Join us for a virtual ‘Writing Cruise’ March 28 – April 5

Our friends at The Creative Academy for Writers, including SiWC board member Crystal Hunt and regular presenter Eileen Cook, as well as lots of other familiar and wonderful people, are going above and beyond, opening their usually paid community to all writers for FREE during what would have been our SiWC at Sea cruise week. The idea came out of them wanting to do something for our cruise attendees who aren’t getting to cruise, but they’ve gone further and opened it up to all writers. We’re incredibly touched by their generosity. Please read Eileen’s post below and go check them out! See you there!


By Eileen Cook

At this difficult time many of us are pausing to thank those on the front lines. First responders, health care workers, day care providers, cashiers in grocery stores, and those that have volunteered to help those in need. You may think there’s nothing you can do. That you’re “just a writer.”

But as a writer you have also been called to do your part. And let’s be honest, we’ve all been working in our sweatpants at home by ourselves for a long time. We’re uniquely qualified to rise up.

We are writers.

We have the skill and ability to express what’s happening and how we feel. We give words to others who are struggling to understand their emotions. When this over (and some day it will be over) it is writers who will have transcribed the experience, who will provide a way to understand it for all who come after.

We are writers.

We provide the stories that create opportunities for distraction and escape. More than ever people need stories of romance, fantasy, science fiction, travel and everything else our imagination can dream up. We provide that enjoyment and give joy to others.

We are writers.

We use the act of creation to define ourselves and to make sense of our own reality. Writing provides us with an escape and a purpose.

We are writers.

We are stronger together. We get that these are challenging times, but we want to support you to meet that challenge. Creatively.

Join us on a Virtual Writing Cruise hosted by the Creative Academy for Writers from March 28 – April 5. It will come as no surprise to any of you that SiWC people are good, generous, kind people, and you’ll recognize many of our speakers as conference regulars. We’ve got a stellar lineup of world class talent lined up to deliver workshops, panels and Q+A sessions throughout the week, as well as some time set aside to write together.

This is all at no cost to you because we have The. Best. Community.

We are writers.

Let’s come together. Embrace learning. Celebrate creation. Encourage each other. We look forward to seeing you there.

Your FREE boarding pass is waiting for you:

Creative Academy virtual “Writing Cruise”

Crystal Hunt, Donna Barker and Eileen Cook



  1. I’m in.

  2. Thank you!

  3. I know it’s already begun and I don’t see a place other than this to sign up. Please consider me.

    Sorry that the whole world has gone sideways. I know how much work it is to set up a conference.

    • kc dyer

      The link at the bottom is clickable, Mar. Here it is again: CA Writing Cruise