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Women Only Experience: Learning, Writing and Walking on the Oregon Coast

Program Number: 1831RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/26/2015 - 5/1/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lincoln City, Oregon
Price starting at: $885.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Engage your body, mind and spirit on a relaxing learning adventure. Let the ocean stir your senses and provide inspiration for your writing. Explore genres of fiction, poetry, memoir and mystery writing, and do writing exercises with guest authors who provide advice on getting published. Join a local naturalist for field trips and beach walks right outside your door, explore charming Newport and more.


• Tap the experiences of published authors who provide tips for getting published, help you to sketch a novel and teach you techniques for writing memoir and other genres.
• Meet denizens of the deep at Newport’s Oregon Coast Aquarium and experience the Sylvia Beach Hotel, where each room pays homage to an author, right down to the pendulum in the Edgar Allen Poe Room.
• Center yourself with expert-led yoga and relaxation exercises, and encounter the sea lions, whales, seals, birds and wildflowers that share this coast on beach walks with a naturalist.

Activity Particulars

Moderate walking and standing on field trips.

Coordinated by Coastal Journeys Unlimited.

Lincoln City

From its prime location on the Pacific Coast, Lincoln City, nestled between miles of sandy beaches, Devil’s Lake and lush forests offers opportunities to discover Oregon’s coastal highlights, from beachcombing and birding to wines and whales.

Oceanfront inn with outdoor swimming pool; all rooms have ocean views.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
T. McCracken

T. McCracken is a cartoonist, writer, historian and naturalist. Most of her writings are humorous articles, but she is also the author of the book, “Holy Rollers: Murder and Madness in Oregon's Love Cult.” One of the most extraordinary accomplishments in her life was hitchhiking from Cape Town, South Africa to Kisangani, Zaire, and from there taking a barge 1,500 miles down the Congo River to Kinshasa.
Ron Lovell

Ron Lovell had a career as a magazine writer in Los Angeles, Houston, Denver and New York before joining the journalism staff at Oregon State University. He is the author of 14 textbooks and hundreds of magazine articles. Ron currently lives in Gleneden Beach, Oregon, where he writes full-time creating the popular Thomas Martindale Mystery Series.
Nick Sharma

Nick Sharma was born and raised on the Fiji Islands and now lives in Los Angeles. He has written several screenplays and short stories, and has worked with companies such as Coca-Cola, Lionsgate, Intel and Mercedes. He is an inventor, entrepreneur, actor, illustrator, poet and novelist, but most of all, a dreamer. "How to be a Hero" is his first novel, based on his original screenplay, "The Cup."
Michele Longo Eder

Michele Longo Eder is an attorney, author, advocate for commercial fishermen and their families, and an active partner in the family fishing business in the Pacific Northwest. Michele serves on the board of directors of the North Pacific Research Board, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. In 2013, Oregon Governor John Kitzhahber appointed Michele to the Board of Trustees of Oregon State University. Her book, "Salt in our Blood: the Memoir of a Fisherman's Wife" won the prestigious Willa Literary Award in 2009.
Carol Unser

Carol Johnson Unser has incorporated her love for nature throughout her career as an instructor at the University of Georgia’s Marine Science Center, interpretive coordinator for the National Marine Sanctuaries division of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, and estuarine education coordinator for the state of Oregon. In addition to her academic career, Carol is an accomplished artist who has illustrated more than a dozen books, including nature field guides and children’s books.
Meals and Lodgings
   Inn at Spanish Head
  Lincoln City, OR 5 nights
 Inn at Spanish Head
Type: Resort
  Description: Incredible 10-story hotel is built into the cliff right on the beach at Lincoln City; spectacular ocean views from every room.
  Contact info: 4009 SW Highway 101
Lincoln City, OR 97367 USA
phone: 800-452-8127
  Room amenities: All rooms have frig and microwave; some have kitchettes with full stove. some rooms, but not all, have balcony, must call & request if you need something specific.
  Facility amenities: Ocean-view dining and lounge, heated pool, exercise and recreation rooms, saunas and enclosed ocean view spa. Miles of walking beach right outside your hotel room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Check with hotel This resort is popular with Portland weekenders, so before and after additional nights fill up fast. Make arrangements early and make sure to mention you are with Road Scholar program.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Check with hotel This resort is popular with Portland weekenders, so before and after additional nights fill up fast. Make arrangements early and make sure to mention you are with Road Scholar program.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in 4 PM. You will be staying at Inn at Spanish Head that night.
  End of Program:
Check out Noon. You will be staying at Inn at Spanish Head the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at hotel; complimentary valet service is available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lincoln City, OR
  Nearest city or town:  Lincoln City is 25 miles north of Newport OR
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  Portland OR (PDX)
  From End of Program
  Location: Lincoln City, OR
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



From Airport




None - Car Required
Rental Car Agencies
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:





100 miles


Numerous automobile rental agencies operate out of Portland International Airport. Please contact these agencies directly for car rental information.

