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welcome to the 2021
4-day writing retreat

with Ela Thier

June 13-16, 2021

Retreat is free.

offered once a year.

writing retreat
Photo: "Bad Writing" written & directed by Ela Thier, starring Ela Thier & Rocío Mendez.

For screenwriters at all levels of experience.

We meet virtually.
Join us from anywhere.

Can't fit 4 days of writing into your life?

Join the club.

ALL SESSIONS ARE VIRTUAL & OPTIONAL

Join as many or as few of the writing sessions as you wish, whenever you wish, stay as long as you wish to fit your schedule (or mood)!

SUNDAY, JUNE 13

7pm – 12am ET
(4pm – 9pm PT)

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14-16

9am – 2pm ET
(6am – 11am PT)

7pm – 12am ET
(4pm – 9pm PT)

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If you join us for just one hour in the course of four days: it will move you forward.

If you join none of the writing sessions; if all you do is receive my writing assignments for four days and do nothing with them – just viewing the assignments and reading other writers’ updates in our facebook group will move you forward. Guaranteed.

WARP SPEED

If you’re a professional writer and writing blocks aren’t an issue, thank you for the work! I invite you join us because the experience will permanently ease and enrich your life.

"My mind is blown. I’ve been a really bad procrastinator, but in two sessions I’ve written more pages than I have in years!"
Kyle Anderson
"I just need to show up, and even if I’m feeling lost/stuck/purposeless, I usually end up feeling encouraged by other writers. Because I show up, little steps of progress are made. Every time."
Willow
Willow
"These sessions have been life changing."
Max Faugno

Join the retreat and receive instant access to my pre-recorded mini-course on eliminating writing blocks and building an enjoyable writing practice.

MINI COURSE WILL GO OVER THE FORMAT OF THE RETREAT, SO YOU’LL SHOW UP KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT TO DO.

get connected.

get unstuck.

get to work.

Ela Thier, The Independent Film School_1

Your guide

My name is Ela Thier, and I’m proud of the dozens of shorts and features that I’ve written. I’m proud of those that went on to receive standing ovations, major awards, and positive reviews in popular publications.

I’m also proud of the great scripts that have yet to be produced. And I’m especially proud of the bad and mediocre scripts that I had to write along the way in order to build my skills and arrive at the amazing ones.

I’m especially proud of the thousands of passionate screenwriters that I have trained since 2006. Some were experienced, and many had never written before.

It’s been one of my life’s greatest joys to watch screenwriters build skills and confidence, and discover just how talented they really are.

"Writing dates have been helping not just with productivity but with a boost in self esteem for showing up. I’m inspired by the gentle accountability of this community."
Dragonfly, testimonial
Dragonfly
"I am a parent of five children; haven’t been able to write... I’m always amazed at the progress I make when working with other people."
Cameron Kelly
"You are such a generous teacher and this is making such a difference in my writing. For the first time, I think I might finish a project.
Shelagh McNally testimonial
Shelagh McNally

Why is this retreat free? What’s the catch?

The retreat is free for two reasons. Firstly, writers shape the course of history, and you’re one or you wouldn’t be here reading this page. If you’re not writing as often as you’d like to be, or at all, it would make my world a better place to help get you unstuck and doing your work.

Secondly, I do promote paid programs and will be running a promotion on my masterclass for screenwriters in late June. If the course is a good fit for you, I’ll tell you about it. If it’s not a fit, no worries. Most of what I offer is free, and I’m happy to be able to offer it.