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Retreat at Washington Island: Private Room

$800.00 · November 3

Private Room off hotel grounds for Washington Island retreat.

Start Date

November 3



Washington Island, Wisconsin



Out of stock


Purchasing this room will put you in a private room in the hostess’ home, off-site from the hotel grounds. Note: will require a very short drive to get to the day’s activities and meals.

This is for the November 3-6 weekend retreat with Juan Martinez.

*Note: Vaccination proof is required for participation.

StoryStudio is delighted to partner up with Washington Island for a long-weekend retreat on the island. We hope that you enjoy the charm of the historic hotel and find inspiration and motivation during your stay.

Since its inception at the beginning of this century, the Hotel on Washington Island has been a place to rest, join others, delight in a meal, and attend a workshop. The owner, Jeannie Kokes, says “the mission is to care for the island community, guests and planet, expand our sustainable practices, source and exist responsibly.”

Located in northern Wisconsin, Washington Island is only accessible by ferry. Their menus are seasonal; sourced and inspired by the local farmers and growers they love, made from scratch in their kitchen.


The goal of this workshop is to refresh our practice. It’s easy to fall into a rut, to think we’re only capable of working in certain modes, and it’s not true. We can do a lot more. We’ll work through a series of exercises to generate material drawn from two seemingly disparate sources: (1) the fantastical and (2) our own lives. Expect to generate a lot of material but also expect to have a lot of fun. We’ll come out with fresh stories as well as new approaches to our creative output, and we’ll find constructive and supportive ways to sustain ourselves and our literary community. Writing can be hard, it can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be—not all the time, at least—and there is real joy involved. Let’s get back to that joy.

Guided writing activities and readings 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 process-based daily workshops are designed for writers of all levels of skill and experience, and will emphasize generating work through creative practice and study of literary models. We will celebrate the work on the page with participant readings and lively conversation over lovingly prepared meals.

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 Washington Island hotel grounds. Thursday cocktail reception, Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday brunch are all included. 

Retreat Schedule
The weekend’s schedule is subject to change. Here is a general sense of writing time, workshops, meals, and unscheduled moments.

Thursday, November 3
6:00pm: Arrival, check in, welcome, wine-and-cheese reception

Friday, November 4
8:00-9:00am: Breakfast
9:30-11:30am: Morning session: the fantastic is the personal
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
2:00-4:00pm: Afternoon session
6:30-7:30pm: Dinner
7:45-9:30pm: Workshop session

Saturday, November 5
8:00-9:00am: Breakfast
9:30-11:30am: Morning session: the personal is the fantastic
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
2:00-4:00pm: Afternoon session
4:00-6:30pm: Individual writing time (read, chat, nap, or simply relax)
6:30pm: Dinner
7:30-8:30pm: Student readings

Sunday, November 6
9:00-11:00am: Morning session
11:30-12:30pm: Brunch and final wrap-up
1:30-3pm: Writing, reading, strolling the grounds
3:00pm: Departure

*(schedule subject to change)


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

About Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez is the author of Best Worst American, a story collection published by Small Beer Press and the inaugural winner of the Neukom Institute Award for Debut Speculative Fiction. He lives in Chicago and is an assistant professor at Northwestern University. His work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Glimmer Train, McSweeney's, Ecotone, NPR's Selected Shorts, Mississippi Review and elsewhere, and is forthcoming in Shenandoah. His debut novel Extended Stay will be published January 2023. Visit and say hi at https://fulmerford.com