In the messy middle of a project, writers need three things: tools for getting perspective, support from peers, and time to write. This retreat for creative prose writers offers all three—as well as a beautiful, focused space.
Each day we’ll spend 2 ½ hours together learning a life-giving relationship to revision and using exercises to gain clarity and direction for our projects. We’ll have a chance to connect informally with other serious writers during lunches and small-group conversations. Participants can choose to meet one-on-one with Elizabeth regarding up to 40 pages of their project. The bulk of our days will be given to independent writing.
This intensive is for writers of creative prose (fiction and creative nonfiction—that is, memoir, personal essay, travel writing, nature writing, and literary journalism) who are experienced with long stretches of solitary writing time. If you’re uncertain whether your project qualifies as creative prose, please contact Elizabeth. Participants must have experience in creative writing classes, have already learned the basics of creating scenes and developing characters (showing vs. telling), have some experience giving and receiving feedback, and be committed to moving their project through multiple revisions.