TMW 2018 Retreat Descriptions

Our retreats, capped at 10 participants each, allow you to immerse yourself in the craft of writing. You have the opportunity to write without the pressure of preparing or reading manuscripts. Through daily readings, writing exercises, and prompts you’ll write both in-class and during the afternoons to generate new work over the course of each day, dedicating as much time as possible to your own new writing.

Dan Mueller
A Writers’ Retreat, all genres and levels [no longer available]

In this multi-genre workshop we’ll embody the practice of writing daily. During meeting times we will discuss matters of craft derived from reading a wide variety of published stories, poems, and essays; read aloud to one another from our own newly written work and respond to it as a community of writers intent on helping one another find a larger audience; write from prompts; approach publishing as a part of the creative process; and address any and all concerns related to the writing life, from writer’s block to sources of inspiration to submission strategies that yield positive results. While conventional creative writing workshops privilege the critique, the quality of them hinging upon the amount of time and thought outside of meeting times writers put into reading and responding to each other’s manuscripts, in this workshop we’ll honor the act of writing by putting the time, space, and camaraderie to use in the drafting of new stories, poems, and essays that we’ll share with one another. This workshop is open to writers of all skill levels and degrees of experience.

Jim McKean
To Fashion Poetry and Creative Nonfiction: A Generative Retreat

So much to remember. Where do we begin? This retreat will discuss how we might generate the bits and pieces of our personal narratives and poems, with the aim of compiling these fragments into more developed and finished work. The emphasis will be on drafting moments, lines and images, scenes, portraits, anecdotes, and flashes of memory, and sharing these discoveries with classmates. Through examples, readings, and discussion, we will investigate such structural elements of poetry and creative nonfiction as dual time frames, the narrative impulse versus reflection, character development, voice, rhythm, and language, and the point where poetry and prose might intersect.

But the main focus will be on your writing process, the material you generate, and sharing that material with a sympathetic audience. Class time will be dedicated to discussing the art and craft of writing, sharing work aloud, and perhaps working on an exercise or two. Outside of class, you will be asked to write in response to prompts or wherever the muse takes you. In writing our lives, Annie Dillard says that we must “fashion a text.” The goal at the end of our week is new material and new resources for fashioning your personal narratives and poems. Open to all levels.