Get out of town for two nights for great writing inspiration, delicious food, outstanding literary friendship, generative workshops with Jennifer Lauck — along with some high desert sun.
Bring that essay, short story, chapter, or bubbling idea. Share with Jennifer personally and/or share with the group in order to see how it sounds to other objective thinkers. The weekend is also a great place to launch a project. You can write a few hundred words (or thousands if you're so inclined), and then share what arose spontaneously. You will be amazed if you do this. The clean mountain air has a way of really shaking things loose.
Jennifer will cover aspects of craft (scene, summary), discuss expectations within genre's (fiction, creative non-fiction, short story, essay), and teach specific aspects of story (plot, structure, character development, theme, setting, concepts). She'll also be sharing published essays, short stories, novel excerpts which will be sent to you prior to the workshop weekend so you can enjoy them.
Everyone will be advised to bring a computer, in case Jennifer gets a wild hair and sends a handout during the workshop (this happened last year). There will be wi-fi, so you can connect up, get the handouts, and send your work to the others in the group too.
She will gear her teaching/sharing with what the group needs at the time. It's a very fluid experience, both laid back but also pointed toward your needs, personally, and as a group.
The weekend is fantastic way to refresh your writing life.
Draft Schedule (actual schedule may vary):
7pm Wine and cheese reception and talk: We'll get together, introduce ourselves, review the plan for the weekend, and talk a little about creativity and inspiration. This is mostly social with a half-hour to 45-minute organization session too.
7-9am: Early morning writing: Early morning writing is an opportunity to clear your mind, imagine projects, sketch, and write.
9am: Breakfast: Delivered to the hotel.
9:30-10:45am: Introductory prompts and discussion.
12:30: Lunch: Delivered to the hotel.
1:30-3 Afternoon writing.
6pm Dinner: Delivered to the hotel.
7:30pm: Reading Hour and Celebration.
7-9am Early morning writing.
9am Breakfast delivered to the hotel.
11am Late morning writing.
12pm: Final meeting. Q & A and Discovery.