Zillah Lakes
Watch sunsets from the lake’s edge at a spring, fall, or midwinter writing retreat.

Nestled among the vineyards, orchards, canyons, and wetlands of the lower Yakima Valley, located in the sagebrush desert of Central Washington, my writing studio provides a variety of writing and artistic services, including:

  • editing
  • proofreading
  • coaching
  • workshops
  • retreats

About Me

ProfilePicAfter a lifetime of writing and over twenty years of teaching experience, I retired from my full time university faculty position to start my own writing studio and consulting agency in January 2018.

I wanted to take everything I loved about teaching at the university–connecting with students individually or in small groups, designing courses that engage my students and me, and tinkering with the ways we play and learn and grow–and combine those pieces with a lifestyle that embraces flexibility, creativity, healing, and culture, all rooted strongly in environment and a sense of place.

I have an MFA in Writing from Pacific University, a BA in English Literature and Cultural

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Studies from Washington State University (WSU), a certificate in Social and Environmental Justice from WSU, and a certificate in Mythological Studies from The Hedge School in Ireland.

My creative writing has been published in Exponent II, Silk Road ReviewGlassFire Magazine, Spark: A Creative Anthology, and Soul Paws. In 2016, I presented at TEDx Yakima on the value of a liberal arts education and you can find my academic research in peerReview. I was Pacific University’s 2012 nominee for the AWP Intro Journals Award and have been a finalist for the Brass NUCL Award.

Wishing you fulfilling work and joyful writing,

Crystal A. Bevers

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Lucy unwinds in the garden.