The one you’ve tried to tell a dozen times, but it hasn’t come out right yet, or the one you keep returning to because it won’t leave you alone, or the one you’ve been afraid to tell, for whatever reason(s), but you know you must?
It’s time to write as if your life depended on it.
This retreat, led by Center director Stacia Fleegal, is for you if
- You have a clear idea of what you want to write about, a story that is pressing against your insides with an urgency you can no longer ignore;
- You have at least some experience, and feel at least moderately comfortable, giving and receiving strength-based, respectful, and substantive (i.e., beyond “I like this part”) feedback on writing in a group setting;
- You are ready to spend one full day writing in solitude, but also to meet as a group and privately with your teacher and build a tiny-but-mighty community;
- You want not just a retreat, but an experience of creative camaraderie and reverence for the emotional process of excavating and crafting a stubborn narrative.
Here’s how it will work:
- Registrants clear their home schedules as best as they can for the core retreat long weekend, Thursday evening to Sunday morning, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, and consult by email with their teacher.
- The week leading up to the core long weekend, beginning Sunday, Oct. 25, will feature an assignment and writing prompt. The pre-retreat week is designed to provide registrants with some initial inspiration to tap their flow and connect them with their retreat colleagues.
- Registrants spend the core long weekend writing and participating in a mix of group and one-on-one Zoom or Skype meetings with their colleagues and teacher. These community-building sessions will include feedback exchanges, assignment discussion, craft talks, and more.
- The week following the core long weekend, ending Sunday, Nov. 8, will feature an intensive feedback session for each registrant from their teacher, plus planning for next steps in terms of revision, further development, or new projects. The post-retreat week is designed to provide registrants with one-on-one access to a supportive, professional writer who knows and values their work and can answer any and all questions, from craft to industry and more.
Are you ready to open up to the story you were most meant to tell?
Begins Sunday, Oct. 25, and ends Sunday, Nov. 8, with a core long weekend of scheduled Zoom meetings (group and one-on-one with your teacher) Oct. 29-Nov. 1