LONG BEACH - A winning combination of a seven-day residency, an experienced writing coach, Barbara Haines Howett, and an award-winning writer, Gina Ochsner, is being offered to writers April 23-30 on the Peninsula.

Attendees will spend mornings writing and afternoons in one-to-one sessions with Howett or engaged in writing exercises. "The main feature of the retreat is that it is a residency where an experienced writer is on site for consultation while the work is being created if problems or questions arise for the writer," says Howett, author of "Ladies of the Borobudur," contributor to "Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul" and "Poets & Writers."

Ochsner, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Raymond Carver prize and other literary honors, will talk with the participants about taking risks with their writing and will work with them on individual pieces of work.

Formerly a journalist, Howett taught creative writing at the college level for more than a decade and serves as mentor and writing coach for a number of writers. Her fiction has been published in Arts & Letters, New Millennium Writing, Kaleidoscope, Phoebe and Amuse Magazine.

The retreat is offered at A Rendezvous Place Inn Bed and Breakfast in Long Beach. Innkeepers David and Myong Haines will provide private rooms with luxury beds, 13 meals and afternoon tea for participants.

On a free day in mid-week, the writers will enjoy the quiet beaches, shops, restaurants and historic sites in the area. "Our writers will experience a serene atmosphere in an historic coastal community" Howett says.

Early registration is advised. For daily schedule, photos and fee structure, visit (www.rendezvousplace.com).

As part of the "Books by the Bay" series, sponsored by Independent Books, Inc., of Long Beach, Ms. Ochsner will also read from her works at a noon luncheon, Saturday, April 29, at the Moby Dick Hotel and Oyster Farm Restaurant, Nahcotta. Reservations for the luncheon can be obtained by calling (360) 642-8438. Cost is $40.

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