Writing Workshops

 Announcing 3 Upcoming Workshops / Spring, 2017

Finding Your Voice: Beginning Writer’s Guide to Self-Expression  April 7-9, 2017

Beginning Writers’ Boot Camp: Fiction: Full/no openings at this time

Beginning Writers’ Boot Camp: Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir: Full/no openings at this time

 

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Finding Your Voice: A Beginning Writer’s

Guide to Self-Expression

April 7-9, 2017

Whether we’re telling a story through fiction (short story or novel) or memoir, sometimes the biggest hurdle writers have to overcome is ourselves. Learning to trust our voice  – and recognizing that we do have one – is the first step in the writing process.

If you’ve been afraid to begin the writing process, but the urge to do so has been eating away at you for years, you’ve come to the right workshop. This weekend retreat will provide a supportive environment for exploring who you are as a writer, what’s been holding you back, and how to move forward.  You will have the opportunity to write during the weekend, to share your writing and to receive feedback. You may find that, by connecting with your authentic self, and a little guidance from your Muse, your own unique voice will be heard, loud and clear.

Workshop Schedule:

Friday Evening: The Writer’s Voice: An Introduction   5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

There’s an art and definitely a craft to conveying Voice through text. Through a comparative review (highly interactive) of famous writers’ voices, you’ll examine and discuss the underlying elements that signal to the reader that elusive, yet all-important, quality known as Voice. The evening will include an activity designed to encourage self-reflection with a writing exercise that will provide a chance to incorporate personal perspectives and points of view in your writing.   SATURDAY: 9 am – 5:00 pm    Morning: 9 am to 10:30 am Reading your writing from the Friday evening homework assignment. Followed by a mini-lecture and a writing exercise with an opportunity to receive feedback from the group.   Late Morning: 10:30 am – 11:30 am Writing on Your Own. Opportunity to consult on a one-to-one with Group Facilitator.   Lunch  11:30 to 12:30  On Your Own (lots of little shops and cafes on the island).   Early Afternoon:n 12:3 – 2:00 pm Individual and small group writing and feedback sessions   Late Afternoon: Personal Writing Time   Evening: Dinner on your own or as a group (your choice) in the beautiful and historic city of Charleston.  

Sunday Morning:  10:00 am – Noon

Group Reading/Feedback/Individual Sessions Mid-morning: Now That You’ve Found Your Voice, Where Do You Go From Here? Goal-setting and mapping a plan for your writing projects. Lunch: (on us) Affirmations & Farewell   Location: The workshop will be held on James Island, a 15 minute drive to Folly Beach and a 7 minute drive to the beautiful and historic city of Charleston. Address will be sent to each registered participant.   Lodging: Lodging is at each Participants’ choice at the many fine cottages, condos, b & b’s or hotels in Folly Beach or in downtown Charleston. If you want to share your contact information with other participants, in order to coordinate housing or rides, you may elect to do so.   Lodging on Folly Beach: check out vrbo.com for many, many cottages and condos. There is also a hotel on Folly Beach called The Tides. http://www.tidesfollybeach.com.   Lodging in downtown Charleston, check out: http://www.charlestoncvb.com/plan-your-trip/lodging~123/hotels~847/?location=charleston-downtown~445 and www.hotels.com and airbnb.com   Meals: Water, tea and snacks are provided during the workshop. Participants are also welcome to bring their own favorites. All meals, except the Sunday Lunch are on your own. Most participants travel with each other for meals. Saturday evening: optional entire group: we’ll vote on the type of restaurant.   Tuition: The cost for the workshop is 225.00.   Please write: LowcountryWritersRetreat@comcast.net if you would like registration materials.      

Beginning Writers’ Boot Camp: Fiction

(no more openings at this time)

Purpose: You won’t have to sew name labels into your clothes or sing Kumbayah – although, coincidentally, the song originated in the Gullah traditions of the South Carolina Sea Islands – but you will complete the writing equivalent of a challenging ropes course when you apply yourself to learning the basics of writing fiction.  The goal will be to outline the plot of a short story or novel; write character descriptions and dialogue: and understand the mechanics of a scene. The accent is on positive reinforcement as beginning writers explore the many facets of story-telling, including simplicity, clarity, showing vs. telling, tense, person, plot, characterization, story structure and more.

