Park City, Utah Retreats: Come To Sundance!

Tammy Coia Writing Retreats in Park City, Utah! Come to Sundance!

Park City is one of three cities hosting the annual Sundance Film Festival.

Marianne C. Bohr Gap Year GirlWhat a gift to be part of your Ethical Will workshop for an entire day! You got us “to go deep” — tears, laughter and all — as we wrestled with writing about things that are most important to us for those we love most. I find myself thinking about our heartfelt discussions days after the workshop. I’ve already started writing my will and am taking such pleasure in its creation.

Marianne C. Bohr

The power of your workshop was in the human connections we made to share intimate stories and to have the courage to read them out loud with others.  I very much enjoyed our time with you.

Jan O’Neill


This past October I had the privilege of teaching two one-day workshops in Park City.  The participants were members of writing groups in both Salt Lake City and in Park City.  I was asked to lead one of my most popular workshops on How to Write an Ethical Will. As I was there teaching I visited Sundance.  This is the place made popular by Robert Redford and realized this would be an amazing backdrop to host one of my retreats. Look for dates for fall of 2019 to come and write in one of the most beautiful places in the world! Enjoy the colors of fall in Utah. Extend your trip and visit one of the 4 National Parks within driving distance! Here is a little history on Sundance:

 In 1969, Robert Redford bought the land now known as Sundance and envisioned the careful growth of a community committed to the balance of art, nature and community. Today, Sundance offers an atmosphere steeped in cultural heritage. Inspired by the Ute tribes that first inhabited this canyon and continuing through the early 20th century as the Stewarts, a family of Scottish immigrants homesteaded the area. The second generation of Stewarts developed the mountain into a small ski resort called Timp Haven.

Investors began eyeing the picturesque locale as a place to erect expansive condominiums, but Redford wanted “to develop a little and preserve a great deal.” Rejecting advice from New York investors to fill the canyon with an explosion of lucrative hotels and condominiums, Redford saw his newly acquired land as an ideal locale for environmental conservation and artistic experimentation.

In 1981, the Sundance Institute was founded here at Sundance Mountain Resort, followed by the Sundance Catalog in 1988. Many writers, directors, actors and artists have been inspired by the beauty of this canyon. Years of experimentation and refinement have ultimately resulted in what we now call Sundance.  It’s Sundance’s ability to blend process and place that makes it dynamically unique and places it on uncharted waters on a steady course all of its own.

Robert Redford“People here come from all walks of life, but one belief is shared: our community should represent who we are and what we believe. Sundance is an arts community, a recreational community, a community of people who appreciate the beauty of nature and feel the responsibility to preserve it. We want to help you find those elements of the Sundance experience which will most meet your needs and your dreams. As you’ll see, Sundance has many shapes, many moods, and many possibilities. Somewhere in our community awaits an experience which belongs to you and we are committed to helping you find it.”

– Robert Redford


Sundance 2019 Retreat! August 30 – September 3

Plan to fly in on Friday, August 30th for a Welcome Dinner Reception!

The next 3 days will be an intensive workshop where you will have the opportunity to write and learn and share with other writers.  All meals are included (alcohol is not).

Make your flight to leave on Tuesday, September 3 or you can choose to stay a few days to drink in the beauty of Sundance.

This is for a basic single occupancy room, breakfast, lunch and dinner at the exclusive Sundance Resort and 3 days of some amazing writing workshops and collaboration with fellow writers:

$3,000 per person.

If you are an online writing club member or a return retreat member take an additional %10 percent off price!





I was asked to bring the ethical will workshop to Park City when I shared this story with Ariela, one of my writing students who was the host and coordinator of my trip: It happens a little too often lately but time and time again I get the daughters (and some sons) of my students who have passed and they say to me, “thank you for helping our mom write her ethical will. This letter has meant the world to us.”


This workshop on the ethical will is probably one of the most important ones that I teach.

The ethical will lesson (a love letter to your family and how to write it) will show you the importance of leaving your legacy to your family in the form of a written letter in your own handwriting.

An ethical will is the tool that enables you to address the question, “What do I want my loved ones to know.”
It is your words that will link the past, present and future generations of your family.

With that said, an ethical will is not an easy thing to write.  In doing so, one confronts oneself. It is an inward journey of soul searching to see what those essential truths are you have learned in a lifetime, you look at your failures and consider what are the things that really matter. An ethical will can best be described as leaving advice.  It is basically a re-statement of the lessons you have learned in your lifetime.

Join Tammy L. Coia for a day of exploration as we write our own Ethical Will and we also will explore memoir and how you can begin today to start documenting your life.  Find out when I will be leading my next workshop on The Ethical Will in 2019!

The ethical will is just one of the many workshops that I lead when I teach retreats.  I am constantly adding to my curriculum with many new workshops. New featured workshops for 2019 that I am working on currently are workshops on finding your voice, building strong characters, plot arcs, how to build tension throughout your work, more ways to show and not tell, and many more lessons on building the best memoir you can.  Tammy leads workshops in both fiction and non-fiction.  Below are pictures from the private retreat I held in Park City last October, 2018.


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"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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