Driving Directions
  Portland OR From I-5, take Tigard exit to Rte 18. Follow west to the Oregon Coast. Travel south on Hwy 101 through Lincoln City about 6 miles. The Inn at Spanish Head is located on the ocean near the south end of town.
Equipment Requirements: If desired, camera, binoculars, field guides, scopes, good walking shoes.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in and Dinner
(Sunday, April 26)
 Arrive To: Check in at hotel front desk any time after 3 pm. Orientation is at 5 pm in the El Toro Room on the 4th Floor.
 Dinner: Dinner in Fathoms, the hotel restaurant on the 10th floor overlooking the ocean, voted the best restaurant view in Lincoln County.
Accommodations: Inn at Spanish Head
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Natural History Walk, Writing Lecture and Exercises, and Natural History Slide Show
(Monday, April 27)
 Breakfast: Dine in the Fathoms Restaurant.
 Morning: "Where are we?" Brief introduction to physical setting. Natural history walk on the beach with naturalist.
 Lunch: Dine in the Fathoms Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Writing: Memoirs, Journals & Autobiography. Julie Fiedler, instructor This is an opportunity to consider your own life's history and learn to entrust it to words. There will be time for discussion and writing exercises.
 Dinner: Dine in the Fathoms Restaurant.
 Evening: Natural History of the Oregon Coast slide show
Accommodations: Inn at Spanish Head
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Writing Class and Exercises, Discussion: writing fiction; field trip; Special presentation: Author Jane Kirkpatrick
(Tuesday, April 28)
 Breakfast: Dine in the Fathoms Restaurant.
 Morning: Writing Class;Special presentation:" "Writing your First Novel.and other Tales of Storytelling" with Nick Sharma, actor, screenplay writer and self-professed dreamer. Also author Ron Lovell, author of the Thomas Martindale Mystery Series. A look at poetry expression. There will be writing exercises.
 Lunch: Dine in the Fathoms Restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will take a walk in the woods, the great northwest coastal rainforest, where wildflowers will be blooming; we will visit an estuary where salmon will be 'running' upstream to spawn. Maximum distance is one mile. Time for writing.
 Dinner: Dine in the Fathoms Restaurant.
 Evening: Author presentation: Jane Kirkpatrick : Internationally recognized for her lively presentations and stories that encourage and inspire. Her works have appeared in more than 50 publications and is the author of over 25 books including historical novels. Her works have been finalists for the Christy, Spur, Oregon Book Award and Willa Literary Award.
Accommodations: Inn at Spanish Head
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lecture in the morning author Michele Longo Eder; lunch in Newport at Sylvia Beach Hotel on oceanfront
(Wednesday, April 29)
 Breakfast: Dine in the Fathoms Restaurant.
 Morning: Presentation: lecturer, activist and author Michele Longo Eder discusses her book, "Salt in Our Blood: The Memoir of a Fisherman's Wife". Afterward, group heads for Newport, OR for lunch at Sylvia Beach Hotel and exploring Nye Beach, restored historic district of Newport.
 Lunch: Lunch at the historic Sylvia Beach Hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean, The atmosphere for our private banquet will be cozy and fun .
 Afternoon: Continue field trip. Visit other sites in the Newport area : Nye Beach, Bayfront and Yaquina Head Lighthouse Natural Scenic Area where thousands of sea birds will be beginning to nest on the 'sea stack' rocks just offshore and harbor seals may be 'pupping' on the rocks below the cliffs. Spring is bustin' out all over!!
 Dinner: Dine in the Fathoms Restaurant.
 Evening: Time for Stretching and Relaxation.
Accommodations: Inn at Spanish Head
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Writing your Family History, Panel on Publication, Farewell Event
(Thursday, April 30)
 Breakfast: Dine in the Fathoms Restaurant.
 Morning: Writing Your Family History; Oral histories; Capture your family story in so many ways: through anecdotes, biographies, oral history and so much more. Time for writing exercises.
 Lunch: Dine in the Fathoms Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Panel Discussion on publishing options, possible avenues for finding illustrators, other related topics.Writing and sharing in small groups with free time afterwards.
 Dinner: Dine in the Fathoms Restaurant.
 Evening: Evening celebration
Accommodations: Inn at Spanish Head
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departures
(Friday, May 1)
 Breakfast: Dine in the Fathoms Restaurant.
 Morning: Optional time for those who want to stay, an opportunity to talk to the presenters in a more private setting, perhaps regarding a manuscript or questions not covered earlier in the week. Check-out before noon.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Lincoln City, OR Chinook Winds
Casino is run by the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, the local native people. For additional information, visit
  Factory Outlet Stores
Variety of stores, including Coldwater Creek, Lands End, Oshkosh Begosh, Pendleton, Columbia, etc
  Lincoln City
The town is located right on the Pacific Ocean and has miles and miles of accessible beaches, shops, market places, crabbing and fishing opportunities as well as the Lincoln County Historical Museum. lots of recreational activities
  Lincoln City Public Library
Modern facility with internet access
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Writing Your Authentic Self

Author: Lois Guarino

Description: How to use a journal to communicate with your deepest self; simple exercises that bring out the poet/journalist/profiler/narrator in everyone.

Salt in Our Blood: The Memoir of a Fisherman's Wife

Author: Michele Longo Eder


Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman's March to the Governorship

Author: Barbara Roberts

Description: A personal and political memoir by one of the few women governors in the history of the United States, Up the Capital Steps offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a woman's life in politics. Hotly contested elections and tough policy decisions are interspersed with intimate details of personal ups and downs.

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast

Author: Jim Pojar & Andy MacKinnon

Description: This is the Bible of Northwest Coast flora. If you are interested in the trees, wildflowers, and other plants of the Oregon Coast, this is the only book that has them all. We carry this book with us in the field and refer to it often.

Sibley Field Guide to Birds, Western North America

Author: David Allen Sibley

Description: When it comes to the many birds that frequent the Oregon Coast, no guidebook is more complete than Sibley's little handbook. With wonderful illustrations and plenty of information, this is the birdwatcher's bible on the coast.

The Beachcomber's Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest

Author: J. Duane Sept

Description: Possibly the most concise guide to the myriad of intertidal zone creatures you may encounter on the Oregon Coast. It's not exhaustive, but it is pocket-sized and complete enough to help you identify and appreciate the creatures of the shoreline.

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