Tayna Lyn Willard, a member of the BWW, has offered to lead a free writing retreat for women on October 25th. The retreat will take place at HOWL (Huntington Open Women’s Land trust). There is a house, a barn and 50 acres of land including fields, streams and hiking trails. This is a nature retreat for both poetry and prose writers. Poetry-focused time will be from 9 a.m. – noon and prose-focused time will be from 1-4 p.m. This is meant to be only a lightly guided retreat with much time and space allowed for writing and creating during the retreat. There is an option to camp overnight in the field by the pond. HOWL has a full kitchen and shower available for the use of anyone who would like to camp that night. Camping participants should plan to bring their own food or eat in a neighboring town. Participants should also bring anything they need to sleep, such as a sleeping bag and tent. Tanya will also be leading a hike once the sessions are over for anyone interested in staying active. HOWL is only about a five minute drive from Camel’s Hump if anyone is interested in hiking that afterwards.
Tanya will lead a few exercises in both groups prompting each writer to look at what role nature plays in her writing and taking a closer look at aspects of nature as expression. Writers are welcome to bring works-in-progress or start fresh. The main point of the retreat is to offer writers the time and space to create or further their own works.If you’re interested in attending this free retreat, please fill out this contact form before Sept. 30th. Space is limited, and the names of the participants will be drawn at random among those who fill out the form. If your name is drawn, please be prepared to attend. If you are selected but can’t attend, please notify the BWW immediately so we can inform someone else that space has opened up. Please contact us if you have questions. And gentlemen, don’t worry. We’ll be having a men-only writing retreat in the near future, so stay tuned!