The magic of our 2022 Woman’s Writing Retreat will reveal itself as, day by day, we learn first to trust and then to embrace what feels like Chaos but is really our Imagination!
Writing fiction demands that we feel at ease in the seething sea of our Imagination. Like Alice, we must follow the White Rabbit down the hole into our own, personal, Wonderland.
This is seldom easy. In fact, as Alice discovered, Wonderland is chaotic. You’ll embark on a labyrinthine journey, encountering strange characters, hidden byways, dark tunnels, meeting unexpected adventures around every twist and turn.
Does this Chaos have a secret purpose?
Would your journey be more fruitful if instead you travelled safely along a wide, scenic boulevard, roadmap in hand?
You’ll experience the answers during our Retreat at my Zephyr Shore oceanfront homes in Bar Harbor, Maine.
In planning this year’s Retreat, I suddenly discovered a way for us to experience this Chaos, metaphorically swim in it, find story and structure within it, rise up out of it, and most important of all, guide the story you’re writing to its most perfect completion.
By the end of our Retreat, you will have had a visceral experience of floating in the swirling Chaos of your imagination, then traveling from chaos to the best possible completion of your particular story. This activity we’ll all be sharing, seemingly having nothing to do with fiction writing, is in fact the perfect template for birthing characters and plot, then weaving them together in scenes that provide a wealth of dramatic tension. You’ll know without a shadow of doubt when all is right within your story; that’s when you move on to Completion.
You’ll go home with a physical image of this process, one that will bring back memories you’ll be able to apply to each stage of each new story you write.
But back to the Retreat itself. From the very first evening, together we’ll create a Circle of women who support you and whom you support in return. We help each other become warriors for our Creativity. We take risks, have outrageous fun, dine splendidly, and breathe deeply of the invigorating ocean air!
And we write. Do we ever! We write, we read, and we share.
We do this in what I believe to be sacred space at Zephyr Shore – the name we’ve given to the oceanfront land embracing my two homes, Rising Sun Cottage and Sound of the Sea. We’re nestled between the ocean and the mountains. Beautiful beyond imagining, it’s a haven far from our everyday realities. Here, together, we dare to write wildly, beautifully.
Here we discover why this call to write is so vital to our very soul.