thank you, Dan Tosh!). Total gift.

Check out this program and if you are a writer or visual artist, a dancer or composer, choreographer or filmmaker, put Djerassi on your life list. It does not get better than this.

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