2018 Summer Writing Retreats lotteries are now open.
July 14th: Fiction, Joni Cole in Georgia,
closes June 16th
Aug. 25th: Prose, Robin McLean,
in Grand Isle, closes July 28th
Sept. 8th, Poetry, Baron Wormser in
Adamant, closes Aug. 11th
Nov. 11: Creative Nonfiction, Jericho Parms,
Burlington, closes October 28th
Workshops are day long on Saturdays, except for Creative NonFiction, which is held on Sunday, November 11th. Specifics: times, directions, number of attendees, food, etc will be announced in the acceptance mailings for each separate workshop.
Sign up for your 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choices here:
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How it works
Each lottery closes four weeks prior to its date. We’ll let you know if you’ve gotten a spot, or are on the waiting list, one week after each lottery closes. Our goal will be to ensure that as many people as possible can attend at least 1 of these 4 retreats. If there are additional spots available, we’ll happily give you a seat at more!
To be eligible for this lottery, you need to have attended at least two workshops during the three months before the retreat you’re requesting or have served as a volunteer at BWW in some capacity during the previous year. Members who have been marked as ‘no-shows’ within the past year are not eligible for retreats. Out of consideration for fellow writers, when you find yourself unable to attend a workshop you’ve signed up for, just change your RSVP to ‘no ‘ so you won’t be marked a ‘no-show.’
Write More, Write Better and Be Happier with Joni Cole, July 14th
Joni B. Cole is the author of the newly released Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier, included in Poets& Writers list of “Best Books for Writers.” Joni is also the author of the acclaimed book on writing, Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive (“I can’t imagine a better guide to [writing’s] rewards and perils than this fine book,” American Book Review), and Another Bad-Dog Book: Essays on Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior (“Funny, smart, original, and, just to keep us on our toes, occasionally heartbreaking”). She teaches in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College, serves on the creative writing faculty of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and is founder of the Writer’s Center of White River Junction, Vermont. She is also a contributor to The Writer magazine, and leads expressive writing workshops for a diversity of social service and academic programs. Joni has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and USA Fellowship Award. www.jonibcole.com.
Plan for the day:
This retreat will help you cultivate a healthy and productive creative process that will serve you now, and for the rest of your writing life. You’ll learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated. You’ll receive quality instruction on craft. You’ll also find inspiration and generate new material through writing prompts and other forms of sustenance, most notably gathering within a supportive community. As part of the retreat, everyone is asked to bring 3-4 double-spaced pages of writing to share for appreciation and quality critique. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome—this workshop meets you where you’re at in your writing life, and moves you forward from there. Please leave your inner critic at home.
Writing Prose – Fiction and Nonfiction – with Robin McLean, August 25th
Robin McLean was a lawyer and then a potter for 15 years in the woods of Alaska before receiving her MFA at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts. Her first short story collection Reptile House won the 2013 BOA Editions Fiction Prize and was published in May 2015. The collection was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Story Prize in 2011 and 2012. McLean’s stories have appeared widely in such places as The Cincinnati Review, Carve, The Common, Copper Nickel, and many others.
A figure skater first—having learned to skate and walk at the same time—McLean believes that crashing on ice prepared her for writing fiction. Besides writing, her careers and interests have been diverse: pushcart hotdog sales, lawyer and mediator, potter and tile maker, political activist, union organizer, sculptor, haunted corn maze manager as well as zombie trainer. She currently teaches at Clark University and divides her time between the high plains desert of central Nevada and New England. www.robinmclean.net
Plan for the day:
In this workshop we are subversive. Using a variety of craft exercises we attempt to turn our usual writing style upside down, find ourselves constructing lines we did not know we could write. In doing so, participants will go away from the day comfortable with new methods and techniques to stimulate and open their prose beyond our tried and true.
Writing Poetry with Baron Wormser, September 8th
Baron Wormser is the author/co-author of fourteen books and a poetry chapbook. His books include Scattered Chapters: New and Selected Poems (Sarabande Books), The Road Washes Out in Spring: a Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the Grid (University Press of New England), and The Poetry Life: Ten Stories (CavanKerry Press). His novel Tom o’ Vietnam, about a Vietnam veteran who is obsessed with King Lear, will be published by New Rivers Press in the fall of 2017. Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. From 2000 to 2006 he served as poet laureate of the state of Maine. He has taught many dozens of workshops across the United States and continues to offer generative workshops along with workshops focusing on the works of a particular poet. http://baronwormser.com
Plan for the day:
This is a generative poetry-writing workshop. Participants will be given prompts of various poems that offer imaginative opportunities to take off into their own writing. The prompts come from a variety of poets, showing a variety of poetic occasions. There will be time to write as many as six new poems during the course of the day. We discuss each poem, followed by more writing time, then read aloud what is written. We will not critique what was written, but rather talk about the imaginative presences that turned up and where they might lead.
Writing Nonfiction with Jericho Parms, November 11th
Jericho Parms is the author of Lost Wax (University of Georgia Press, 2016). Her essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, The Normal School, Hotel Amerika, American Literary Review, Brevity and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, noted in Best American Essays, and anthologized in Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction and Waveform: Twenty-First Century Essays By Women. She is the Associate Director of the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches at Champlain College. https://jerichoparms.com
Plan for the day:
Jericho will lead an interactive retreat at the Rock Point center on the shores of Lake Champlain, discussing craft, offering samples from authors, initiating periods for writing during the day, and sharing participants’ work. The property encompasses 130 acres on Lake Champlain and has hiking trails through various habitats, as well as a solar orchard and community gardens with a focus on responsible environmental practices.
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