Seventh Heaven Writing Retreat near Zion National Park, Utah – July 18-22, 2018

Let the transcendent beauty of Zion National Park in Utah be your inspiration for this generative and restorative retreat for writers of fiction and creative nonfiction.  Whether you’re writing essays, memoir, short stories or a novel, this retreat is designed to help you deepen and refine your work-in-progress, emerging with clarity and vision.

Acclaimed writer and TEDx speaker Carolyn Dawn Flynn provides a mentored critique, individual consultations and group talks on story architecture, narrative flow and craft—all in a soul-stirring setting amid the coral sandstone cliffs of southern Utah.

Accompanying her is art and creativity coach Linda April Flynn (yes, that’s my sister!), who will lead writers through a visual journaling and story mapping exercise.

The retreat offers time to generate new, focused pieces and a strategic plan for your work-in-progress. One afternoon will feature a nature walk-and-write in Zion National Park. Evenings will feature participant readings and sharing under a three-quarter moon on a cool desert night.


Blended naturally into a landscape of vivid red rock cliffs and canyons of southern Utah, Red Mountain Resort has everything you need to relax, renew and rediscover your passion for adventure. As one of the most ideally located resorts in St. George, Utah, Red Mountain Resort allows for customized adventures to Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks, while Snow Canyon State Park is only 0.25 miles down the road.
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4 nights/5 days lodging and all meals at Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah

Nature walks to Snow Canyon State Park (optional)

Afternoon yoga (optional)

Hike to Lower Emerald Pools,  Zion National Park

Labyrinth walk and reflection

Mentor critique and strategic plan

Visual journaling and story mapping exercises

Individual consultations

Group consultations on scene-building and story arc targeted to your work


Double occupancy $1,995

Single occupancy $2,295

AFTER JUNE 21 (subject to availability)

Double occupancy $2,095

Single occupancy $2,395

DEPOSIT OF $995 secures your spot.

REMAINING BALANCE to be paid by June 21.

Ask about merit-based scholarships. We do have one available!

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carolynflynn.com    |     Known as The Story Catalyst, Carolyn Flynn is winner of the 2014 Rick Bass/Montana Prize for Fiction; author of “Resurrection,” published in Fourth Genre; semifinalist for the 2016 Elixir Press Fiction Prize for first novel. See her TED talk, “Tell a Better Story, Live a Better Life” here.

ABOUT APRIL    |    Since the beginning, April has been a creative thinker and free spirit,  whether she is painting art, building mosaics, creating jewelry or playing Rachmaninoff on our mother’s Steinway grand piano. In between, she’s worked as a psychotherapist and critical care cardiac nurse. She knows how to thread a lifeline to your imagination and your singular story to tell. Her writing has been published on You & Me magazine, and her illustrations have been featured in Psychiatric Times.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s included in the tuition?

4 nights/5 days lodging and all meals at Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah

Nature walks to Snow Canyon State Park (optional)

Afternoon yoga (optional)

Hike to Lower Emerald Pools,  Zion National Park

Labyrinth walk and reflection

Mentor critique and strategic plan

Visual journaling and story mapping exercises

Individual consultations

Group consultations on scene-building and story arc targeted to your work

What’s not included?

Airfare and transportation to Red Mountain Resort

What are the accommodations like?

This is a four-star resort with many amenities included in the rate.

The resort includes options for single or double occupancy. Villas are available at a higher rate.

Check out the accommodations here.

What kind of food will be served?

All meals are included in the rate. Red Mountain Resort is a wellness spa, and the restaurants can accommodate any dietary needs.

The restaurant has spectacular views, and patio seating is available. Please let us know ahead of time of dietary needs.

We picked the place because we knew they would take care of you and the food would be delicious!

When should I arrive?

We begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, but you are free to arrive earlier to take in the area. The group rate can be extended to three days before the retreat or three days after.

May I check in late?

Yes, just let the resort know. And let us know, too. Upon registration, you’ll receive our personal email and cellphone so you can let us know of any flight or travel delays?

When I arrange the flight, what’s my best city destination?

Las Vegas, Nevada, is the closest major airport, but you’ll have to rent a car or a shuttle to get to Red Mountain Resort. You may want to do that, to see extra scenery such as the Virgin River Canyon (on the way) or Bryce Canyon National Park (east of Zion). It’s two-hour drive from Las Vegas.

If you don’t want to rent a car, you don’t have to. You can fly directly into St. George, Utah, and a shuttle from Red Mountain will pick you up at the airport.

Direct flights to St. George are available from Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

More information about getting there is on the Red Mountain Resort site, along with shuttle recommendations. Link here: https://www.redmountainresort.com/map-and-directions


What should I pack?

This is summer in the Utah desert, with temperatures in the 90s (dry heat, no humidity) at the peak of the day, dipping into a glorious cool 67 to 70 degrees at night. Carolyn is a desert dweller, and the heat is nothing, and the desert nights are a gift from God.

For outdoor adventures, the resort recommends wearing removable layers, as mornings may be cool and warm quickly. Wear hiking boots or shoes that are lightweight and well-vented with traction; avoid sandals or anything open-toe. Also wear good wool or synthetic hiking socks; we advise against cotton.

Bring a sweater or denim jacket for evenings on the patio. When the sun goes down, it’s quite nice but can feel very cool.

Pack sunscreen, and a water bottle that you fill up and drink from constantly. It’s vital to stay hydrated in the desert.

It rarely rains, but bring a raincoat, just in case!

Definitely bring a sun hat and sunglasses.

What kind of physical condition do I need to be in?

The official hikes are mild to moderate, limited to paved trails and under two miles. There is an option to go further to Middle Emerald Pools at Zion National Park.

Yoga and nature walks are available at Red Mountain Resort during unstructured time, included in the price.


What about the spa treatments?

Spa treatments are available at the resort, at your own expense, during unstructured time in the afternoon. Spa treatments include facials, warm Himalayan salt massage, vibrational sound therapy, Thai massage and cranial sacral therapy.

What is your smoking policy?

No smoking allowed

Do tell. What are the other amenities on the site?

A pool, three whirlpools, a spiral labyrinth and walking trails

Oh good, do we get to do the labyrinth?

Yes, we do. We wouldn’t miss that for the world. We will lead a walking meditation and mindful writing practice at the labyrinth one morning to begin the day.

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