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Ragdale Retreat Weekend 2: DAYTIME

$550.00 · September 2

Daytime Only Spot for September 2-4 weekend with Lindsay Hunter.

Start Date

September 2






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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 2-4 weekend retreat with Lindsay Hunter.

*Note: Vaccination proof is required for participation.

Ragdale and StoryStudio Chicago are pleased to announce an exceptional writing retreat this summer with author Lindsay Hunter at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois, a spectacular setting that offers the best of nature and architecture.

For over 100 years, Ragdale has provided the time and space for artists and writers to delve deeply into creative endeavors, and today it has a tangible energy that feeds your work from the moment you arrive.

“One of the unique features of Ragdale is its unbroken continuity as a center for art and creativity. It has been, without interruption, the home of artists.” – Arthur Miller, in the Introduction to Ragdale: A History and Guide by Alice Hayes and Susan Moon.

Treat yourself to an intensive, immersive weekend of writing, nature, creative instruction, and inspiration. The weekend will be comprised of workshops, prompts, and gatherings.

This year’s retreat will focus on tactics to get you into the work. Guided writing activities and prompts on place and the senses, as well as goal-setting around drafts and revising, will encourage writers to explore the paths not yet taken in our works-in-progress, as well as discover new content and ways of telling. The retreat led by Lindsay Hunter will help attendees feel good about what they’re generating and to trust momentum or learn how to create it themselves. We will celebrate the work on the page with participant readings and lively conversation over Chef Linda’s lovingly prepared meals. 

In addition to scheduled programming, we’ll take advantage of the winding paths, secluded benches, and fifty acres of pristine prairie. The history of Ragdale, the unique setting, and the spirit of so many writers who have written in these spaces before are sure to inspire us all. This retreat will offer everyone the opportunity to stop and look and wonder, and sometimes learn.

What’s Included?
The purpose of this weekend is to leave the world behind so you can focus your attention and energy on your stories.

The retreat includes all programs, workshops, and use of the Ragdale grounds. Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch are all included. 

Retreat Schedule
The weekend’s schedule is never set in stone because we never know how the spirit of Ragdale will inspire us. Here is a general sense of writing time, workshops, meals, and unscheduled moments.

Friday, September 2
3pm-5:30pm: Arrival, check in, open writing
5:30pm: Welcome, wine 
6:15pm: Tour
6:30-7:30pm: Dinner 
7:45-9:30pm: Workshop session

Saturday, September 3
8:00-9:00am: Continental Breakfast
9:30-11:30am: Morning session
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
2:00-4:00pm: Afternoon session
4:00-6:30pm: Individual writing time (read, chat, nap, or simply relax with a walk through the prairie)
6:30pm: Dinner
7:30-8:30pm: Student readings 

Sunday, September 4
8:00-9:00am: Continental Breakfast
9:30-11:30am: Morning session
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch and final wrap-up
1:30-3pm: Writing, reading, strolling in the prairie
3:00pm: Departure

*(schedule subject to change)

To register for an overnight, en suite room in the Ragdale house, please click here. (What’s different? It’s overnight, with a private bathroom.)

To register for an overnight, regular room in the Barnhouse, please click here. (What’s different? It’s overnight, but you share a bathroom.)

To register for an overnight, regular room in the Shearer Studio, please click here. (What’s different? It’s overnight, you have your own bathroom, and it’s in a newly renovated, top-of-the-line studio.)

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

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About Lindsay Hunter

Lindsay Hunter is the co-founder and co-host of the groundbreaking Quickies! reading series, an event that focused on flash fiction. Her first book, Daddy’s, a collection of flash fiction, was published in 2010 by featherproof books, a boutique press in Chicago. Her second collection, DON’T KISS ME, was published by FSG Originals in 2013 and was named one of Amazon’s 10 Best Books of the Year: Short Stories. Her first novel, Ugly Girls, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in November 2014. The Huffington Post called it “a story that hits a note that’s been missing from the chorus of existing feminist literature.” Her latest novel, Eat Only When You’re Hungry, was a finalist for the 2017 Chicago Review of Books Fiction Award and a 2017 NPR Great Read.