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A Writing Retreat with 

Leaf Seligman & Sarah Elkins

in historic downtown Lewisburg, WV

Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10

Participants will enjoy a spacious weekend to write without interruption.

 

We will explore what can be born from constraint: both the constraint we experience in our lives--the tight spots that restrict flow--but also the constraint created through attention to craft.  

 

Can we expand creatively in all the areas of constraint in our lives? We will begin with "manufactured constraint" through directed prompts and then explore the places in our lives that feel the same - limited, insufficient, bound. From there, we will write what comes.

 

Can we find a way of facing constraint with playfulness? Can we find ways of pushing the boundaries we can't control through language? Can we create sustenance from constraint?  

 

Conversely, we will challenge ourselves to force constraint. How can we move from wailing to something with shape and self-respect through rigor? 

 

Registration $300.00

Food Costs $50.00

 

3/8 Dinner, 3/9 Breakfast & Lunch, 3/10 Breakfast

Meals will be vegetarian and vegan.

 

 

Sustenance

from constraint

LEAF

SELIGMAN

Leaf Seligman has been writing since childhood, across genres: fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, poetry and plays. She has taught writing since 1985 to college students, community members, people in jails and prisons and served as a writing guide and workshop leader for the last several years. She tries to make everything she writes a love letter to the world.

LEAF

SELIGMAN

Leaf Seligman has been writing since childhood, across genres: fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, poetry and plays. She has taught writing since 1985 to college students, community members, people in jails and prisons and served as a writing guide and workshop leader for the last several years. She tries to make everything she writes a love letter to the world.

SARAH

ELKINS

Since 2000, Sarah has taught writing in various settings including ESL, community college, middle school, and federal prison classrooms.  Later she built a marketing career in the healthcare industry. Today, she is a fulltime writer whose work appears in trade journals, regional magazines, and industry blogs. But poetry is where language is most alive for her. 

Schedule

Friday, March 8

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

We will open the retreat weekend with introductions, intentions, and some playful writing.

 

Dinner provided.

 

Saturday, March 9 

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

 

Breakfast and Lunch provided.​

Dinner out on your own or as a group.

 

Saturday Evening

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Lee Street Listening Room

A public reading by Leaf and Sarah followed by workshop attendees who wish to take their writing to the stage. 

 

Sunday, March 10

9:00 am - 12 noon

A final morning to finish the weekend's work or start new something. 

 

Breakfast provided.

 

All participants will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with both Leaf and Sarah during the retreat to find their story and what constraints it may need along the way. 

 

* Some details of the schedule may change as we work to make this the best event possible.

Where

Join us in historic downtown Lewisburg

at Lee Street Studios 

232 Lee Street North

Lewisburg, WV 24901

Etc.

Meals will be provided by Blackwell's Catering.  Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available. 

 

Have ideas or concerns about what would make this the best writing retreat? Share them! sarah@sarahelkins.com

FAQs

What if I don't write poetry?

No worries! We have no preference when it comes to your writing modality. And, there is a place for your unique voice in this workshop regardless of whether you like your words to go all the way across the page or not. 

 

What if I don't write fiction?

See above. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, sermon, rant, tweet. Come as you are, constraints and all.

 

Is this retreat only for experienced writers?

This retreat is for anyone who wishes to put pen to paper...or, uh, fingers to keys. Experienced writers and novices alike will benefit. 

 

 

Do I have to participate in the public reading on Saturday night? 

We think it would be fun if you did, but there are no forced rites. Maybe you'll decide you want to. Maybe you'll decide you don't want to. It's okay. 

 

 

Where should I stay? 

If you're local, you should probably sleep at home, but, hey, do what you like. If you're planning to travel here, there are so many adorable B&Bs and boutique inns and, of course, hotels. Once we get a feel for how this shapes up, we'll add more specific information.