Finally–give yourself to your writing for one delicious week! This is a fantastic opportunity to delve deeply into an existing project, work on a phD thesis, start a children’s book, edit and revise, or just revel in the community of writers, the beautiful surroundings, the quiet, the on-going discussion of writing and literature. Poets work on haiku; there are spaces for songwriters to compose in private rooms; there are indoor and outdoor spaces to curl up in and write to your heart’s content. In 2021, as we are transitioning out of the Pandemic, there are spots for folks who have been vaccinated to come in person, and also spots for remote attendees. All group discussion will be shared on Zoom.
We start at 9am. There will be coffee, tea, light snacks and seltzer all day long. Nerissa will gather everyone in her front room and on screens for a short discussion and optional prompt. Writing time happens all morning until about 11:30 when we break for lunch. You may bring your own bagged lunch to keep in the studio refrigerator. There is also a microwave available. The lunch break will be long enough for a drive into Northampton, 1.3 miles away. Weather permitting, all are invited to eat outside, socially distanced but close enough to have a unified conversation. After lunch, those who wish go for a short walk around the beautiful Childs Park across the street. We write all afternoon until 3pm when we break for an hour of sharing.
Summer retreat is like summer camp for writers. Take a week to exercise your muse, make some new friends and enjoy Northampton in the summer!