SCHEDULE: Friday evening: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Mini-Lectures and Discussion Writing, Reading and Outlining of Individual Goals for the Weekend. Assignment Saturday: 9 am – Noon Mini Lecture/Discussion and Writing/Reading Feedback Noon to 2 pm Free Time for lunch and to Write 2 pm to 5 pm Individual and Group Work 6 pm: Dinner as a Group (optional) Sunday: 10 am to Noon Individual Readings/Feedback Further outlining of individual writing goals Noon: Lunch as a Group at The Studio on James Island 1:00 Departure
  Location: The workshop will be held on James Island, a 15 minute drive to Folly Beach and a 7 minute drive to the beautiful and historic city of Charleston. Address will be sent to each registered participant.   Lodging: Lodging is at each Participants’ choice at the many fine cottages, condos, b & b’s or hotels in Folly Beach or in downtown Charleston. If you want to share your contact information with other participants, in order to coordinate housing or rides, you may elect to do so.   Lodging on Folly Beach: check out vrbo.com for many, many cottages and condos. There is also a hotel on Folly Beach called The Tides. http://www.tidesfollybeach.com.   Lodging in downtown Charleston, check out: http://www.charlestoncvb.com/plan-your-trip/lodging~123/hotels~847/?location=charleston-downtown~445 and www.hotels.com and airbnb.com   Meals: Water, tea and snacks are provided during the workshop. Participants are also welcome to bring their own favorites. All meals, except the Sunday Lunch are on your own. Most participants travel with each other for meals. Saturday evening: optional entire group: we’ll vote on the type of restaurant.   Tuition: The cost for the workshop is 225.00.   Please write LowcountryWritersRetreat@comcast.net if you would like registration materials.  

Beginning Writers’ Boot Camp: Memoir

(no openings at this time)

  Telling your own life story is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it easy. But it is most definitely worthwhile. And only you can tell your story the way it’s meant to be told. Join us for this exploration of the process of memoir. With plenty of hands-on writing exercises and ample opportunity to share your writing and receive feedback from other beginning writers, you’ll learn the importance of expressing your unique perspective and personality through the written word. As Oscar Wilde famously said, “Be Yourself. Everyone Else is Already Taken.” Nowhere does this advice more aptly apply than in the creative endeavor memoir. SCHEDULE: Friday evening: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Mini-Lectures and Discussion Writing, Reading and Outlining of Individual Goals for the Weekend. Assignment Saturday: 9 am – Noon Mini Lecture/Discussion and Writing/Reading Feedback Noon to 2 pm Free Time for lunch and to Write 2 pm to 5 pm Individual and Group Work 6 pm: Dinner as a Group (optional) Sunday: 10 am to Noon Individual Readings/Feedback Further outlining of individual writing goals Noon: Lunch as a Group at The Studio on James Island 1:00 Departure   Location: The workshop will be held on James Island, a 15 minute drive to Folly Beach and a 7 minute drive to the beautiful and historic city of Charleston. Address will be sent to each registered participant.   Lodging: Lodging is at each Participants’ choice at the many fine cottages, condos, b & b’s or hotels in Folly Beach or in downtown Charleston. If you want to share your contact information with other participants, in order to coordinate housing or rides, you may elect to do so.   Lodging on Folly Beach: check out vrbo.com for many, many cottages and condos. There is also a hotel on Folly Beach called The Tides. http://www.tidesfollybeach.com.   Lodging in downtown Charleston, check out: http://www.charlestoncvb.com/plan-your-trip/lodging~123/hotels~847/?location=charleston-downtown~445 and www.hotels.com and airbnb.com   Meals: Water, tea and snacks are provided during the workshop. Participants are also welcome to bring their own favorites. All meals, except the Sunday Lunch are on your own. Most participants travel with each other for meals. Saturday evening: optional entire group dinner: we’ll vote on the type of restaurant.   Tuition: The cost for the workshop is 225.00.   Please write LowcountryWritersRetreat@comcast.net if you would like registration materials.    

Coming Soon:  ‘Writing is Good for the Soul’

Outer Hebrides, The Isle of Lewis & Harris,

Scotland, July 2017

 

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS/Fall 2017 for Intermediate and Advanced Writers:CHECK BACK FOR DATES

    For more information: contact LowcountryWritersRetreat@comcast.net

Mary Ann Henry
PO Box 14157
James Island,  SC 29422