Farm, Forest, and River Writer’s Retreat and Mini-workshop

Inaugural event September 12-15, 2022

Spend four days with a small group of other writers, both aspiring and published, working on our craft in the meditative peace of nature. This event emphasizes compassion and kindness, so please bring that along with your creativity!


Details

Quiet writing

One-hour sessions (two daily) of focused writing. No talking. Variety of writing spots will be available. Bring your laptop or journal. Total weekly time of six hours. You can do more during your free time!

Sharing. Goals. Roadblocks. Breakthroughs

A little bit get-to-know-each other. Talk about your writing goals, what personally has hindered you, and breakthroughs to inspire others.

Paths to Publication

Each day we’ll host a published author to share their journey to publication, from self-published, small traditional press, and the big four. Personal stories of querying agents, working with agents, revisions, editors, and more. More guests to be announced! Details of those scheduled here.

Guest of honor: Rick Bleiweiss author and head of new business development at Blackstone Publishing. (more details to come) Live via Zoom

Scheduled for our final speaker on the 15th.

Guest Speaker: Author Maud Powell whose debut middle grade historical novel, City of Grit and Gold, was published by Allium Press in 2017. Maud holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is currently querying her second novel to agents. Click here for more on Maud.

Scheduled for Tuesday the 13th

Guest Speaker: Casey Dunn author of an award winning fantasy series, published as Jadie Jones, by Parliament Press and, the Southern gothic thriller, Silence on Cold River, published by Pegasus Crime in 2020. Click here for more on Casey.

Scheduled for Monday the 12th

Writing Assignment 1: Rewriting another’s work: Sentence Makeover

First of three skill building assignments designed to tap into your creativity and see the magic of rewriting. You’ll draw three sentences from a number of published examples (provided) and then dive into rewriting three different ways. Results will be shared and discussed the following day.

The Business of Writing 2: Non-fiction Proposals and Query Letters

Proposals and queries are your key to getting in the door—at least the first one! In this session you’ll get an idea of just what goes into writing each of these, look at successful examples, and learn of resources for working on your own.

Writing Assignment : Rewriting another’s work “A change of Tense”

This second rewriting assignment will take one or more published paragraphs or pages (provided) and then rewrite by changing the tense (and use your sentence makeover work from the previous session). Results will be shared and discussed the following day.

Using Tools such as Scrivener, Dabble, Word, Grammarly, Prowriting Aid, Publishers Marketplace, etc.

Organizing your work through writing applications. And how to write the dreaded synopsis—why it matters even if you don’t want an agent! How to use Publisher’s Marketplace to see behind the literary agency scene.

What’s Your Wordcount? Going forward with your craft

Our last session! We’ll share our wordcounts for the week. Talk a bit about NaNoWriMo, tricks for increasing productivity, how to begin to use pleasure reading as your greatest teacher.

Nature Walks and More

Meditative hikes on our 24 acres of woodland and time by the beautiful Rogue River (on the day we spend there).

Meals

Coffee, tea, snacks. A fridge for your own meals.

Lodging

Separately priced. Options include one of three of our Airbnb listings (the Airstream, the Bunkhouse on the farm, and coming soon RiverHouse Suite. Also, a nice little travel trailer called the Comet.

Price

Inaugural special all four days for 300.00 (early bird discount -50 before Aug. 1), lodging is separate. Deposit of 100.00 (refundable until Sept 1) required. Paypal link below or mail a check. Email for details!

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