Fall Weekend Writers' Retreat--September 12-14, 2014

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 2014 Weekend Writers' Retreat--September 12-14, 2014--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 FIFTEEN 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: participants may opt for a PRIVATE bedroom for the cost of $450 for the weekend; participants sharing a bedroom with a same-gender participant have the reduced fee of $350 each. ALL participants will share dormitory style bathrooms/shower facilities(each gender will be assigned a bathroom/shower facility.)

WHO will LEAD this retreat?

This retreat will be led by Dinty W. Moore and Cathy Day.

Dinty W. Moore is author of numerous books, including The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life, Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction, and the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize. He recently edited THE ROSE METAL PRESS FIELD GUIDE TO WRITING FLASH NONFICTION: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers.

Dinty lives in Athens, Ohio, the funkadelicious, hillbilly-hippie Appalachian epicenter of the locally-grown, locally-consumed, goats-are-for-cheese, paw-paws-are-for-eatin’, artisanal-salsa, our-farmers-market-rocks-the-hills sub-culture, where he grows his own heirloom tomatoes and edible dandelions, and teaches a crop of brilliant undergraduate and stunningly talented graduate students as director of Ohio University’s BA, MA, and PhD in Creative Writing program. Learn more about Dinty at dintywmoore.com

Cathy Day is the author of two books. Her most recent work is "Comeback Season" (Free Press), part memoir about life as a single woman and part sports story about the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl season in 2006.

Her first book was "The Circus in Winter" (Harcourt)a fictional history of her hometown which was a finalist for the GLCA New Writers Award, the Great Lakes Book Award, and the Story Prize, and is being adapted into a musical.

Her stories and essays have appeared most recently in Pank, Sports Illustrated, The Millions, North American Review, and Ninth Letter and elsewhere. Her essay, “Where Do You Want Me to Sit?” appeared in Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom: The Authority Project. Ed. Anna Leahy, published by Multilingual Matters Ltd., one of the first books on creative writing pedagogy.

"The Circus in Winter" was a finalist for three book contests: the Story Prize, the Great Lakes Book Award, and the GLCA New Writer Award. It was a Barnes & Noble “Discover” selection, an “Original Voices” pick at Borders, and a Best Book of 2004 on Amazon.com. Circus has been translated into both German and Czech. Her fiction and nonfiction have been broadcast on NPR’s ” Selected Shorts” and “Studio 360.”

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

--2:30 p.m.--Arrive, check in, settle in, get acquainted, write!

--6:30 p.m.--Dinner in Grailville's gathering hall

--post dinner--Creative writing exercises, small group discussions and one-on-one consultations*

Saturday, September 13, 2014

--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 in gathering hall.

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

--6:30 p.m.--Dinner in gathering hall.

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

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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

Post Breakfast--Write on your own, participate in small group discussions* and one-on-one consultations as pre-scheduled

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

--@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.

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 $350.00 TOTAL (For each individual sharing a room with one other roommate) or $450.00 TOTAL (For each individual with a private room)--and includes two nights lodging at Grailville, all food as described above, and instruction/guidance by Dinty W. Moore and Cathy Day. 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 2014 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 5 and 10 double spaced pages of creative nonfiction OR fiction

PLEASE NOTE: Up to FIFTEEN applicants will be selected by Antioch Writers' Workshop. Applications will be accepted between July 19, 2014 and August 21, 2014. 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 August 24, 2014, 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 2014 RETREAT?

After notification of acceptance by August 24, 2014, you will be invoiced for the fall retreat. This will be due August 29. $125.00 of this fee is STRICTLY NONREFUNDABLE; after September 4, 2014, the entire amount is STRICTLY 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 September 4, 2014 (driving directions, check-in procedures, items to bring, etc.) about the retreat.