January 28, 2010

Subject: Writing Retreats

When the dog barks every five minutes to go outside, come back in, go out, come back in…

When children burst into your office bickering about who gets to choose the next program on TV…

When the garbage truck outside beep-beep-beeps endlessly…

Isn’t it tempting to dream of escaping to a cabin in the woods or near the beach?

Uninterrupted blocks of writing time… perhaps a chance to talk books and writing with kindred spirits. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?

The writing retreat doesn’t have to be a dream. Three Hamline MFA faculty members—Jane Resh Thomas, Phyllis Root, and Marsha Chall—are hosting a weeklong writing retreat in the woods this spring.

Here are the details:

Writing in the Woods Retreat

May 17-23, 2010

Spring Valley, Minnesota

The retreat features group workshops, individual critiques, craft discussions, time to write, plus opportunities to walk in the woods. The application deadline is March 19, 2010.

Jane, Phyllis, and Marsha are excellent writers and generous teachers. During my last residency, I was fortunate enough to be in a workshop with Jane and Phyllis. I learned so much from their focus on craft as well as their attention to the challenges and joys of the writing life. While I haven’t been in a workshop with Marsha yet, I enjoy her lectures at Hamline. She is funny, energetic, and enthusiastic.

Find more details as well as the application here: Writing in the Woods workshop blog and application.

A few of my favorite books by Jane Resh Thomas, Phyllis Root, and Marsha Chall:

Have you been to a writing retreat? Where? What did you like most about the retreat?

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