Take time out to explore, develop and craft your own creative writing practice on retreat with ex-publisher and published writer, Harriet Griffey. Just turn up. Be free and easy in your writing. Just have a go and see what comes out. Anna Burns, Booker Prize winner.
Why You Need a Writing Retreat and How to Make the Most of It
Writing retreats at the Center for Creative Writing | Center for Creative Writing
As I write this, I'm in a house on the tip of Cape Ann in the dead of winter, in a place where I don't know a soul. I couldn't be happier. I'm on a writing retreat. Whether you're a working mother like me, a new college graduate, a middle-aged stock broker, or a retired widow, a writing retreat could be just what you need to start that novel, finish your chapbook of poetry, or revise the short story you've been meaning to send out. It isn't everyone's idea of fun. When my friends ask what I did while I was away for the weekend, I shrug and say, "I just wrote," and they're mystified. They can't fathom why I'd have to leave home to do that, when I have an office and a computer in my own house.
Arvon at home
The protected cove on the side of the house is perfect for swimming or kayaking. What is it about Maine? For anyone who has yearned for the sounds and tastes and smells of the Maine Coast. For anyone who has wanted to drink coffee, reflect and write from an Adirondack chair perched on the porch of a classic New England Inn directly over the shores of the Atlantic. We are housed in the quiet and lovely private community of Capitol Island, a very short drive from the village of Boothbay Harbor, a charming Maine fishing and boating town with plenty of restaurants, bars and galleries to further inspire.
It was indeed magical. Linda could teach anywhere, and to much larger audiences, but creates a powerful, intimate experience at her retreats. And good God, can she write! I was thrilled by how brilliant they were, and how different their projects, both meaningful and important.