Strawberry Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast - Idyllwild, California, 92549, United States

Idyllwild Arts Spring Writers Retreat

The Art of Writing

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March 20-23, 2016
Three-day retreat

Faculty: Samantha Dunn & Amy Friedman

Invest in yourself and your craft, and renew your creative spirit in this special Idyllwild Arts Spring Writers Retreat at the Strawberry Creek Inn.

Powerful stories call not only for an exploration of memory and imagination, but also the ability to dig deep and hover patiently. Whether you are writing fiction or memoir, explore how you can use complex layering of memory, imagination, the writer’s truth, history, and discovery to bring out what matters to you.

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Samantha Dunn and Amy Friedman, masters of writing and teaching, will lead daily large- and small-group sessions giving you the chance to work closely with both instructors.

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Samantha and Amy will cover genre, structure, and theme. In addition to in-class exercises, you will workshop both writing you bring and pieces created in class. Learn to develop or hone your habits and strategies to maintain a writing practice.

You will leave with new tools and a plan to keep you writing once you leave the mountain.

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Skill Level: Suitable for both new and experienced writers.

Materials: Handouts provided by instructors prior to workshop

Enrollment limited to 14

Tuition: $490, includes 5 workshop sessions, breakfast and lunch at the Strawberry Creek Inn (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), receptions, daily snacks, handouts.

Participants in this Writers Retreat receive a 15% discount on 2016 Summer Program Workshops

To register, first contact the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program Registrar at 951-659-2171, ext. 2365, or

Housing: Call the Strawberry Creek Inn directly (951-659-3202) after you have registered for the retreat with Idyllwild Arts. Rooms have been blocked out on our calendar for the retreat, so using our Check Availability link will show those dates as sold out. You will need to speak to us directly to book your lodging.

Discounted Lodging Rates for Retreat Participants:

  • Standard Rooms (Nancy's, Oak Tree, Summer): $69/night
  • Courtyard Rooms (Autumn, Country Gentleman, San Jacinto, Santa Fe): $105/night
  • Deluxe Rooms (Evergreen, Maggie's): $115/night

For more information, including a daily agenda, click here.

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