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Workshops and Retreats
May 23 - 25, 2014. A Manuscript Lab. Join a select and small group of writers in a Writing Ranch Manuscript Lab Intensive held at the beautiful GR Ranch near Post, Oregon. Over the course of the long weekend, participants will workshop a portion of the prose or poetry manuscript they are working on in collaboration with the other participants. Readings, writings prompts and nature hikes will also be part of the weekend’s fare. The fee is $350 and includes the workshop, lodging, and catered meals, beginning with dinner Friday evening May 23 through breakfast, Sunday morning, May 25. Please contact the Writing Ranch at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
August 14- August 17, 2014. What's Keeping You? A High Desert Writing Retreat Grab your bedroll and come take part in “What’s Keeping You?” a creative writing workshop held in the heart of Oregon’s high desert offered by the Writing Ranch and COCC Community Learning. Led by award-winning author and poet Ellen Waterston, this three-day intensive will incorporate readings and writing prompts designed to coax to the surface stories, poems, and short memoirs sparked by the beauty of Oregon’s outback. The workshop will address what themes and landscapes “keep” us, claim our attention and imagination, and what hurdles “keep” us from writing about them. The goal will be that each participant leaves with either a completed short prose piece or poem. An anthology of participants’ work will be assembled after the workshop. Day hikes will further immerse participants in the desert landscape, home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. Participants will be treated to cozy, rustic lodging, delicious home-cooked meals and evening entertainment. Days will include morning writing workshops and evening critique sessions, as well as one-on-one sessions with Ellen Waterston addressing writers’ goals and objectives. Food and lodging provided; bring your own bedding, towels and specialty beverages. A $250 non-refundable deposit is due July 1, 2014, the remainder of $309 is due by August 1, 2014. The workshop dates are Thursday evening, August 14- Sunday morning, August 17. Minimum seven participants, maximum 12.Travel directions, supply list and detailed instructions for the long weekend will be mailed prior to class. For additional details, visit www.cocc.edu/continuinged/writingretreat. To enroll, use course number CRN 36048. Cost: $559.
Coming Fall 2014:
September 17: “Writing for the Health of It” series presented by the Writing Ranch at St. Charles Cancer Center of Care in Bend emphasizes the intersection of literary nonfiction and fiction in long- and short-form prose and poetry. First-time writers are welcome. Participants will develop their creative writing skills through in-class writing prompts, readings and writing assignments. The seven-session series is open to cancer survivors. Each participant will receive a professionally printed and bound copy of the class anthology. Class size is limited. Workshop dates are September 17 & 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 24. To enroll, contact St. Charles Cancer Center at 541-706-5800.
Words Away! Writing Down the Baja. Todos Santos, Mexico. Looking ahead to 2015 - details soon!
Words Away! Spain. Check back for 2015 retreat dates and details.
Language Arts for Leaders The Writing Ranch offers a half- or full-day writing intensive especially designed for staff and Board retreats. As a keynote speaker or workshop presenter, Ellen illlustrates the important role language and metaphor play in leadership. Public and private sector clients have found the workshop to be a highly successful team builder, as well as an efficient means to fine tune the use of language in a variety of professional settings.
One-on-One Consultation One-on-one sessions with Ellen Waterston ― online, or in-person ― are available at the rate of $60 per hour. Manuscript editing services, writing instruction, preparations for pitching an agent or publisher are among the support services offered by the Writing Ranch. Contactinfo@writingranch.com.