Palm Springs Retreats with Tammy Coia

Palm Springs One Day Workshops

(Jump to the September Retreat).

    • All workshops $125.00 (unless noted) and held at Heritage Palms Country Club from 10 am – 4 pm
      • Sundays will be an all you can eat brunch and all other days are a beautiful plated lunch
      • Online Club Members Take $10.00 off each workshop
    • Sunday February 25 (Private Home) $100.00
      • This one day workshop will be the Amherst Method and Potluck for lunch from 10 am – 3 PM
      • Fun day of creative writing prompts and exercises
    • Sunday March 18th (6-7-8-9 Series)
      • 6 tips on hooking your reader right away
      • 7 essential elements needed in setting your scene
      • 8 strategies for creating great fiction
      • 9 steps in writing s short story that will capture your reader
    • Sunday April 22nd
    • I will be leading a class on writing your ethical will, it is probably one of the most important lessons I teach.  I will also be leading a discussion on writing from our inner selves and sparking that creativity in writing and then I will lead a workshop on 4 questions that will deepen your dialogue in your writing and finally I will talk about the healing power of writing when we choose to uncover and discover what really matters.  Jackie O’ Sullivan, the editor extraordinaire will lead a one hour workshop on editing that will be most beneficial!  Reserve your space now!
    • Wednesday June 13th Memoir A-Z (Writing honestly, Questions to think about before you begin, Tone and purpose, What makes your story unique? and How to structure your memoir)
    • Wednesday July 18th Memoir A-Z (Theme in Memoir, Determining a starting point, Putting your memories in order, How to get your readers to care about your story, Sensory detail and Building your character arc)
    • Saturday November 3rd Creative Writing Class in a private home This workshop is limited to 8 writers and will be a fun day from 10-3 pm.
    • Sunday November 4th Located at Heritage Palms Country Club with a delicious brunch I will be teaching 8 lessons on writing:
    • Memoir – 6 creative ways to tell a powerful story
    • 2 skills you need to start AND complete your work
    • 7 techniques to help you write better
    • Why writing short stories can make you a better writer
    • Finding that balance between showing and telling
    • How to write those painful memories
    • Tips that will keep your reader turning the pages
    • Powerful techniques to bring your story to life.


Let’s Make a Commitment to Writing!

Palm Springs Retreat

September 9-15, 2018

All inclusive which means, just bring your suitcase and your computer or notebook and sit back and relax! 3 meals a day plus snacks. Your own private room and we will be staying in a gorgeous home with private pool in the palm springs area!

Cost: $3,000 (airfare not included)(Book Before July 1 and save $500!)

Day Campers (for local residents) lunch/workshop $750.00 (Book before July 1 and save $150!)

This sun drenched desert oasis vacation destination is returning to its glory days as a Hollywood playground, a central gathering spot for modern architectural design aficionados, musicians and artists drawn by nature’s inspiration, and an increasing crowd of cool-seekers.

Palm Springs is home of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Modernism week and music festivals such as Coachella and Stagecoach. Visit nearby Sunnylands with its public garden and walking paths inspired by Van Gogh or take the tram up the San Jacinto mountain and see all the beauty of the valley.

Palm Springs is an ideal get away for a writing retreat. The pace is relaxed, the colors are saturated by the warm desert light, and the living is easy. Nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, the City of Palm Springs is the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The streets, lined with palm trees, are perfect for exploring boutique shops, art galleries and museums while soaking up the warm sunshine.


In 2018 We’re staying at “End of the Trail”, a gorgeous retreat home in LaQuinta CA.

Palm Springs, California lies on the western edge of the Coachella Valley, within the Colorado Desert. Located approximately 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 140 miles northeast of San Diego, it's an easy two hour drive by freeway. The permanent year-round Palm Springs population is 45,000, and doubles during the winter season. To the east of Palm Springs, are several other desert cities including Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio. Climate and Geography Palm Springs has more than 350 days of sunshine with less than 5 inches of rain! Winter temperatures average in the 70s with nights in the mid-40s. The dry desert heat of summer pushes daytime temperatures into the 100s, which is enjoyed by sun seekers from around the globe.

The geography of Palm Springs is what creates the famed warm, dry climate. At 487 feet above sea level, Palm Springs is sheltered by the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the north, the Santa Rosa Mountains on the south, and the San Jacinto Mountains to the west. With its towering 10,831 foot Mt. San Jacinto and the lush, inspirational Indian Canyons, this is an exquisite place for writers to find themselves.



Palm Springs International Airport, just two miles from downtown, welcomes over 1.5 million passengers a year from throughout the U.S. and Canada.  This is the way to fly… shorter lines, friendly staff, and yes, the amazing view of the mountains. It’s been described as one of the most “hassle-free” airports in the U.S., and once you fly into PSP, you’ll know why.

Ontario International Airport is just over an hour northwest. Within approximately a two-hour drive are the Los Angeles International Airport, Orange County-John Wayne Airport, Burbank Airport, Long Beach Airport and San Diego-Lindberg Field. No matter how you get here, or how far you’ve come, it will be well worth the trip.

Let’s Make a Commitment to Writing!

"Because of Tammy I have found confidence in my writing and feel blessed to be honored in such a way. I have found my voice. I have found freedom! I recommend anyone for whatever reason to expand their life and sign up for her writing workshops or classes. You'll be amazed at how good you are and how everyone has a story worth telling. Sign up and set your voice free!"
Wendy Price, Palm Desert, CA

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

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