A Leap Forward Writing Retreat

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

at a private home in the country near Lawrence, Kansas

$90 includes retreat, delicious food, a handout of

writing prompts & tools, and a mini coaching session

Have a project – a book, an essay, a story, a poem, a song or two – that you need time and support to work on or finish? This one-day writing retreat can help you find your voice, groove, and direction, plus get a fresh perspective and some strong writing done. Come to a peaceful place where you can write in concert with others doing the same.

Catching up during lunch

Format: We'll start sharing our writing goals for the day over coffee, tea, fruit, and treats before spreading out to write for a few hours. We'll reconvene for lunch and a check-in, sharing guidance and encouragement with each other before our afternoon writing session. Then we'll come back together for an afternoon tea (or coffee) to share our progress, next steps, and sparks of insight. We'll also have time to stretch, wander the prairie, and just stare at the sky (weather-permitting, Ken Lassman will lead us on a short prairie walk).

We eat well

Writing: Bring something you're working on or wanting to start, develop, or finish. You're also welcome to bring a laptop if that's your preferred form of word travel. If you just want to create on the spot without a plan, you can riff off writing prompts or use some of Caryn's many writing guides (which will be out and about during our retreat). If you like to listen to music while you write, bring ear buds or headphones. While we'll check in with each other at the beginning, middle, and end of the retreat, we won't be sharing our work aloud although there will be time for you to share a snippet if you choose.

The entire day provided a warm environment and uplifting writer camaraderie. This is a great one-day getaway for both beginning and established writers. We had a small bit of together time and plenty of alone time to work on our individual projects. During my one-on-one session with Caryn she suggested the perfect theme to give my manuscript the focus it was lacking. And oh my, the food was incredible! - Cheryl Unruh, author of Flyover People and Walking on Water

Mini Coaching Session: Caryn will meet with each participant in her office for 15 minutes to talk about your questions, challenges, breakthroughs, and possibilities as well as craft and process.

Place: Our home is three miles south of Lawrence on the southwest side of a hill with ample vistas of sky, native prairie, brome fields, and woodlands. A friendly dog and two cats live here too. Writing spaces include a kitchen table, counter, standing desk, couches, and chairs in a greenhouse, and if weather permits, front porch and back deck.

Food:  We'll enjoy coffee, black and herbal teas, hot cocoa, fruit, and baked goods, and for lunch, a vegetarian soup (in colder weather), big salad, and bread and various toppings (including vegetarian, meat, and non-dairy options). If you have special dietary needs, please let Caryn know.

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