Monthly Archives: March 2016

Write it in Spain this summer

As you probably know, I’m teaching the Kick Start Your Novel class this summer in Spain.

The organizers have put out this press release about the event. I’m not sure how sweet and innocent I look, but I can assure you, sweet and/or innocent I am not.

This is going to be a rockin’ good time, and you will assemble the skeleton of your new novel before we’re finished.

Come join us.

Kick Start Your Novel in Paradise

New workshop in Moorish Spain will push writers to the next level

She may look sweet and innocent, but don’t let that fool you. Elizabeth Engstrom has a reputation for forcing writers past their preconceived limits.

Engstrom has over a dozen novels and 250 published stories, articles, and essays to her credit. Among her best-known works are Lizzie Borden and Candyland, which is now a movie starring Gary Busey. She has teamed up with Writers & Publishers International (WPI) to offer her Kick Start Your Novel workshop one last time.

Running from June 19th to 25th, Kick Start Your Novel in Spain is the ultimate summer vacation for any serious writer of fiction who is willing to work hard and keep an open mind. Attendees will dramatically improve their writing skills while enjoying the colorful history, food, and culture of southern Spain.

“Not every writer can teach. I know what people need to learn, and I give them this information without subscribing to a formula,” Engstrom says. “I’ve been teaching a long time, and my students get published.”

Those students include Naseem Rakha, whose best-selling novel The Crying Tree got its start in one of Engstrom’s Kick Start Your Novel workshops. Engstrom has taught writing classes in Italy, Ireland, Alaska and the Caribbean, and has been running The Ghost Story Weekend in Oregon for almost 30 years.

“Liz is more than a teacher. She is a mentor, a friend, a coach and an encourager,” says #1 NYT bestselling author Susan Wiggs. “Her teaching becomes part of the blood and bone of a writer’s art.”

Kick Start Your Novel is not for the faint of heart, Engstrom adds.

“My students start off kicking and screaming and resisting, but by the end of the workshop it’s a big love fest,” she says, explaining that the course teaches a completely different way to write. “When you write hot and urgent on the spot, something magic happens.”

Part of that magic lies in the setting itself. Located on the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain in Andalucía, Málaga has been featured in many novels and stories. The birthplace of Pablo Picasso, this region has inspired artists and writers for centuries. Orson Wells was so mesmerized by Málaga that he insisted his ashes be buried there.

Málaga’s exquisite beauty and literary history have resulted in a thriving community of artists and writers. With its rich historic and cultural past, miles of beaches, and stunning mountain villages, this Spanish paradise is guaranteed to inspire.

Writers are encouraged to reserve their spot with a deposit, as there is limited space available and the workshop will sell out quickly.

For more information, please contact:

In North America                                                     In Europe


J.H. Moncrieff, Publicist                                         Tausha Johnson, Program Director                                    

+1-204-453-8215                                                    +34 682798328


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Psychology Today

I’m honored that the amazing Dr. Katherine Ramsland blogged about my new book in her Psychology Today column.

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The book is available in paperback, audio and as an e-book.

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