Creative Writing Classes with Author Lisa Cottrell-Bentley

Come beat the summer sun and spend afternoons delving into the magical world of fiction writing!

LOCATION: Sahuarita Arts Center, 18825 La Canada, Sahuarita, AZ 85629

CAMP 1: Beginning Creative Writing, ages 7+ or with permission of instructor

  • Dates: June 21-24, Monday-Thursday OR July 19-22, Monday-Thursday
  • Time: 11:00AM-2:00PM, Bring your own snack/lunch and drink
  • This camp includes how to spot elements of good storytelling, finding voice, dynamics of critiquing, editing basics, deciding on illustrations (and creating some), and much more! This class is geared toward children.

CAMP 2: Intermediate Creative Writing, ages 9+ or with permission of instructor

  • Dates: June 28-July 1, Monday-Thursday
  • Time: 11:00AM-2:00PM, Bring your own snack/lunch and drink
  • This camp includes further in-depth storytelling techniques, playing with overall story arc, adding in secondary story arcs, additional editing techniques, briefly discussing how to submit to publishers/agents, and much more! At the end of this camp, campers will have the chance to turn their writing into a physical book! This class is geared toward children who have either taken the first class, or already have written a lot of fiction.

CAMP 3: Advanced Creative Writing, 11+ (including adults) or with permission of instructor

  • Dates: July 6-July 8 (Tuesday-Thursday) AND July 12-13 (Monday-Tuesday)
  • Time: 11:00AM-2:00PM, Bring your own snack/lunch and drink
  • This camp includes even further in-depth storytelling and editing techniques, learning how to give and take critique advice, how to make a tagline and synopsis, a professional critique of manuscript after the class (valued at $60/hour), and much more! Those in this class will be able to e-mail Lisa for the rest of the summer with their writing questions at no additional cost. This class is geared toward those serious about writing as a career.


  • Dates are listed above for Summer 2010 camps.
  • Please contact Lisa stating your interest for additional private or group classes this fall.


  • $150 per person ($125 for Sahuarita Dance students, $110 for second person in the same family)
  • Payments of cash, check, or credit card (through PayPal) accepted. All due in full one week before class.
  • No refunds for missed classes.


  • Lisa is a published author who has lived in Sahuarita, AZ for 5.5 years. Her Wright on Time series of children’s chapter books have been a big hit with children, parents, and teachers all over the world. Wright on Time: Wyoming, Book 3 is coming out this summer. Lisa is the mother of two always homeschooled daughters, has been a Girl Scout leader for 9 years, and has been winning writing awards since she was nine.

Can’t make the summer sessions? Stay tuned for Lisa’s once a week fall classes. Please fill out the contact form to show your interest.

Fun “Place the State” Game

Here is a fun little game I recently came across:

In Stores Now

So fun to see my books for sale in a brick-and-mortar store. 🙂 Here they are at Changing Hands in Tempe, AZ.
0315281203151344Lisa with Wright on Time books

New Online Jigsaw Puzzles

Have you checked out our Wright on Time game page lately?

In addition to word finds and crossword puzzles, we now have two new online 42 piece jigsaw puzzles based off of the awesome paintings (by Tanja Bauerle) for the Wright on Time book covers! These are so fun to do. I especially enjoy how they magically turn into pictures after the puzzle is solved.

If you have ideas for new games for us to add, please let us know. More puzzles for the Utah and Wyoming books are in development right now. So are trivia games for the first three books in the series.

Be sure to do the Arizona and Utah puzzles today! 🙂