Fall Weekend Writers' Retreat--November 1-3, 2013

Do you yearn for a get-away to focus on your work-in-progress, in an inspiring yet restful setting, while receiving guidance from writing and publishing professionals, so you can return home re-charged and ready to take the next steps on your creative writing path? If so, our Fall 2013 Weekend Writers' Retreat--November 1-3, 2013--may be just what you need!

WHO may attend?

This retreat is designed for writers who have works of fiction (short stories or novels) or essay(s)/creative nonfiction either complete or in progress and who wish to focus on revising/completing this work and identifying next steps on their writing paths. Up to twenty writers will be selected from applicants. (See "How to apply" at bottom of this page for details.)

WHERE will the retreat be HELD?

This event will be held at the beautiful, historic Grailville Retreat Center, Loveland, Ohio. http://www.grailville.org/ Please note: each participant will have his/her own private bedroom for the night. Bathrooms/shower facilities are shared (each gender will be assigned a bathroom/shower facility.)

WHO will LEAD this retreat?

This retreat will be led by Matthew Goodman and Sherri Wood Emmons!

Matthew GoodmanMatthew Goodman
Matthew Goodman is the author of three books of non-fiction. His latest, the narrative history Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World, was published in 2013 by Ballantine Books. It has been translated into seven languages and was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Spring 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection. His previous book, The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York, was a Borders Books Original Voices selection and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Economist magazine. Matthew's essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including The American Scholar, Harvard Review, Bon Appetit, the Forward, and the Utne Reader, and he has taught writing in many colleges and writing conferences, among them the Antioch Writers' Workshop and the Chautauqua Writers Institute. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two children. Learn more about Matthew at www.matthewgoodmanbooks.com

Sherri Wood Emmons is a freelance writer and editor. Prayers and Lies

was her first work of fiction; her published novels since then are The Sometimes Daughter and The Weight of Small Things. She is a graduate of Earlham College and the University of Denver Publishing Institute. A mother of three, she lives in Indiana with her husband, two fat beagles, and four spoiled cats. Sherri recently led an afternoon fiction seminar at the 2013 summer program for the Antioch Writers' Workshop. Learn more about Sherri at www.sherriwoodemmons.com

WHAT is the SCHEDULE for the retreat and WHAT will participants DO?

Friday, November 1, 2013

--6:00 p.m.--Arrive and check in at Grailville

--7:00 p.m.--Ice breakers, creative writing exercises, wine, beverages and snacks provided; small group discussions and one-on-one consultations*

Saturday, November 2, 2013

--@8:30 a.m.--Breakfast in the gathering hall.

--9:00 a.m.--Write on your own in the inspiring setting of Grailville, drawing on the creativity starters and feedback received on Friday evening/one-on-one consultations as pre-scheduled.

--12:30 p.m.--Lunch provided

--After lunch until dinner--small group discussions*/one-on-one consultations as pre-scheduled.

--6:30 p.m.--Dinner provided

--Post dinner--participant readings; small group discussions*

Sunday, November 3, 2013

@8:30 a.m.--Breakfast delivered to your door! Write on your own, participate in small group discussions* and one-on-one consultations as pre-scheduled

--12:30 p.m.--Lunch and final group gathering

--2:00 p.m.--Depart Grailville to return home and apply inspiration, motivation and momentum gained at retreat to your own work-in-progress!

*So what do "small group discussions" mean? That will depend on the participants! Rather than set specific topics, we will ask selected participants to identify what THEY want to get out of small group discussions and writing prompts/exercises. Discussions about publishing, voice, research, character development? Want to simply have q-and-a sessions with our retreat faculty leaders? Sure! Specifics will be determined from feedback from participants after selection but before the beginning of the retreat.

PLEASE NOTE: You will submit up to 20 pages, double-spaced, of fiction or creative nonfiction. This work will be used to select participants. If selected, you will be assigned to have a one-on-one consultation with ONE of the retreat faculty leaders.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING FOOD: All food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) served by Grailville is organic and from produce grown on premises. AWW will provide opening night reception light fare as well as coffee on Saturday and Sunday. If you have specific dietary needs or wish to have personal snacks or other food, please plan on bringing these items with you. Your Grailville lodging will include a communal kitchen.

So... if I'm SELECTED, WHAT will this COST?

Cost is $450.00 TOTAL--and includes two nights lodging at Grailville, all food catered by Grailville (Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner; Sunday breakfast and lunch), and instruction/guidance by Creative Nonfiction Author Matthew Goodman and Novelist Sherri Wood Emmons. Transportation to and from Grailville is not included and must be arranged by participants.


To apply...

Email info@antiochwritersworkshop.com with the subject line: Fall 2013 Retreat Application. Attach, as a WORD file, or mail to Antioch Writers' Workshop, c/o Antioch University Midwest, 900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, the following TWO documents:

--a one-page cover letter providing your name, contact information (address, email, phone), and a paragraph or two about where you are on the writing path (what you're working on) and why you want to attend this retreat.

--a writing sample: between 10 and 20 double spaced pages of creative nonfiction OR fiction

PLEASE NOTE: Up to twenty applicants will be selected by Antioch Writers' Workshop. Applications will be accepted between August 1, 2013 and October 1, 2013. Applicants MUST be over 21 years of age. Applicants will receive a confirmation via email that application has been received within 5 BUSINESS days of receipt. (If you do not receive an email confirmation within 5 BUSINESS days, please re-send application.)

Applicants will receive notification of acceptance or decline by email by October 7, 2013, midnight. PLEASE NOTE: Due to volume of applications anticipated, Antioch Writers' Workshop cannot provide feedback on submitted pieces about why application might be declined.

WHAT happens NEXT if I am ACCEPTED to the FALL 2013 RETREAT?

After notification of acceptance by October 7, 2013, you will be invoiced for $450.00 for the fall retreat. This will be due October 17, 2013. $125.00 of this fee is NONREFUNDABLE; after October 24, 2013, the entire amount is NONREFUNDABLE (because by that date, it will be too late to consider those applicants who have been wait-listed.) You will also receive a questionnaire about your goals/preferences for the small group discussions/writing prompts/etc. You will receive a detailed email by October 24, 2013 (driving directions, check-in procedures, items to bring, etc.) about the retreat.