Story Camp

Women's Writing Retreat

(formerly "Content Creation Camp")

What if someone was holding time & space . . .
especially for you. . .
to finally devote energy to your writing?

Honor Yourself and Your Creative Spirit

Join me for 3 days and 4 nights--fully dedicated to you and your writing--in a beautiful beach house on St. George Island, Florida.

Structured and unstructured time, with optional writing and creativity workshops each morning and afternoon, surrounded by plenty of time for writing, relaxing, de-stressing, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, giving yourself time to reclaim your creative voice in a safe, encouraging, and supportive environment.

Writing and Workshops

Structured time will include mini-workshops, typically an hour or so in the morning and an hour in the evening. Since we strive to meet authors where they are in experience and skills, the frequency, schedule, and topics for the mini-workshops are tailored to the needs of attendees. These sessions are held around the dining room table, in the living room, and/or outside on the expansive decks, weather permitting.

Participation in the mini-workshops is optional. If you are inspired and in flow on your own projects, feel free to continue writing on your own. There is plenty of space around the house to find a secluded writing area during the retreat.

You do not have to be a published author to attend the retreat or even have extensive writing experience. Simply come with an interest in writing, an eagerness to learn more, and a desire to enjoy the company of other writers. Plan to savor the time with these like-minded folks. The writing vibration in this house is, well, awesome!

Attendees will be working on their own varied projects. Some may be writing materials for a nonfiction book (such as memoir, self-help, inspirational), some for their businesses, blogs, or other nonfiction projects. Some will be writing fiction. Bring any writing project you wish to work on during the retreat. Or wait for inspiration to strike once there.

Workshop Topics

Many aspects of writing are not genre-dependent, so the mini-workshops will support whatever type of writing you do. The workshops will address the writing craft, including topics such as how to write dialogue, the concept of "Show, Don't Tell," how to create scene, using sensory details to give your reader a deeper experience, writing transitions, how to use metaphor and simile, and much more. In addition, we will touch on the mind of the writer--the author mindset, what it takes to be an author, author habits and best practices. (These topics are representative of what we will cover, and are subject to change based on participant needs.) If you would like to attend a longer retreat focused specifically on the craft of fiction, please check out the St. George Island Fiction Among Friends Retreats, as well.

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Our Fabulous House

The retreat will be in the lovely beachfront home called “Always Awesome,” in the private and gated community of The Plantation on St. George Island, Florida. Every room has a view of the Gulf of Mexico with access to multiple covered decks, and a short path across the dunes to the wide, sandy beach. We have a wood-burning fireplace in case the January days or nights are cool (yes, the Florida Panhandle in January can often be chilly). Five bedrooms sleep up to ten attendees (room-sharing, but no bed sharing).

The Island and Nearby

St. George Island is a 28-mile-long, 5.25-mile wide, quiet, barrier island surrounded by the Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It is one of the last inhabited, yet unspoiled, barrier islands in Florida. Miles of white, sandy beaches stretch from the Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park to the other end of the island at our retreat site within St. George Plantation. Franklin County has a “Leave No Trace” Ordinance for all beaches so the public beach spaces on the island are pristine.

St. George Plantation is the location of Always Awesome, home to our retreat. In addition to a seemingly endless coastline, the Plantation has walking paths and trails that wind through lovely palms and coastal foliage. You can participate in our group walks or enjoy the beaches and trails on your own at any time during the retreat. As a private, gated community, the Plantation strives to retain the ecological splendor and vigor of the woods and beaches.

Nearby Apalachicola is a charming coastal town, with art galleries, a walking tour, a quaint, locally owned bookstore, and many local seafood restaurants. Apalachicola is in the heart of The Forgotten Coast and offers an authentic taste of the historic villages that dot this portion of the Florida Panhandle coast.

The STORY CAMP retreat is for you if:

  • you want greater clarity about your book idea, and some tools and techniques to keep you writing when you get home
  • you need to escape from your everyday demands to write in peace and quiet without interruption or obligations
  • you have any type of writing project to start or finish
  • you would simply like to escape and unplug from your day-to-day so that you can refresh your creative spirit

If you working on a novel, a short story, poetry, or any other fiction piece, you also might check out the St. George Island Fiction Among Friends Retreats: Click HERE.

