Writing Retreat or Conference?

November 7, 2017
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Inspiration when writers come together

Thinking of getting away to write, but not sure if you want (or need) a writers’ retreat or conference? There are differences. Retreats tend to take place in more intimate settings in beautiful locations. Some focus on writing in solitude like writer’s residencies while others lean more toward conferences with networking and presentations.

This past weekend, I attended an unstructured writing retreat for women in a local Bed & Breakfast. As enjoyable as it was to have such a quiet, cozy setting, I wonder if I should have made a conscious effort to connect more with the other seven writers in attendance. We shared conversation over meals, but many of us retreated to our rooms for writing and reading. At retreats, it is difficult to determine the perfect balance between solitude and socializing. As an introvert, I tend to keep my distance if someone appears engrossed in their writing or reading. I believe many writers are introverts and do the same.

An ideal writing retreat may be one that of loose structure which encourages networking, inspiration, and learning – in an awesome location – with incredible people. Aren’t all writers incredible? I like to think so.

When I began my research on retreats in 2018, I realized the February and March retreat application deadlines have already passed. Imagine going to California, Colorado, or Florida for a retreat this winter. Sigh. Maybe in 2019.

Here are a few to consider if you want to escape to another state in late spring or summer:

Women Reading Aloud Writer’s Weekend Retreat
April 2018
Deadline for application: December 1, 2017
Sea Girt, New Jersey
Workshops led by WRA Founder Julia Maloney and Best-selling author Jacqueline Sheehan
Another workshop in Greece, September 2018

Mokulē‘ia Writers’ Retreat
Waialua, Hawaii
May 2018

The White Mountain Retreat
July 2018
Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Deadline for early, early bird application: December 1, 2017
Deadline for application: June 1, 2018

Moss Wood, Maine Retreats
Cape Rosier, in Moss Wood, in a house perched on the shore of Penobscot Bay
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Tassajara Retreat Center – Crafting Personal Stories
Carmel Valley, California
August 2018
Writing and Meditation








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