Did somebody say witchcraft?

Why yes, my pretty, we did. Come closer and let us share a little more about what we’re brewing.

This summer New York Times bestselling author Nova Ren Suma and Author, Medium, and Intuitive Healer Holly Raychelle Hughes are hosting Ghosts, Witches, and Craft: A Salem Writing Retreat!

Our second annual writing retreat will be in the bewitched city of Salem, Massachusetts, August 6- 9, 2020. We’ll be staying in the famously haunted Hawthorne Hotel.

If you’re brave enough, ask for a room on the third or sixth floors… We have it on good authority that they’re haunted!

Spells we’ll be casting include:

·      Generative workshops
·      Intuitive sessions
·      Craft conversations
·      Witch tours
·      Ghost stories
·      Surprises and inspiration

After our first scarily successful ghostly writing retreat in Charleston this past summer, we knew we had to join forces and do it again… this time in a new city steeped in eerie echoes, where witches now gather and practice openly. We will come with respect and an eagerness to learn, to be inspired, even shaken… and channel that all into our writing. We hope you’ll join us for this weekend full of Salem’s ghosts, witches, and craft.

We’re busy conjuring up ideas for writers of all genres seeking witchy inspiration and a touch of haunted history. Full details will be revealed soon. If you want to be notified when applications open, please fill out the interest form on this page.

All best and a hex,

Holly and Nova


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About The Event Hosts

Nova Ren Suma (she/her) is a New York Times bestselling author of strange, magical, and often ghostly young adult novels and a two-time Edgar Award finalist. Her latest novel A Room Away from the Wolves was a finalist for an Edgar Award and called “shiver-inducingly delicious” by the New York Times. Her other novels include the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us as well as Imaginary Girls and more. One of her most favorite short stories she’s ever written, about a secretive coven of vengeful witches hidden in the woods, appeared in Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft. Nova teaches a popular YA novel workshop at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program as well as in the creative writing department at the University of Pennsylvania, and she is core faculty in the Writing for Children & Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She’s from the Hudson Valley and currently lives in Philadelphia. The last time she visited Salem, she went for a retreat with a friend to work on the first draft of the novel that became A Room Away from the Wolves. For more about Nova, visit novaren.com.

Holly Raychelle Hughes is 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 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. She was selected to perform her own personal essay in the nationwide play Expressing Motherhood in Los Angeles. Her short stories appear in numerous publications. She is also a #Binder. Holly was a featured speaker at SHiFT Charlotte 2019, the Soul in the Raw, and How To Get Healthy And Pregnant Podcasts.

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.

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