Hey, have you been meaning to do some writing?

How about writing for hours with a totally friendly, no-pressure group on a beautiful Alaska island in the summer time?  Throw in delicious home-cooked food, some long walks, good reading and maybe a nap. I’m in! Are you?

This is retreat is open to both men and women. It’s all about restoration, reflection, process and skill-building. It’s a no-judgement, no-homework, memoir workshop focused on techniques that stoke creativity, build writing fluency, hone listening/editing skills and develop revision strategies. You’ll come away with seeds for longer essays as well as concrete, tested guidance on the writing process.

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This workshop is well-suited for creative thinkers who write or edit for work as well as recreational creative writers and journalists looking for new ways to get started or reboot. Our work together is meant to help you think more clearly about your audience, better say what you mean, and find the most resonant parts of the story you are trying to tell. You will leave relaxed and inspired.

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I’m a huge believer in a process that includes focused work time and deliberate time spent NOT WRITING. That means, when we’re not working together we are walking, thinking, reading, reflecting and, yes, resting. It will be held at the lovely, woman-owned and operated Yukon Island Retreat Center a short boat ride out of Homer. (Here is a slideshow.) Oh, and bonus, your cell phone only works if you walk to the end of the island.

The retreat is July 12-14. The workshop costs cover travel on the water taxi “Beowulf” from Homer to the island, two nights lodging, glorious local food and writing instruction. (I have a discounted opening for someone who might want to teach basic or restorative yoga.) The workshop fee is $450. (Fifty percent is require to reserve a spot, the other half is due June 12, 30 days before the workshop. After 30 days, the workshop is not refundable, but you can choose to give your spot to someone.)

This workshop is small and always sells out quickly. To reserve a spot, send me an email with dietary restrictions and pay your deposit by PayPal. (Find me on PayPal at julia_o_malley@yahoo.com.) If you want to pay by check, let me know and I’ll give you my address. Let’s do this!

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