Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Writing Retreats

If you have the chance, I suggest attending a Writer's Retreat.

A retreat can ease your mind, relax your body and let you have complete and total time to write as much or as little as you want.

A retreat gives you a chance to see where you are headed with your writing. You'll suddenly get a clear outlook on your whole writing situation.

A retreat is time for you and what you are passionate about. It's time for reflection and relaxation.

A retreat is great for connecting with other writers in an informal setting. You can bounce ideas off of each other (if you want to) or you can do the whole solitary thing. It's entirely up to you.

A retreat is just about you and your writing.

When looking for a retreat, decide what you want in a retreat. Do you want to be guided or self guided? How many other people will be attending? Where is it located? And how much?

Below are a few retreats across the world.

1) Strawberry Creek, Alberta. This is located near Leduc, Alberta and hosted by The Writer's Guild of Alberta. Only 11 people are allowed at the retreat and are selected on a first come, first served basis. The Strawberry Creek Lodge does not have a website but the information can be found on the Writer's Guild of Alberta website.

2) Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Need something a little Mexican to spice up your writing. Retreat to Hacienda Mosaico. Visit the website at: http://www.writersretreat.com/mexico.htm .

3) Oliver, BC. Located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, this Oliver, BC retreat might just get your creativity moving. Visit the website at: http://www.writersretreat.com/OkanaganValley.htm .

4) Ouray, Colorado. Beautiful mountains are a fantastic inspiration when the need for creativity comes to call. Check it out here: http://www.writersretreat.com/colorado.htm .

5) Soapstone in Portland, Oregon. Picturesque and secluded, Soapstone is a retreat specifically for women writers. Check out the website:
http://www.soapstone.org/the_cabin_pages/index.html

6) Anam Cara in Cork, Ireland. Green pastures and seclusion. Check out their website here:
http://www.anamcararetreat.com/gardens.html

1 comment:

Todd D. Severin said...

Thanks for the great advice on Writing retreats. In my writing blog right now I'm discussing my Ten Point Revision Strategy that I culled from various conferences I've attended. I'd love to trade links with you. If you can, check me out at www.learnedaboutwriting.blogspot.com and let me know if you'd like to trade.

Todd
My Writing Life
www.learnedaboutwriting.blogspot.com