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      Mid-Year Reset Writing Retreat

      June 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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      Mid-Year Reset Writing Retreat

      Join us for a one-day retreat to release the stresses of our daily schedules, dig into our creativity, and connect with fellow writers.

      Saturday, June 29th – 10am-4pm

      Are you stuck on a current writing project? Struggling to find time for your writing practice? Or maybe you’ve wanted to try writing but didn’t know where to start? This retreat is for writers of all experience levels working in any genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.).

      Using the AWA method, attendees will be able to tap into the joy of non-judgmental creative expression, develop new material to help process past experiences and/or pursue publication, or find new angles to work through challenges with current projects. Everyone will leave with multiple pieces of fresh writing that they’ve received encouraging feedback on.

      We will provide lunch, along with morning and afternoon snacks, writing prompts and materials, a sign-up sheet for those looking for writing groups or writing buddies, and a comforting environment for a reset to get you through the rest of the year.

      One-Day Writing Retreat led by AWA-certified facilitators Desiree Kannel and Lauren Oertel

      Plan for the day:

      10:00am – Welcome, introductions, setting in with snacks

      10:30am – Writing prompts and sharing

      12:30pm – Lunch break

      1:30pm – Optional labyrinth walk or meditative/relaxing practice indoors

      2:30pm – Writing or discussion

      3:30pm – Regroup to share and close the retreat

      4:00pm – End

      *Food will include gluten-free and vegetarian options. If you have other dietary restrictions or accessibility needs, let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate.

      **If you have books you’ve written and are available for sale, we’ll have a table where attendees can set a few of those out.

      ***We’ll also have a free book swap table where you can bring a book or two to pass along to other readers and find a new one to take home.

      Cost: Early Bird Special of $100 (price increases to $150 after June 7th)

      TO REGISTER: Mid-Year Reset Writing Retreat

      There are only 15 spots, so we hope you’ll secure yours soon. For any questions, contact Lauren at lroertel@gmail.com

      Desiree Kannel

      Desiree Kannel is an author and educator originally from Southern California, now residing in San Antonio. She is the founder of Rose Writers Workshops and an Amherst Writers & Artist facilitator. Desiree leads creative writing workshops for adults and youth online and in the San Antonio area. Her novel, Lucky John 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (2020) was a finalist in the African American fiction category in The Delany Bennets, published 2023 won the Firebird award for fiction. Her short stories have appeared in print and online in various publications.

      Follow Desiree on Instagram @RWWrites

      Lauren Oertel

      Lauren Oertel is a writer and community organizer in Texas and New Mexico. She’s passionate about supporting authors, books, writing communities, and local bookstores. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her partner Orlando and their tuxedo cat Apollonia.

      Follow Lauren on Instagram @lauren_o_reads
      • Date: June 29
      • Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
      • Event Category:
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