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Ragdale Retreat 2024: Hart House Room 1 with Rachel DeWoskin

$1,700.00 · September 23

Hart House: Prairie Room for Sept. 23-28, 2024

Start Date

September 23






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There are THREE options to stay in the Hart House. Purchasing this room is includes a private bathroom in the Prairie Room, which comes with an additional writing porch.

This is for the September 23-28, 2024 week-long 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.

*Please note: rooms are limited, and we cannot guarantee you a spot at any of our retreat spots. 

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About Rachel DeWoskin

Rachel DeWoskin is the award-winning author of five novels: Someday We Will Fly (Penguin), Banshee (Dottir), Blind (Penguin), Big Girl Small (FSG), Repeat After Me (Overlook); two collections of poetry: absolute animal (UChicago Press), and Two Menus (UChicago Press); as well as the memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing (WW Norton). She serves on the national steering committee of Writers for Democratic Action (WDA). Visit her at https://racheldewoskin.com/