My Writing and Creativity Retreat for Women has been an annual event since 1998, when I began talking to my classes about holding a weeklong writing retreat for women. It would be a retreat where the location inspired our shared creativity and we wouldn't be interrupted by the outside world.
There was such excitement about the idea that one of the women offered her beach home on Edisto Island, South Carolina. Within weeks, eighteen women had signed up and I began planning my first Retreat. I hired a private chef so we’d have no responsibilities and we could write in an intimate community of creative women for the entire week.
"My favorite part of Emily's Retreat was being with the women in the Circle. I loved watching the process flow. The shared insights made me feel part of the flow and the magic."
"The retreat jump-started my writing in a way I never thought possible. The words tumbled out, and I am overjoyed. I come away from this magical place that invites the land and the sea into my imagination with a full heart."
- Cynthia Ayers
"The retreat opened me to the joy of writing; it showed me that writing can come from anywhere - an unusual prompt, a fragment of a poem, a thought shared by a new friend. It showed me that my writing is valued and enjoyed."
- Lisa Friedlander, California Retreat, 2018