6th Annual Fall Retreat September 29-October 1, 2017
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 6th Annual Fall Weekend Writers' Retreat 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 Bergamo Retreat Center. Participants will stay in a private dorm style room with a private bathroom.
WHO will LEAD this retreat? Meredith Doench and Lee Martin will lead this year's retreat!
Meredith Doench is the author of the Luce Hansen Thriller series from Bold Strokes Books. Crossed, the first in the series, was published in August of 2015 and placed second in that year's IndieFab Awards for the mystery genre (Silver Award). Crossed was also awarded the Nancy Dasher Award in 2017 from the College English Association of Ohio. The second novel in the series, Forsaken Trust, was published in May 2017. Doench's short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in literary journals such as Hayden's Ferry Review, Women's Studies Quarterly, Lumina, Gertrude, and many more. She was one of the founding associate prose editors of the literary journal, Camera Obscura: Journal of Literature and Photography. A native Ohioan, Meredith holds a BS in Special Education from Ball State University, an MA in English from the University of Dayton, and a PhD from Texas Tech University in English/Creative Writing. Learn more about Meredith at meredithdoench.com
Lee Martin is the Pulitzer Prize Finalist author of The Bright Forever, and four other novels: Quakertown, River of Heaven, Break the Skin, and Late One Night. His other books are the memoirs, Such a Life, From Our House, and Turning Bones; and the short story collection, The Least You Need to Know. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Harper's, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Glimmer Train. He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University, where he was the winner of the 2006 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. Learn more about Lee at www.leemartinauthor.com
WHAT is the SCHEDULE for the retreat and WHAT will participants DO? Friday, September 29, 2017
2:30 p.m.--Arrive, check in, settle in, get acquainted, write!
post dinner--Creative writing exercises, small group discussions and one-on-one consultations
Saturday, September 30, 2017
9:00 a.m.--Write on your own, drawing on the creativity starters and feedback received on Friday evening/one-on-one consultations as pre-scheduled.
After lunch until dinner--small group discussions/one-on-one consultations as pre-scheduled.
Post dinner--participant readings; small group discussions
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Post Breakfast--Write on your own, participate in small group discussions and one-on-one consultations as pre-scheduled
@2:00 p.m.--Depart to return home and apply inspiration, motivation and momentum gained at retreat to your own work-in-progress!
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING FOOD: All meals listed above are included in the retreat price. Participants are welcome to bring their own food for specific dietary needs or to have personal snacks.
So... if I'm SELECTED, WHAT will this COST? Cost is $450.00 TOTAL and includes two nights lodging at Bergamo, all food as described above, and instruction/guidance by retreat leaders. Transportation to and from Bergamo is not included and must be arranged by participants.
Sounds FANTASTIC! HOW do I APPLY? APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN; DEADLINE TO APPLY AUGUST 15. ACCEPTED APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED SHORTLY THEREAFTER.
Your application will need to include 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. Applicants MUST be over 21 years of age. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance or decline shortly thereafter. 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 2017 RETREAT? After notification of acceptance, you will be invoiced $450.00 for the fall retreat. This will be due September 1. $125.00 of this fee is STRICTLY NONREFUNDABLE; after September 8, 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 receive a detailed email by September 15 (driving directions, check-in procedures, items to bring, etc.) about the retreat.