Story Camp

Women’s Writing Retreat
St. George Island, Florida
January 21 to 26, 2020

Honor Yourself and Your Creative Spirit

Join me for 4 days and 5 nights—fully dedicated to you and your writing— in a beautiful beach house on St. George Island, Florida.

This retreat provides 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 quiet, focused time to use your creative voice in a safe, encouraging, and supportive environment.

You’re eligible to attend STORY CAMP if you’ve attended a workshop or other event hosted by Around the Writer’s Table, if I’ve been your coach or worked with you to edit a manuscript.

Several invitation-only slots are usually open as well, so contact me now and we’ll chat to see if this is an event that would serve you and your writing practice.

Writers with a work-in-progress find this experience particularly inspiring. It’s also a great place to kickstart a new project.

To get your questions answered or receive an application, email me at or call 850-766-6029.

I need this.

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 registered 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 don’t have to be a published author to attend but you must be a current or past client or student of Around the Writer’s Table. You must have worked with Gina, either to edit a manuscript or with her as your writing/creativity coach. Participants in our previous retreats, workshops, or other events also are eligible, based on availability. Space is limited with no more than 10 attendees each year.

Some attendees come with a work-in-progress. Some come seeking inspiration for their next work. All genres, fiction and nonfiction, are welcome. Bring a writing project you wish to work on during the retreat or allow the muse to strike once you’re here. Prompts are available for those who like to use them.

Mainly, come with a deep interest in self-expression, an eagerness to learn the writing craft, and a desire to benefit from the company of other women writers. Plan to savor the time with like-minded authors. The writing vibration in this house is, well, awesome!

My creative spirit needs this. Oh yes, I need this!

Workshop Topics

Many aspects of writing are not genre-dependent, so the mini-workshops will support whatever type of writing you do. The topics change from year-to-year based on participant needs.

The workshops might address topics such as using sensory details to give your reader a deeper experience, how to write dialogue, the concept of “Show, Don’t Tell,” how to create scene, 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.

Our Fabulous House

The retreat is 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.

I want to reserve my space!

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

We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in.

~Julia Cameron

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 2020

Tuesday, Jan. 21 to Sunday, Jan. 26

Enrollment Limited to 10

Check-in: Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 21), anytime after 4pm

Check-out: We wrap up the retreat Sunday morning (Jan. 26), allowing for travel time Sunday afternoon

A $100 security deposit holds your space now!

The balance is due on or before November 30, 2019.

What’s Included:

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

What Isn’t Included:

  •  Air and ground transportation to/from the Retreat House
  • Personal, medical, or trip cancellation insurance
  • Souvenir shopping, other activities or outings not specifically listed or organized by the retreat leader
Remember, this retreat is exclusively for AtWT clients and students.

Accommodations include your choice of a king bed or a twin, based on availability at the time you register. Since final reservations come in quickly, please contact Gina for official availability and the discounted rate information. Rates vary based on room and bed selection.

Though all rooms are shared, everyone has their own bed. All bedrooms have sliding doors onto decks overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Beds/rooms are assigned on a first come-first served basis, so reach out to me now! Reserve your spot with a $100 deposit and the balance is due by November 30, 2019.

I’m packing now.

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellation is made before November 1, 2019, 50% of your deposit would be refunded ($50).
  • Cancellation between November 1 and 15, 2019, would result in a loss of your deposit ($100).
  • Cancellation between November 16 and December 15, 2019, would result in a loss of 50% of the retreat price.
  • After December 15, 2019, the retreat is non-refundable.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing.

We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum (if we do so, your deposit is refunded in full). Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended whenever making travel plans. We suggest Travel Guard Insurance, which offers several policy options.

Any Questions?

About Gina

You know me! I’m your retreat leader GINA EDWARDS, a Certified Creativity Coach, Editor, Author, and founder of Around the Writer’s Table. I offer a guiding hand to authors and share my knowledge with the heart of a teacher.

I want authors to understand that even though writing is a solitary endeavor, you never have to travel your journey alone. I can help you navigate the path with joy and fulfillment and create a writing life based on your own desires and visions, not on the expectations of others.

Whether you want to establish a new writing practice, write as a hobby, or are a professional author, I’ll guide you on your writer’s journey.


Still have questions? Contact me at or 850-766-6029.

What are you waiting for?