Writer’s Retreat on the Farm

Looking to find a laid-back writing experience?

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The porch swing is available for writing time.

Wanting to get some time away to relax and concentrate on your work?

Interested in meeting new writers with whom you can share your work?

If so, our God’s Whisper Farm Writer’s Retreat is the place for you.

On July 18-20, 2014, 25 writers will come to enjoy this quiet space in Lovingston, Virginia, at the edge of the Blue Ridge to spend a weekend just to focus on our work.  Andi Cumbo-Floyd – writing teacher and author of The Slaves Have Names – will facilitate each the workshops, and each participant will have an opportunity to give a reading, receive feedback from other writers, and participate in a casual, relaxing weekend experience.

As part of your time here on the farm, you will:

  • Have an opportunity to participate in an open mic reading.

  • Be part of a small, focused workshop group.

  • Receive feedback about your work from Andi.

  • Hear the gifted Shawn Smucker give a fireside reading.

  • Enjoy a concert under the stars.

  • Savor four home-cooked, healthy meals.

  • Meet other writers.

  • Ask lots of questions.

  • Spend time with animals – goats, chickens, and dogs.

  • Focus on your writing.

I hope that sounds as heavenly to you as it does to me.

When you leave the retreat, you will have:

  • Received specific feedback on your work in progress

  • Produced several pages of new work that you can work with now or in the future

  • Met writers with whom you can connect in the future

  • Spent time in a relaxing space.

  • Give focused time and attention to your writing.

Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to work intimately with Andi, eat meals made from local, home-grown food, and hear a special reading by Shawn Smucker and a concert by John Francis.  (See below for information on how to get concert-only tickets for $10/each).  All on the side of the mountain in the quiet of the Blue Ridge.

Sound good?  Sound like something you deserve in your writing life? Then, just click the Buy Now Button and reserve your space.

We only have 13 spaces remaining, so reserve yours today.

Each space is only $75.00 and includes 4 meals (Lodging not included.)

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Lodging

We have 3 options available for your lodging:
1. You are welcome to tent camp here on the farm free of charge.  We will have a porta-john available here on site, and you are welcome to use our sink to wash up.
2. You can make reservations at the nearby Orchard House Bed and Breakfast.
3. Check out James River State Park, just 30 miles from the farm.  Beautiful rivers, hiking trails, etc.  They rent amazing cabins, and Andi would be happy to help you coordinate a stay there with others if you’d like.
4. Contact Andi – andilit_at_gmail.com – to let her know you are interested in renting a house with others for the weekend.  She will then research local homes and let you know about availability.  (Note, this option is only available if several people are interested.)

 

Schedule

Friday – 6pm
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Saturday
9am – Writing Exercise and Exploration
11am – Time to Explore the Farm and Write
Noon – Lunch in the Farmhouse
1pm – Workshops – <5 Participants per group
3pm – Writing Exercise and Q & A with Each Other and Andi
5pm – Bonfire and Barbecue
7pm – Reading with Shawn Smucker and Music by John Francis

 

Reading and Concert Tickets Are $10

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Sunday
8am – Breakfast Over the Fire
9am – Goal-Setting/Planning/Scheduling Workshop with Andi
11am – Address Exchange and Plans to Meet Up Again Soon

Meals

All meals will be made with as much attention to dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences as possible.  Please use the contact form below to ask us any questions about food or to inform us if you have specific dietary needs.  Thank you.

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Note – This retreat is open to any and all people and has no religious affiliation or component whatsoever.  Everyone is most welcome.