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Carrot Ranch is an imaginary sandbox — a place for writers to play. Yet, Charli Mills lives in a real place in rural northern Idaho, a region known as the Panhandle. It’s part of the Inland Pacific Northwest, stunningly beautiful and inspirational to any writer.

Events at Carrot Ranch are both virtual and real. Virtual events include occasional contests and collaborations. Real events are the kind that happen in person in the Panhandle. These include programs at the library, regional conferences, workshops and retreats.

Currently, the following events are taking place at or near Carrot Ranch:

BinderCon Live Sandpoint: Meetup with other women writers and writing fans, watch inspiring videos of women writing motherhood and navigating complex journalistic beats, and learn more about BinderCon, the conference for women and gender non-conforming writers! Admission is free. This event is organized by Charli Mills and made possible with the generous support of the East Bonner County Library, Lost Horse Press, and Carrot Ranch Communications.

Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Writing Contest: Help a nine-year-old boy with Autism receive his service dog. $250 prize for first place. $15 fee to submit with all proceeds benefiting the fundraiser.

Private retreats: Open to Rough Writers, Binders and any writer looking to get away to find inspiration and focused writing time. Unplug and visit northern Idaho. Stay up to five days at the humble and rural residence of Charli Mills with a private guest room, desk, bathroom, meals or kitchen access. It’s a true unplugged retreat — no television, radio, internet or video games. Just pure writing. Sleep when you want and have lovely meals prepared for you without worrying about the dishes. The retreat is free; travel expenses are the responsibility of the writer. Spokane, WA is 90 minutes away and has an international airport and Amtrak stops in Sandpoint 20 minutes away. Charli is willing to pick up and return writers, or car rentals are available in either town. Come in the winter and you can ski Schweitzer; in the summer you can fish or swim. We are two hours from a natural hot springs. Sandpoint has restaurants, shops and Laughing Dog Brewery.


  1. betsyashton says:

    I needed an uplift to end the week. Pete Fanning’s story, Free, offered exactly what I needed.


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