Gina Hogan Edwards brings more than
30 years of experience
to support you in your writing journey.

Gina Hogan Edwards
Creativity Coach & Editor

"Gina Edwards has been my creativity and book coach and I'm amazed at the progress I've made in a short time.  I was despairing that I would ever finish the book that's been my brainchild for at least 10 years and now I am a week away from finishing the content."

Kathryn Hathaway
Author of Rise Like the Phoenix: Bankruptcy and The 12 Steps

"I would not have finished my story in Journey to the Stage as strongly without your help, Gina.  You are amazing at your craft."

Vismaya Michele Rubin

"Gina Hogan Edwards is someone I continue to seek out for coaching, editing, and inspiration! She is so patient.  She knows what she's talking about when it comes to writing and getting your story on paper."

Vickie Spray
Author, Owner of Your Life Expressions

Story Camp

"There's no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." ~ Maya Angelou

Feel supported by fellow writers, and experience a fun, relaxing, inspiring atmosphere with positive creative energy.

Focus on your writing skill set & the writing process, content development, and/or self-care & mindset in a safe, confidential, supportive environment.

Our kids get to go to camp. Why shouldn't we?!

Join us in January 2018

Wednesday, Jan. 3 to Sunday, Jan. 7

Check-in: Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 3)
Check-out: We wrap up the retreat Sunday morning (Jan. 7), allowing for travel time Sunday afternoon

Enrollment Limited to 10

Story Camp Tuition

What is included?

Your tuition includes:

  • Lodging, in a spacious oceanfront beach house
  • 3 days of delicious, healthy meals (plus breakfast on Sunday)
  • Beverages and healthy snacks
  • AND all workshops, instruction, & writing sessions

Select your accommodations:

  • A: King/private room, adjoining private bath, 0 available, $997
  • B: King/shared room, adjacent shared bath, only 1 remaining, $897
  • C: Twin or Daybed/shared room, adjacent shared bath, just 1 left, $767
  • D: Bunk/shared room, shared bath in hallway, only 1 available, $657

All bedrooms have sliding doors onto deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
If you are willing to share a king bed with a friend, please call for special rate.
Beds/rooms are assigned on a first come-first served basis.

Since final reservations come in quickly,
please email Gina ( for official availability.

Tuition and Lodging / Make Your Selection

Enrollment Limited to only 10 Writers


PLUS Get These Great Bonuses

  • Bonus #1 5 Tips to Jump-Start Your Writing Practice (pdf)
  • Bonus #2 Creative Practice for Authors (pdf)
  • Bonus #3 5 Tips for Moving Through Fear of Getting Your Book Out of Your Head and Onto Paper (audio)

Any Questions?
Call: 850.766.6029

GINA HOGAN EDWARDS is an editor, creativity coach, and founder of Around the Writer’s Table. She listens to authors' dreams about the stories they long to share and caringly coaches them through the book-writing process. Together, Gina and the author create a personalized writing plan to evade time obstacles, and they develop a customized accountability strategy that provides the writer momentum. She supports and facilitates the author’s efforts to master the art and craft of writing, and navigates them deftly through the phases of editing toward their goal of publication.

The genres of middle grade and young adult fiction, women’s literary and Southern literary fiction, and the nonfiction genres of self-help, spiritual, creative nonfiction, and memoir are her specialties. During her 30-year career in the corporate world, Gina managed and edited newsletters and magazines; advertising, marketing, and conference materials; and technical and scientific reports. She served on the editorial development team for a home and garden magazine and as copy editor for a monthly association magazine.

Gina is a member of the Creativity Coaching Association, the Nonfiction Authors Association, Florida Writers Association, Tallahassee Writers Association, and Women’s Prosperity Network. She is a Certified Professional Speaker through WPN.

Questions? Contact Gina by email at or by phone at 850.766.6029