Guided Fiction Writing Retreat

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Image of Terry Cleveland's property

Home of BWW member Terry Cleveland, site of the 2016 BWW Guided Fiction Retreat

Time: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with built-in breaks and a light lunch provided. Optional potluck dinner to follow.

Place: Home of BWW member Terry Cleveland (Georgia, Vermont)

Retreat type: Guided fiction retreat

Instructor: Megan Mayhew Bergman

Number of available spots: 7


Please enter your first name, last name, and email address as well as the last 3 workshops you’ve attended (or your volunteer role with the BWW) and an explanation of any no-shows (not showing up for a workshop without changing your RSVP) to be entered to win a spot in this retreat. The lottery closes at 12 midnight, June 15, 2016. You will be notified by June 22, 2016 if you are on the attendance list or waitlist.

Learn more about:

Who’s eligible for the lottery?

These retreats are not typical first-come, first-serve BWW workshops. They are intended as a benefit for active members of the BWW community. To make sure that all active BWW members have an equal chance of attending a retreat, participants will be selected through a lottery system.
Change RSVPTo be considered an active BWW member, you must have:
  1. Attended at least 3 workshops in the past 3 months or volunteered for the BWW within the past year. Please list the last 3 workshops you’ve attended, or your volunteer role, in your entry form.
  2. Had no unexplained “no-shows” (not coming to a workshop you signed up for without changing your RSVP) within the past 3 months. If you’ve had a no-show, please explain the circumstances in your entry form.
Note: Changing your RSVP to avoid a “no-show” status is easy. If you need to drop out of a workshop you’ve signed up for, just go to the workshop description on and click “CHANGE” under “Your RSVP”. Doing this also allows someone from the waitlist to take your open spot.

In an effort to ensure that as many members who want to attend a retreat have that opportunity, all available spots in each retreat will first be given to members who have not attended a previous retreat in the series.

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More about the instructor

Megan Mayhew Bergman

Megan Mayhew Bergman, instructor for the 2016 BWW Guided Fiction Retreat

Megan Mayhew Bergman has published two books with Scribner: Birds of a Lesser Paradise, and Almost Famous Women, which were Barnes and Noble Discover selections and Indie Next Picks, and a Huffington Post Best Book of the Year. She has a novel under contract and has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition and Selected Shorts. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, Salon, Oxford American, McSweeneys, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She received fellowships from Breadloaf and the American Library in Paris, and won the 2015 Garrett Award for Fiction. She lives in Shaftsbury Vermont and is the associate director of the Bennington MFA program.