Purchasing this room will put you in a room with a Queen Bed. The room options are as follows, and will be assigned randomly unless specifically requested, though we cannot guarantee a requested will be fulfilled:
- Great Blue Heron Room
- Lady Slipper Room
- Dragonfly Room
- Hummingbird Room
- Trillium Room
- Sandhill Crane Room
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.
RENEW, REFRESH, REVISIT
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.
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.
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
9:30-11:30am: Morning session: the fantastic is the personal
2:00-4:00pm: Afternoon session
7:45-9:30pm: Workshop session
Saturday, November 5
9:30-11:30am: Morning session: the personal is the fantastic
2:00-4:00pm: Afternoon session
4:00-6:30pm: Individual writing time (read, chat, nap, or simply relax)
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
*(schedule subject to change)
*Please note: rooms are limited, and we cannot guarantee you a spot at any of our retreat spots.