Memoir

Dates for 2020  coming soon!

The week will include morning sessions consisting of  craft talks and a daily writing prompt, the results of which may be shared on a voluntary basis the following morning. After lunch, participants will have the afternoon to write, reflect, take advantage of the lake and resort amenities, get a massage or take a yoga class, have a personal consultation, and/or attend an optional afternoon session in which writers will present a five-page excerpt to the group for  workshopping.

While the cabins will be quiet spaces for writing, there are plenty of outside areas and a community room for impromptu conversations with other writers.

Our visiting writer (when we have one) will conduct one afternoon and one morning session, and give an evening reading, followed by an open mic reading of participants and a book signing.

Our goal has been to find a good balance between structured time in workshops and unstructured time to write, relax, and reflect.  The afternoons can be somewhat shaped by the wishes of the group, once we’ve met and discussed.

Detailed Schedule:

Day 1:

  • 2 pm: Participants arrive and check in
  • 5-6:30 pm:  Opening reception–wine and cheese
  • 6:30: Dinner on your own, individually or in groups (or one group).
  • After dinner: Free time to unpack, socialize, swim, etc.

Day 2:

  • 8-9:30:  Breakfast (provided)
  • 9:30-11:  Morning session
  • 11-12:  Lunch (provided)
  • 12-4: Free time (writing, lake activities, pool, individual consultations, etc.)
  • 4-5:30: Optional workshop on submitted work
  • 5:30: Dinner on your own
  • 8:30 pm: campfire

Day 3:

  • 8-9:30:  Breakfast (provided)
  • 9:30-11:  Morning session
  • 11-12:  Lunch (provided)
  • 12-4: Free time (writing, lake activities, pool, individual consultations, etc.)
  • 2-4: (optional) visit to Itasca State Park
  • 4-5:30: Optional workshop on submitted work
  • 5:30: Dinner on your own
  • 8:30 pm: pontoon cruise

Day 4:

  • 8-9:30: Breakfast (provided)
  • 9:30:  Morning session
  • 11-12:  Lunch (provided)
  • 12-2: Free time (writing, lake activities, pool, etc.)
  • 2-4:30: Visiting writer session
  • 5:30-6:30: Reception
  • 7:00 pm:  Visiting writer reading and book signing, open mic for participants

Day 5:

  • 8-9:30: Breakfast, check out of guest house
  • 10-12:  Morning session
  • 12-1 Farewell lunch

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