Writing Workshops

 Announcing 3 Upcoming Workshops / Spring, 2018

Finding Your Voice: Beginning Writer’s Guide to Self-Expression  March 16-18, 2018

Fixing Your Fiction: Understanding the Convergence of Plot & Character    April 20 to 22, 2018

Writing Your Life’s Story: Introduction to Memoir    April 27 – 29, 2018

 

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Finding Your Voice: A Beginning Writer’s

Guide to Self-Expression

March 16-18, 2018

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/dinner together: we’ll vote on the type of restaurant.   Tuition: The cost for the workshop is 195.00.   Please write: LowcountryWritersRetreat@comcast.net if you would like registration materials.      

Fixing Your Fiction: Understanding the Convergence of Plot & Character 

April 20 – 21, 2018

 

A literary triage experience. Many beginning and intermediate writers struggle with how to move their characters and plot along to reach a satisfying ending.  This workshop is for Writers of Fiction, whether short stories or novels, who would either like to start off on the right foot with a new project or want to fix problems with ongoing fictional work. It’s a very hands-on workshop.  Bring your plot problems! Bring your weak characters! Together, we’ll fix your fiction and boost your confidence in the process.

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 195.00.   Please write LowcountryWritersRetreat@comcast.net if you would like registration materials.  

Writing Your Life’s Story: Introduction to Memoir

April 27 – 29, 2018

Writers have a myriad of reasons for writing a memoir…and just as many for being fearful about starting the process. Questions arise such as, ‘What parts to leave in?’, What parts to leave out?’, ‘How do I structure it to make it interesting?’, ‘What if my family gets mad at me?’ and even  ‘Who cares about my life?’  Good questions all of them. If you’ve been afraid to begin a memoir but believe that it is important to do so, this workshop can help you answer the above questions and move beyond the first pages. We’ll talk about telling the truth, memory, using fictional techniques and aspiring to literary standards.  The workshop is for beginne’s in the genre of memoir.  You will have the opportunity to write during the weekend, to share your writing and to receive feedback. 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 195.00. Please write LowcountryWritersRetreat@comcast.net if you would like registration materials.    

Coming Soon:  ‘Finding Your Voice’: A Beginning Writer’s Guide to Self-Expression

Kingfield, Maine July 2018

 

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS/Fall 2018 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