“Vicki combines her superb writing talents and creative insights with her capacity to encourage participants to ‘dig deep’ to uncover authenticity and truth in their writing.
I highly recommend her writing retreats and workshops.”

- Sharon McCarthy, workshop attendee 2017 and 2019


Workshops and Retreats

Words In the Sand 2022 – Oct. 14-16, 2022

Picture of a beach and wooden pier with words Words in the Sand against the blue sky

Vicki and poet Dawn Leas (aka The Hammock Writer) are leading a weekend of writing and relaxation at a new location: The Scarborough Inn, 720 Ocean Ave., Ocean City, N.J. The weekend includes three generative workshops in poetry or prose (your choice), breakfasts and lunches and a special craft that will capture some of each writer's words as a memento of the weekend. One-on-one consultation with Vicki on your work is available for an additional fee. For a full schedule, information on special room rates and to register, please visit Dawn Leas' website here.

Vicki will  be teaching the online workshop "Writing Hard Stories In Memoir" from Oct. 19-Nov. 16, 2022. Sessions will be held on Zoom from 7 to 9 p.m. Life’s challenging experiences – grief, illness, trauma, loss of all kinds – are often the subject in memoir and nonfiction. Accessing these stories and bringing them to the page poses challenges emotionally and creatively. In this five-week workshop, we will learn techniques for telling our hard stories. Self-care for writers dealing with sensitive material also will be covered. The cost is $120.  The noncredit workshop is being offered through the Maslow Graduate Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University. To register please visit the Wilkes University creative writing site here.


Vicki will present the session Writing Real People: Creating Characters in Nonfiction at the 2022 Creative Writing Conference sponsored by King’s College and Wilkes University. It will be held on the King’s College Campus on October 21-22, 2022. This two-day event features workshops in various genres, open readings, meals and receptions for socializing, and a book fair.  The cost to attend both days is $25. To register, visit the conference website here.

Vicki will be the spotlight reader at Page to Stage on Nov. 5, 2022, at 8 p.m. at the Diva Theatre, 126 W. Market St., Scranton, Pa.

Past Appearances

Vicki presented the session "Read Any Good Books Lately? The Art of the Book Review" at HippoCamp 2022: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers, in Lancaster, Pa., from Aug. 12-14, 2022. The event, featuring panels and author readings, is a must for nonfiction writers.

Reading, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Thursday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. Event will be held on Zoom. Pre-registration is required. To register, go to the King's College event registration page here.

Virtual Author Event: Vicki Mayk, author of "Growing Up On The Gridiron: Football, Friendship and the Tragic Life of Owen Thomas," will read from the book and participate in a Q&A, Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity, Nazareth, PA, Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Virtual Author Event: Vicki Mayk, author of "Growing Up On The Gridiron: Football, Friendship and the Tragic Life of Owen Thomas," will read from the book and participate in a Q&A, Parkland Community Library, Allentown, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, 7 p.m.

"The Path to Publication" Alumni Panel, Maslow Graduate Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University, Monday, January 11, 2021, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Held as part of the Maslow Family Graduate Creative Writing Program's virtual January residency.

"Writing A Book As An Act of Faith," Guest speaker, Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, Pa., Sunday, September 13, 2020, 10:30 a.m. (also online at YouTube)

Book Launch, “Growing Up On The Gridiron” -- 7 p.m., Thursday, September 10, 2020 on Zoom.

Discussing "Growing Up On The Gridiron" with Keith Groller of The Morning Call on Calling All Sports at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6. Tune in to the broadcast at Fox Sports, 94.7 FM or 1320 AM.

A Night of Nonfiction Online, Debut Creative Nonfiction Author Q&A, sponsored by Hippocampus Magazine and Books, 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, August 29, 2020

Reading, The Writer’s Showcase, Old Brick Theatre, June 2018

Pennsylvania Writers Conference 2018, Wilkes University, Panel, “Research for Creative Writing”

HippoCamp 2018, Session Presenter: “Maybe, Perhaps, Possibly: Using Speculation in Creative Nonfiction”

Pennsylvania Writers Conference 2017, Wilkes University, Session Presenter: Speculation in Creative Nonfiction

HippoCamp 2015, Session Presenter: “Writing Our Grief”

Past Workshops and Retreats

Words In The Sand 2019

September 13-15, 2019
Ocean Park Inn, Ocean Grove, N.J.

Nonfiction Places and Spaces - Oct. 25 - Nov. 29, 2021

Join Vicki to explore writing about place in this community workshop offered through the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing. Classes to be conducted on Zoom with optional writing meetup Oct. 30 at The Bench Project in Shavertown, PA.


Going Past the Gate: Entering the Heart of Your Memoir

Online memoir workshop
Feb. 17-March 23, 2019

Memoir Workshop

Pennwriters, Inc., July 2018

Words In The Sand 2018

September 16-26, 2018
Ocean Park Inn, Ocean Grove, N.J.

"Life Stories:" A Memoir Workshop

October 2018
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, Pa.

Memoir Workshop

Back Mountain Library, March-April 2017

Healing Through Our Stories: A writing and storytelling retreat

June 23-25, 2017
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center, Bangor, Pa.

Noncredit memoir and nonfiction community workshops

Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing, multiple sessions, 2013-2019

Ocean Grove boardwalk

Now in paperback! Growing Up on the Gridiron is Available from These Sites

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