Join us this April at the Lightkeepers House on beautiful scenic Ocracoke Island, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina as we host this weekend writer's camp!

2019 Island Path Writing Camp

Announcing the Weekend Writing Camp “Creativity & Craft”


April 11-14, 2019    The Lightkeepers House    Ocracoke Island, NC


Presented by Island Path Writing             Karen Jones Instructing


Join author Karen Jones for this 2 ½ day writing adventure where you will explore your creativity and learn techniques to make your writing sing. 


The camp includes: 

13 hours structured workshop/seminar class time

1:1 mentoring

Workbook and handout materials

4 hours of informal discussions with visiting, working authors 

Time to learn, write, reflect and enjoy the island


Seminar/workshop descriptions:


Friday: Manifesting Your Creativity

Discover why you want to write, your passion, and your purpose 

Learn how to deal with the “inner critic” 

Practice exercises for accessing your creativity and maintaining “the flow”

Explore practical “pen to paper” creative techniques 

Find your characters using the character sketch

Develop your story timeline with storyboarding

Conceive your setting (real or imaginary)   

Practice creativity on demand with flash writing exercises.


Saturday: Developing Your Craft

A discussion of mythic structure’s importance in developing the story

Plot organization strategies 

The proper use of scenes, sequels and bridges, the climax scene

Characters, their defining traits, incorporating them into the plot

Setting as a character and dramatic device

The dramatic scene, building tension, create questions to move the story

The theory of illumination and advancement

The dreaded “showing versus telling” trap 


Sunday: Living the Writing Life 

Finding the proper time and space to write.

Recognizing your creative cycle.

Thinking like a writer

Formulating personal writing goals

How to examine your chosen genre 

Building a road map for a successful writing life



Venue: The Lightkeepers House, 61 Creek Road, Ocracoke, NC 27960  

Cost:  $400 to be paid in full at time of registration

Housing:  The Lightkeepers House has a few selected rooms available for rent. For more information and to apply for residence please contact Ruth Fordon, Other housing can be found within walking distance in Ocracoke Village.

Deadlines & other limitations:

         April 1 - registration deadline

         April 1 - camp cancellation if minimum number of attendees not met

April 1 - no refund for attendee cancellation but may substitute another attendee

         March 15 – attendee cancellation with full refund

         Minimum attendees: 10 to ensure supportive group dynamics

         Maximum attendees: 15 to ensure individualized attention



         Thursday:   12:00 Arrival

                           5:00 - 7:00 meet/greet, wine/cheese, hand outs


         Friday:  Manifesting Your Creativity 

                           9:00 - 12:00 class

                           12:00 - 3:00 lunch, personal writing, island exploration

                           3:00 -   5:00 class

                           7:00    non-mandatory -Three local writers discuss and answer questions about their creative process. Or for others in the group who have published, they could also be part of the event.


         Saturday: Developing Your Craft 

                           9:00 - 12:00  class 

                           12:00 - 3:00  lunch, personal writing, island exploration

                             3:00 - 5:00  class 

                            7:00   non-mandatory Q&A with Karen about the process of authoring a book from beginning ideas to published work. 


         Sunday:       Living the Writing Life 

                           9:00 - 12:00 class

                           1:00  check out





The Lightkeepers House

Wi-Fi internet connection in all rooms

A large well-equipped communal kitchen is available for preparing meals and snacks. (Complimentary tea, sugar, basic staples, coffee maker, microwave, toaster). A grocery store is in the town.


About Karen Jones:

Author, broadcast journalist and freelance writer Karen Jones has taught writing seminars at the University of Richmond, Christopher Newport University, Louisiana State University and Old Dominion University. She currently teaches writing workshops, writes scripts for a major media company, and teaches weekend writing camps for adults on Ocracoke Island, NC. Her published works include both fiction and nonfiction:  Up the Bestseller Lists! A Hands-On Guide to Successful Book Promotion, Kingdom of Hearts, The Highland Witch, and Death for Beginners. 


In addition, she has written for various publications including Virginia Super Lawyer, The Daily Press, Tidewater Women and has had her short work, "Chic's Beach" performed by Playwrights Premiere Theatre.


Jones is a veteran of radio and television, having spent fifteen years at WVEC, an ABC affiliate as an on-air anchor and feature reporter.  She also wrote and produced the series “The Haunting of Virginia” which won an Associated Press Award. She has directed the Chesapeake Writer’s Conference and belongs to the American Pen Women and The Authors Guild.











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