We host a free online community, as well as a monthly membership program with craft talks, accountability meetups, and more.

a community of writers

Subscribe to our podcast, Cabana Chats, browse Resort-exclusive classes, and learn more about virtual & in-person events below.

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Cabana Club Membership includes amazing resources and opportunities for writers, like:

24/7 access to recordings and resources of over 20 past classes and craft talks

Exclusive craft and publishing classes available to members

only each month

Immersion in an inspiring and vibrant community of writers

Live virtual group writing sessions with other members 

Weekly virtual coffee meetups with members and Resort founder Catherine LaSota

See what our members are saying:

"The writing sessions are trees I've tied myself to while the madness of this time rages all around."



"Joining is the best decision I've made all year!"



"You've really created something special with this virtual community."


Join us in the Resort:

1. Become a member of free The Resort virtual community


2. Join with one of our plans that includes Cabana Club membership for the best selection of benefits to support your writing!


Events & Offerings

Cabana Chats 


Cabana Chats is a podcast about writing and community, hosted by Catherine LaSota, founder of The Resort. Join us weekly on Tuesdays!

Full transcripts of each episode are available inside our free virtual community.

Cabana Chats is pure joy. So much insight, encouragement, and salve in these talks.

– Jules

All our course offerings are housed conveniently within The Resort online network. If you're not already a member, you'll be prompted to create an account before you purchase a course!

The Multitudes


In this two hour class exclusively tailored to the Resort community, Cinelle Barnes shares strategies for setting scope, organizing ideas, pitching collections and anthologies (including sharing successful pitches of her own) and playing with form. This class includes Resort-exclusive tools and take-home visual aids, and is for writers of all levels, whether in the beginning stages of collecting short-form works or at the developmental revision phase of their manuscripts.

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Fiction is Friction: How to Make Dialogue Talk


Take a deep dive into what makes dialogue work by examining a few all-time greats and studying what's left unsaid. Emily Stone unpacks some of the mysteries that make scenes sink or swim. This two hour class includes a dynamic lecture, writing prompts, and a Resort-exclusive handout.

Make Your Memoir Remarkable


A recorded two hour lecture by Amy Jo Burns that will expand your thinking on memoir and inspire new and authentic writing. This offering also includes a worksheet of ten writing prompts to push your memoir to the next level, a list of helpful resources, plus access to a community of fellow memoirists.

The memoir lecture with Amy Jo Burns at The Resort was one of the best writing lectures I've been to, ever, and I've been working in creative writing for 30+ years. 

– Nancy

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What is...THE RESORT?

The Resort is a supportive writing community offering classes, a membership program, accountability options, and more, founded by writer and LIC Reading Series founder Catherine LaSota.

Catherine operates The Resort along with her husband, the filmmaker/podcaster Karl Jacob, from their neighborhood in Long Island City, Queens, NYC.

We serve writers in Queens and beyond, providing encouragement and resources to:

  • prioritize writing in your life

  • foster connections with other writers and publishing professionals

  • bring joy to the writing process

Join an international community of hundreds of writers who are working on memoirs, novels, stories, poetry, screenplays, and more. Our members develop consistent writing practices, submit their work more often, get published, win fellowships, and are awarded residencies. Most importantly of all, they develop a strong sense of themselves as writers and gain the benefits of community that are essential to a long writing life.

Find Your Happy Place and Create!