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!


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.

Guest Speakers

Each day we’ll host at least one published author or industry professional to share their experiences in 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. Rick is an incredibly generous, kind person with the most interesting back-story you can imagine!

Scheduled for our final speaker on Thursday the 15th, at 2:00 via Zoom

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.

Scheduled for Wednesday the 14th, 3:00

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.

Scheduled for Tuesday the 13th, 3:00

Guest Speaker: Thriller and suspense author Michael Neimann has won several awards for his fiction and his short stories have been featured in multiple publications including the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Anthology edited by Lee Child.

Scheduled for Monday the 12th, 1:00 (in attendance for the day)

Guest Speaker Susan DeFreitas author, editor, book coach, and creator of Story Medicine speaking about the concept of story medicine–how we can infuse our fictional narratives with depth and meaning, and intersect with real-world issues of justice.

Speaking Tuesday the 13th, 2:00 via Zoom

Guest speaker Edwin Battistella author of six nonfiction books, numerous published essays, linguistics and writing professor at Southern Oregon University, and two-time finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

Speaking on Wednesday the 14th. (In attendance for the day.)

Guest speaker Christopher Shockey is the co-author with Kirsten Shockey, of four cookbooks published by Storey Publishing. Several are best-sellers (Pacific Northwest Independent Bestseller list) and award-winning (Forward INDIES Book of the Year, Nautilus Book Award, IACP Cookbook Award finalist). Their first book, Fermented Vegetables has been translated into five other languages.

Speaking on Wednesday the 14th (in attendance several days)

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).


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


Separately priced. Options include one of three of our Airbnb listings (the Airstream, the Bunkhouse on the farm, and coming soon RiverHouse Suite). NOTE: I have the listings currently blocked in order to make sure they are available for guests. Let me know if you want to book (or send an Airbnb message). Also, we have a nice little travel trailer called the Comet.

The closest hotel is 10 miles, Inn at the Rogue Best Western. An attendee also has a couple of Airbnb listings,. Email me for links!


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!

Update July 21, 2022: 7/10 spaces remaining

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