Wild Writers Retreat

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Wild Writers Retreat

With Sonya Lea

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Location: Banff National Park
Dates: Thursday, September 17 –20, 2020

How do we give our bodies to our stories? Whether we’re writing ourselves as a character, or writing a fictional character, how do we ask the brave questions of our work, including what we want to be writing about?

Join writer and writing mentor Sonya Lea, author of the inspiring memoir, Wondering Who You Are this September in the beautiful Rocky Mountains for a writing and wilderness adventure into the portal of character.

In this four-day workshop, fourteen writers will delve into the spaces where character remains unseen, difficult, conflicted, static, or evasive (even when that character is yourself.) Learn how to ask questions of your character’s blind spots, fears, and fantasies, and write into lies, myths, obfuscations, secrets, changes in thinking. Together, with writing practices, solitude, nature walks, and taking risks, we allow the character to be experienced.

We will share our work with the intention to listen fully and offer holistic feedback.

The intensive will include:

  • Daily craft talks.
  • Generative writing.
  • Silence and observation.
  • Experiences in nature including a forest bathing session with Forest Fix Canada.
  • Assignments to move your writing and experiment with form.
  • Examining racism, sexism, and class in your characters.
  • Liminal rituals.
  • Practices to stay devoted to the work.
  • Three nights shared accommodation at the Hidden Ridge Resort in Banff.

Wild Writers is open to writers of any ability, and any form. We don’t use technology like computers or phones in the workshop space, and you’re welcome to bring a laptop for your own use after class.

For more information please visit the website trueelk.com or email Sarah at info@trueelk.com.

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