"Being in a shared space and writing together for longer times is fantastic! I love that so many of us were continuing pieces over the length of the retreat." - Kari Kilgore
The Fiction Writer's Journey: Inviting the Unknown Into Our Writing As we open to the unknown, we discover new characters and deepen our relationship to them and their stories. We discover that falling in love with our characters — the good and the bad — is one of the most glorious aspects of being a fiction writer!
Writing, Critiquing and Group Sessions Writing prompts, dialoguing and interviewing characters are just a few of the techniques we use on this writer's retreat.
Critiquing Sessions Are Vital Parts of this Writer's Retreat The aim is always to inspire, never discourage, the writer. I use a method I call, "Mining for Jewels", which helps us articulate why a piece works and what is need to take it to the next step.
We open new possibilities for character and plot by asking “What If?” questions. "What if such and such happens?” and “What if she/he does this instead of _____?"
We explore character motivation, through the technique of “Interviewing Characters”. This is based on the idea that the character has a life outside of you. Or, to put it another way, who you perceive your character to be and who your character truly is, are usually quite different. The results are wildly inspiring.
On this five day retreat, there is plenty of time for writing in session and out, for simply relaxing, walking, talking with others and enjoying being part of a supportive writing circle.