So…I poked around the internet for tips on creating my own writing retreat and thought I’d share a few tidbits. I hope you’ll click on the links and read the full posts.
Create Your Own Mini-Writing Retreat by Kathryn Haueisen Cashen
- Rethink your definition of a retreat.
- Commit to yourself.
- Create a portable writing kit.
- Set a goal for each retreat.
- Start small.
- Take a bigger leap.
- Get creative.
The DIY Writer’s Retreat by Jason Theodor
- Book vacation time.
- Find a remote place to stay.
- Remove distractions.
- Stock good, simple food.
- Organized files.
- Comfortable writing space.
- Physical space/mental space.
- Natural sleep.
- Obligation-free companionship.
DIY Writing Retreat by Kelli Russell Agodon
Notes from the author:
- Do the longer assignments earlier in the day.
- If you need to generate material to do a poem (say a word list, images from childhood, etc.) do this BEFORE you get there.
- Have assignments for the end of the day that have more structure so when your brain conks out, you still have something to draw from.
...keep an open mind. We each brought new exercises, some we'd never tried before. We did not know if they would work or what would happen. Some exercises produced fantastic first drafts for all of us that we will continue to work on, others fell flat. We did not base our success on what we had written, but on the fact that we had tried something new and were all there together.
How to Create Your Own Writing Retreat by Midge Raymond
- Just do it.
- Gather your fellow writers together
- Clear the decks.
- Create your space.
- Stay offline.
- Give yourself guidelines.
- Afterward, assess the pros and cons, the highs and lows
- Schedule retreats often
Elizabeth Ayres, author, writing teacher, and founder of the Elizabeth Ayres Center for Creative Writing has paved the way for writers to take a retreat from everyday life with her book Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers . For the price of the book and a cup of coffee, a writer can use Writing the Wave as a weekly retreat to stimulate creativity and learn, or re-learn, the fundamentals of writing.
Taking a Personal DIY Writer’s Retreat by Joan Whetzel
…the personal writer’s retreat is centered on writing, either concentrated working on writing in progress, concentrating on improving current writing skills, or adding new skills or techniques to the writer’s tool box. It can be combined with a personal retreat, where the writer recharges his or her batteries, either by sleeping more, taking naps, going to a restful location, exploring other creative outlets, eating better, exercising, or even taking a partial or complete break from writing – whatever it takes to refill the writer’s creative juices so he or she can get back to the business of writing with a fresh – or refreshed – perspective.
If memory serves, WARA has another retreat planned for early October.
If you’ve already planned your writing retreats, please share what worked and what didn’t.