Julie Johnson's affirmation from the Ohio 2013 writing retreat.
Mandy Robek's affirmation from the Ohio 2013 writing retreat.
This summer the theme for our writing retreats is building habits. Here at our Pacific Northwest retreat this week, participants selected two affirmations they wanted to try to create new, positive mental energy around writing.
A wonderful writing retreat closer is reading some selected thank you notes from Jimmy Fallon's hilarious book.
For the morning writing retreat activity, Choice Literacy contributors chorally read a never-before-heard poem mash-up. The two poems "Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale" by Dan Albergotti and "The Real Work" by Wendell Berry can be found at these links: http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2008/06/05 http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2012/08/04 Special thanks to poet Mary Lee Hahn for the inspiration.
Stones were selected by participants (seeing the size and color) and then turned over to reveal a word to use as a talisman for throughout the retreat. Amazingly, everyone thought the stone they picked randomly had the right word for them!
These magnets included post-its with questions on the back, so participants in groups could talk about when they were proud of their writing, a time when writing was easy, possibilities for writing. . .and then each person left the group with their fridge magnet for inspiration.
Writing and responding around the fire pit - what a view! We almost always do triads or groups of three - small enough so everyone gets response in 45 minutes, large enough so that everyone gets multiple responses.
Gift bags of reading and writing materials. Books we included are Writing Alone and with Others, The Art of Slow Reading, and Write Like This. Everyone had a collection of books individualized to their tastes, needs, and writing style by the retreat coordinators.