Address: 26 E 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201
FEBRUARY 21st – 23rd, 2014
We invite you to spend a weekend in the Hocking Hills, just south of Columbus, Ohio, to put words on paper. We’ll hike a little, cook a little, make plans, make friends and…write. A lot.
This year, we’ve got room for 10. For the quick and dirty price of $275.00, you’ll get all meals provided, plenty of snacks and coffee and whatnot, writing time, a guided winter hike, room/board, eager readers of your work, and a contest submission calendar. If you’re flying in from out of town, transportation from CMH to the lodge is also included.
You’ll also receive one twenty-minute private session each with Amy and Amanda to discuss writing and/or your writing life. You can use this time to set goals, explore what’s keeping you from writing that ONE THING you’ve always wanted to write, or to talk through a plot point or two. Or come to each session with your own agenda. We’re here for YOU.
And now a word from a few of last year’s writers:
I came to the retreat because it sounded like something I needed as a writer to move forward. I was excited about spending an entire weekend focused on writing. I wanted a clearer idea of how I needed to reach my goals. I gained more confidence in myself as a writer, and my plans have become clearer.
I needed a kick in the ass. I most wanted to pick an idea to focus on. I gained lots of ideas and learned about resources. Plotting forward, I’m feeling awesome and optimistic.
I wanted to say out loud that I was going to commit to my book in front of some cool and supportive people. I was excited to meet new and fascinating people and get inspired and motivated. I realized that I need to think hard about what the book means to and FOR me. It helped to be in the presence of some truly amazing talent.
I’ve been a raging introvert in the writing world, despite blogging and making con acts online since 2005. Something – a persistent gut feeling – said this was not to be missed. As the retreat crept closer, I was excited to see how I would respond in the moment, hearing what my authentic voice most needed to say. I needed to kickstart myself and narrow down creative choices. I gained new creative allies and a renewed sense of inspiration.
8-9:30 readings: Amy Turn Sharp, Maggie Smith-Beehler, Hannah Stephenson, Amanda Page and more local writers
9:30-10:30 Open Mic
Join us for the first of many mead filled poetic nights at Brother’s Drake.
Come out and hear local poets and bring your own work to read during open mic.