Early Bird Pricing for Ghosts, Haunts, and Haints: A Paranormal Writing Weekend

Dare to visit a historic haunted city and ponder the ghostly stories inhabiting the shadowy corners of your mind?

New York TimesBestselling Author Nova Ren Sumaand Medium, Intuitive Healer, and Author Holly Raychelle Hughesinvite you to swing open the creaky door to the fabulous haunted city of Charleston, South Carolina, and join them for a ghostly generative writing retreat June 28–30, 2019.


The retreat includes accommodations at the Embassy Suites in the heart of Charleston, breakfasts, happy hour at the hotel, two ghost tours, a paranormal test to see how sensitive you are to the ghosts around you, generative writing workshops, a self-guided tour of ghostly sightings, and quiet time to write and explore the city.

Nova will lead the intimate group of no more than fifteen writers in ghostly prompts, paranormal craft tips, and creative exercises, with an optional bonus of a 30-minute one-on-one conference with her while Holly will support the group and share all she sees moving around you. And trust her—there will be many entities walking beside you in Charleston. The weekend will also include a visit to the Charleston County Public Library to give writers a background on local history and a taste of the lore of the city.

We must warn you: The Embassy Suites hotel (formerly the Old Citadel, listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings) is rumored to be haunted. Will you see the ghost?


Early bird total cost: $1,200

  • $575 paid directly to hotel for accommodations. Each room is a suite with a kitchenette, living space, and bedroom. Two beds or single king bed options are available—if you apply with a friend, you can book together to save on costs.
  • SPECIAL EARLY BIRD RATE:$625 tuition paid in full (two weeks after acceptance offer ends Feb 1, 2019)
  • $200 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit will be due to hold your spot.
  • Payment plan options available (see below).


  • Email us a 5-page sample of your fiction writing (this can be any genre or age level and does not need to be a ghost story).
  • In your email, please include your writer’s bio and please also address this question: Have you ever seen a ghost? There is no wrong answer.
  • Applications including writing samples should be emailed to Nova and Holly at ghostshauntshaints@gmail.com.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Your application will receive a response within two weeks (14 days) of application, if not sooner. Once you are accepted, you will be emailed more information about the retreat, and the non-refundable deposit will be due within 14 days to hold your spot in the workshop. At that time, a link will be sent so you can book your room directly with the hotel. In order to be guaranteed a room at the discounted rate, you will need to book the room by May 28, 2019.

Applications will close when all 15 spots are full or on May 28, 2019, whichever is sooner.


TheEmbassy Suitesis accessible, but Charleston is a walking city with cobblestone streets. Please be prepared to walk—our guided ghost tours go into jails and cemeteries. Lunch, dinner, and parking are not included; although we are happy to make dinner reservations for the group, please note that the cost is additional.

Writers of all experience levels and publication histories are welcome to apply. The workshop sessions will be generative-only; your writing will not be critiqued by the group. You will have the optional opportunity to gain in-person feedback from Nova during the weekend.

PAYMENT PLAN: We accept payments via: Paypal, Venmo, Zelle.

$200 non-refundable deposit due 14 days after application acceptance

EARLY-BIRD RATE TUITION: $625 tuition paid in full (through 2/1/19)


—$675 (2/2/19–4/30/19) Payment plan includes $200 non-refundable deposit; final payment due before 5/28/19

—$700 (5/1/19-5/28/19)


Holly Raychelle Hughesis an author, intuitive healer, and medium. Her essay It Happened To Me: An Oscar Winner Bullied Me So Badly I Quit The Film Industry went viral on xxoJane.com, was picked up Picked up by Yahoo!, Time.com, The Daily Beast, and passed between Hollywood insiders in the Producers Guild of America, the Director’s Guild of America, and the Screen Actors Guild two years prior to the MeToo! Movement and is still being shared and written about today.

More of Holly’s essays appear on Kveller.com and CafeMom.com. Holly was selected to perform her own personal essay in the nationwide play Expressing Motherhood in Los Angeles. Holly contributed to My School Rocks magazine, her short stories appear in various publications, and she’s also a #Binder.

When Holly isn’t writing she has an intuitive healing practice where she utilizes her intuitive gifts to help clients process past traumas, grief, and helps them transform their lives from chaos to empowerment. She holds quarterly workshops and teaches others how to tune into their own gifts. Find her online as @hgirlla on Twitter holly_hughes_intuitive on Instagram, on Facebook, hollyhughesintutive.com, and writerhughes.wordpress.com.

Nova Ren Sumais author of the YA ghost stories A Room Away from the Wolves, which NPR said “makes the Gothic bitingly modern,” and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us, a finalist for an Edgar Award and named a Best Book of the Year by The Boston Globe, NPR, School Library Journal, the Chicago Public Library, and The Horn Book.

Nova also wrote the YA novels Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone, the middle-grade novel Dani Noir, and is co-creator of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has been awarded fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, as well as an NEA fellowship for a residency at the Hambidge Center for Arts & Sciences.

She has taught creative writing at Columbia University and Arizona State University and has led workshops at the Djerassi Program, the Writing Barn, the Highlights Foundation, and elsewhere. She is currently core faculty in the Writing for Children & Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Find her online as @novaren on Twitter and Instagram and at novaren.com.


Andria L. Amaral was the first Young Adult Librarian in the state of SC, joining the staff of the Charleston County Public Library in 1997. She has spent the past 20 years planning and developing public library programs, collections and services for students in grades 6-12, including after-school activities, summer reading contests, and innovative outreach programs targeting at-risk and incarcerated teens. Andria has provided professional development workshops at library and education conferences on the local and national level, has been a guest lecturer to MLIS students at the University of South Carolina and YA Literature students at the College of Charleston, and has served on the board of the YALLFest young adult literature festival since 2013. She lives in Charleston, SC, with her husband and pack of rescue dogs.

GHOST TOURS led by Bulldog Tours www.bulldogtours.com

Free Charleston, South Carolina, visitor’s guide available at: https://www.charlestoncvb.com/visitors-guide/




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