Writing retreat: Write, read and have fun

I just returned from leading a writer’s retreat at Menucha Retreat and Conference Center east of Portland, Oregon. Seven writers and I spent three days writing, reading and having fun. We spent our mornings writing and our afternoons sharing our work and receiving feedback. In addition, we took walks in the countryside and enjoyed the delicious home-style cooking provided by the friendly Menucha staff. In the evenings, we played card and board games.

Here’s what the participants liked about the retreat:

  • The blocks of time to write. — Janine Robben
  • There’s something about being with other writers that’s inspirational. We got much more done because we don’t have to make the food. — Jamie Caulley
  • A block of time out of my own house where I always get distracted or make an excuse. — Mark Robben
  • I like the social part of it, being with other writers. The structure works — writing in the morning and reading in the afternoon. — Catherine Magdalena
  • Getting out of town. — Ann Sihler
  • I feel like this jumpstarted me and got me back on track. I’d lost steam and momentum. I think I got a new direction. — Dave King
  • Having a deadline. The group of people is so good. Such a great match. — Kerry McPherson

Dave King 4x Mark Robben 4x Playing games 4xAnn Sihler and Kerry McPherson write in the Greenhouse photo by Dave KingNancy Woods and Mark Robben in GreenhouseJanine Robben and Jamie Caulley in Greenhouse

Writing retreat

The weather and muses cooperated at this year’s June at June’s Writing Retreat near Prineville, Oregon.

This afternoon feedback session was held outdoors so we could enjoy the view of Ochoco Reservoir.

Writing retreat: August 14-15, 2010

Kickstart Your Writing Retreat

Sylvia Beach Hotel, Newport, Oregon

August 14-15, 2010

Cost: $100 (workshop only)

Registration deadline: July 22

Early registration (save $10): July 15

Join other writers at the Sylvia Beach Hotel on the Oregon Coast for a two-day writing retreat. Escape from your daily routine and immerse yourself in your writing while enjoying the vintage hotel, known for its author-themed rooms and relaxing library. Spend your mornings writing and your afternoons sharing your work and receiving positive, helpful feedback from the retreat facilitator and participants. 

Fee covers cost of workshop only. Participants are responsible for arranging their own food, lodging and transportation. It is recommended that participants check in on Friday, August 13.  All retreat participants, whether or not they are staying at the Sylvia Beach Hotel, will meet at the Sylvia Beach Hotel for breakfast on Saturday morning, before heading off to write. In the afternoon, everyone will gather in the hotel for a facilitated feedback session. Sunday also will include time to write and receive feedback.

The retreat will be facilitated by Nancy Woods, an experienced writer/editor and writing instructor/coach whose essays and articles have been read on Oregon Public Radio and published in the Oregonian, Portland Tribune, katu.com, Oregon Quarterly, Oregon Humanities, Northwest Palate, shortmemoir.com, Nervy Girl!, Raven Chronicles, Nostalgia and Zephyr.

For more information or to register: Nancy Woods, (503) 288-2469, wordpics@aracnet.com, nancy-woods.com.

To make Sylvia Beach Hotel reservations: Call (541) 265-5428. Tell them you’re taking part in the Kickstart Your Writing Retreat. For more information about the hotel: sylviabeachhotel.com.