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An Intensive Writing Retreat

for Writers of Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Memoir

July 20-25, 2015

Location:  Bath, Maine

Limited to six participants
Tuition Fee:  $350 includes lunch daily
Accommodation for seven nights:  $500, includes a private room with shared bath with one other, breakfast, and dinner

Have you ever suspected that there might be a writer lurking inside? Have you harbored a secret notebook, maybe in your head, of half-started stories?  Then this retreat is for you. In this workshop-style format you will find your way first by releasing that writer within through creative prompts to get the words flowing, and then by discovering the elements of all good stories, including character, action, setting, and more.

This retreat is for anyone who longs to write but doesn’t know where to start and for writers who have dabbled but lost their way.  Bring a current project or start from the beginning. 


Some of the Topics for Discussion

A Story of You--A Writing Journey for Self-Awareness and Wholeness
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
                                       —Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
You will discover how to avoid common manuscript errors, attract the attention of agents and editors, and take your writing to an advanced level.

Setting and Description:  A believable world of people, places, and events
Focus is on the many aspects of description and setting and will answer the important question:  too much or too little?

Crafting Dynamic, Compelling Characters
You could have the best story line in the world, but it won't float unless you create or portray characters that the readers care about.

Focus is on different ways to begin each chapter, the book, or a short story.

Compelling Dialogue—When, What, and How
Whether you wish to craft compelling dialogue in fiction or report words spoken in a memoir, you need to decide when your character should talk and what should she say it.

Transportation—You can get to Portland Maine by plane, train, or bus.  Transportation from Portland airport, train station, or bus depot is provided.  Contact Elizabeth for more information.

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May 2015