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Ragdale Retreat 2024: DAYTIME COMMUTER with Rachel DeWoskin

$900.00 · June 10

DAYTIME COMMUTER spot for Sept. 23-28, 2024

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June 10







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Purchasing this option does not give you overnight access. You have access to everything except a place to sleep – you must commute in each morning.

This is for the September 23-28, 2024 weeklong retreat with Rachel DeWoskin.

As part of Ragdale’s new series of Master Workshops, StoryStudio is proud to offer this week-long experience.

Part retreat, part mini-residency, this Master Workshop for writers will focus on providing space and community for your work-in-progress. Outside of structured writing time and mini-lessons, the week has been crafted to provide ample writing time to yourself.

The Retreat’s Theme: Writing Wonder
Writers are often advised to “write what you know,” but what if we treat wonder, rather than knowledge, as the engine of art? We will spend this week together exploring ways to consider profound questions through art. Our research will come from reading, observing, listening, imagining, remembering, and writing. James Baldwin once said of the difference between preaching and writing that,“When you are standing in the pulpit, you must sound as though you know what you’re talking about. When you’re writing, you’re trying to find out something which you don’t know. The whole language of writing for me is finding out what you don’t want to know, what you don’t want to find out. But something forces you to anyway.” We will keep Baldwin’s idea close as we read and talk about vivid poems, stories, and essays, and work on writing that asks questions in kaleidoscopic and nuanced ways.

Unlike traditional workshops, this week-long retreat will be more consultation, generative, and discussion based.

There would also be slots during which participants will meet one-on-one with Rachel to discuss an element of their writing that they want. There isn’t meant to be pre-reading of work, so this will not be workshop-based, but rather a conversation of your ideas, where you’re at in the process, discussing the publishing industry, etc.

The week begins with dinner on Monday, and all meals are included through Saturday brunch.

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About Eiren Caffall

Eiren Caffall is a writer and musician. Her work on loss, oceans, and extinction has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, Al Jazeera, The Rumpus, and the anthology Elementals: Volume IV. Fire forthcoming in 2024 from The Center for Humans and Nature. She received a 2023 Whiting Award in Creative Nonfiction, a Social Justice News Nexus fellowship, and residencies at the Banff Centre, Millay Colony, Hedgebrook, and Ragdale. Her memoir The Mourner’s Bestiary is forthcoming from Row House Publishing in 2024 and her novel All the Water in the World is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press in early 2025.