Escape Winter 2018!

Are you a writer struggling to bring your words to the small screen? Join our week-long workshop this winter: How to Make a Web Series From Start to Finish.

Our Yoga Instructor:

For both weeks, Beth Rodgers will be joining us to teach daily yoga and provide healthy snacks and smoothies. Beth is a certified vinyasa and Bikram Method instructor, as well as a Vipassana Meditation instruction and private chef. She’s also a mom of 4 and a proud grandma!


February 3-10, 2018: How to Make a Web Series From Start to Finish

Ginny Leise is BACK! Her workshop last January sold out, and now she’s back and armed with a whole new class!


Have you ever thought about making your own web series, but felt you couldn’t, or that you wouldn’t even know where to begin?

Learn how to write and produce video content for the internet from conception to launch!

In this workshop, we will cover:

  • What is a web series?

    • Answer: it can really be any form of video content for the internet

    • Narrative? Character driven? High concept? The sky’s the limit!

  • Why make a web series?

    • Are you an aspiring TV writer, filmmaker, actor or comedian? No matter your professional goals, making your own work will help you reach them.

  • What makes for a successful web series?

    • We will watch examples of great web series and discuss what made them exceptional.

  • Production ins and outs

    • Production can daunting, especially if you’ve never done it before. We will cover tips on how to make your video look and sound as professional as possible.

  • Editing

    • It’s important and I’m a freak for it.

  • Launching and promotion

    • Make sure your baby gets views!

Bring your web series idea in any form. Whether you have a script or are brainstorming ideas, we will help you refine your idea and get you to the next step of the process.

Ginny Leise loves making video content for the internet. She created the web series The Shame Game, Feminist Babysitter and Hearts of Gold as well as the short films Smile and Pillows.

*Ginny Leise is currently filming a TV show and may experience a scheduling conflict. Should this occur, the workshop will continue with the same theme and curriculum with an equally qualified host!*

Price: $950 before December 1, 2017, $1050 after
Sign up!

Price covers 1 week at Norma’s, 3 meals/day, one beach trip (surf lesson included), daily yoga and Ginny’s workshop.

Price does not include: airfare, extra trips, alcohol, or taxis, although we will help arrange a taxi for you to and from the airport if you’d like!

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Arrive at Norma’s on the 3rd, leave on the 10th!

February 11-18, 2018: CRAFTING A TREATMENT


Nick Westfall will show you how to turn your movie idea into a real treatment!


Need help bringing your movie idea onto the page, into life, and onto the screen? Do you have an idea for a screenplay adaptation, a commercial, music video, short film, documentary, or an original screenplay idea? Want to get an agent, producer, and/or an actor on board for your project? Knowing the style, tone, and theme of your visual story is key and it all starts with a treatment! 

Bring your story idea, outline, novel, or just come with an open mind ready for new ideas. Together, you will have all the tools to write your story and break into the business.

Nick Westfall is an award-winning writer/director based in New York City. He is the co-founder of Dock Street Productions, producing and directing films for social change including: Finding Home: A Film for National Adoption Day (available on Amazon, Best Buy, and Barnes and Noble), 2047, and the ‘Doin Fine’ Official Music Video.

Nick recently directed the 13-part television series, Tonight at Webster Hall a PBS documentary series. He works closely with publishers and novelists by adapting their books into screenplays, two of which have been optioned.

Westfall earned his MFA in Screenwriting from Full Sail University, is a national leader in child advocacy programs, a SAG Signatory Producer, and is represented by Linda Langton at Langtons International Agency in New York City. 


Price: $950 before December 1, 2017, $1050 after
Sign up!

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Price includes stay at Norma’s Villas, workshops, morning yoga classes, 3 meals/day, one beach trip and surf lesson. We can help arrange a taxi for you, but you must pay for your taxi ride yourself. We can arrange additional trips for the group for an extra fee. Does NOT include alcohol. There is no alcohol on the property unless you purchase it and bring it yourself. Visitors are expected to comply with Costa Rican law AND HAVE FUN!


Information about our upcoming workshops here! For email updates, sign up for our mailing list below.







Past Workshops:

July 15-22, 2017

Ariana Seigel: F*** Brand, What’s Your Artist’s Mission?

Feeling too burnt out by politics to make art? Overwhelmed juggling multiple projects AND your day-job? Have a novel you’ve been meaning to write but keep putting off?

In this week-long workshop you’ll get clear on WHY YOU MAKE ART and HOW YOU’RE GONNA CHANGE THE WORLD WITH IT. Remember, once you find your mission, the money will follow.

Ariana works as a TV writer, VO performer and professional coach. As an artist, she’s written for IFC and TruTV’s ‘Almost Genius’ and lent her voice to Toys R’ Us and Nick. As a coach, Ariana’s certified through the ICF and Coaching for Transformation program. She’s spoken on mental health in the arts with the Observer, Matthew Shepard Foundation and works with creatives to overcome blocks and create their most truthful art.

January 2017

Week 1: January 3-10
Acting Exercises for the Creative Writer
Leader: Isabelle Pierre

In Acting Exercises for the Creative Writer, we’ll explore how actors use physical exercises (including Laban, Lecoq, psychology gesture and improv) to explore character. Come ready to move, play and feel a little silly. At the end of the week we’ll have a short reading based workshop discoveries.

Week 2: January 12- 19
Fundamentals of Comedy
Leader: Ginny Leise

Humor is a most beloved yet often intimidating genre. As a comedian, I am endlessly frustrated when, after a show, friends and strangers alike approach me to explain why they couldn’t ever do comedy.

Everybody is funny and has a funny a story to tell. This workshop will aim to instill writers with confidence in their own unique comedic voice. We will start with the foundations of Comedy 101, examples of the greats and then jump into our own personal essays and storytelling performances. The workshop will culminate in a show for every participant to read or perform their work.

Week 3: January 21-28
Success through Self-Publishing
Leader: Robert Kroese

Have you ever thought about self-publishing, but felt that you weren’t tech savvy? Robert Kroese will cover the ins and outs of self publishing, including the differences between self-publishing and traditional publishing, e-book formatting, distribution, and marketing your book.




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