Fall Writing Retreat, Sept. 19 – 21

At Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, Leavenworth, Washington

Taught by Nicholas O’Connell, MFA Ph.D.

Journal writing is an integral part of the program. Do you have a story you’re burning to write, but never have time to get it done? If so, this is the course for you. This intensive weekend seminar, taught by one of the Northwest’s master teachers, will help you complete a personal essay or story from start to finish.

You will utilize writing practice techniques to generate an entire rough draft of your story in several hours. By the end of the weekend (Sept. 17-19) you will have your piece finished and the polishing process well in hand.

You will learn craft techniques, including how to use characters to sharpen and deepen your work, that would otherwise require weeks of coursework to assimilate.

You will learn secrets of how to prepare the piece for the market and how and where to send it. The Friday (Sept. 17) session 4 to 6 p.m. will include an introduction to the course and dinner at the inspiring Icicle Creek Center for the Arts outside Leavenworth. The Saturday (9 to 4) and Sunday (9 to noon) sessions will be held at the center’s Canyon Wren recital hall, a peaceful, beautiful place designed to enhance our creative work together.

The course fee will be $425 per person double occupancy, $400 triple occupancy, $500 single occupancy, or $325 for meals but no lodging. The fee includes two nights lodging, four meals, and expert writing instruction.

To enroll, please send Nicholas O’Connell a check at 201 Newell St., Seattle, WA 98109 or you can pay with a credit card via the Paypal link above. The course is limited to 15 participants and will likely fill quickly.