Fiction Among Friends: St. George Island Writers' Retreat
Polishing Works in Progress
4 p.m. November 7th through November 14th
[Unstructured time until noon November 8th]
St. George Island, Florida

FICTION AMONG FRIENDS
ST. GEORGE ISLAND WRITERS' RETREAT
Concept and Schedule

What it's all about...

St. George Island in Florida's panhandle is an ideal setting for a gathering of writers who are looking for a supportive and inspiring place to write. In-residence participants will stay at Abbeyfeale, a private beach view home in a gated community known as The Plantation.

Designed to inspire creativity and allow for personal growth, the retreat offers the unique opportunity to work alongside published authors in a nurturing environment. Novelist Adrian Fogelin will work with writers daily. With a focus on your works of fiction or nonfiction in progress, we will hone creative techniques, draw on peer critique and identify individual writing styles to enhance skills and facilitate personal development as writers. Workshops will be led by Adrian Fogelin, and topics will be planned to best address the particular needs of the participants and are apt to include such topics as plot design, voice, tone, point of view, tense, and character development. Adrian will also prompt writers to think about using one's own life as a resource and how to define where a story should begin.

We will explore ways to self-motivate and create writing systems that meet our individual needs and encourage productivity. Your days at the Fiction Among Friends St. George Island Writers' Retreat will combine structured time and unstructured time, group time and alone time, a schedule designed to give you the tools and support you need to progress with your work and the creative time to do it. At all times during free writing periods someone will be on hand to listen to your passages, offer feedback and, as needed, suggest ways of getting "unstuck." You may leave pages of writing in a drop-box for Adrian to critique and discuss with you.

Although we count on participants to share in the whole-group workshop and feedback sessions, most of the remaining time is yours to write your heart out--either longhand or laptop. I'll have a printer/copier, paper and assorted office supplies available at the retreat.

My goal is for every participant leave this retreat with clear direction, new techniques, sharpened skills and a sense of personal empowerment.

Your host,

Perky

WEEK'S SCHEDULE (scroll down for meal plan)
[The daily schedule may be tweaked a bit before November]

Monday,
November 5th

Organizer Perky Granger will arrive at Abbeyfeale as early in the afternoon as permitted to get set up for the event. Any other participants may arrive at 4 p.m. Plantation gate guards will have your name on a list as a guest at Abbeyfeale. Remember to send me your license plate (tag) number when you register.

Tuesday, November 6th

Afternoon workshop with Adrian, writing, consulting, readings, critiquing; lunch discussion time

Wednesday,
November 7th

Morning workshop with Adrian, writing, consulting, readings, critiquing, lunch discussion time

Thursday,
November 8th

Morning workshop with Adrian, writing, consulting, readings, critiquing, lunch discussion time

Friday, November 9th

Morning workshop with Adrian, writing, consulting, readings, critiquing, lunch discussion time

Saturday, November 10th

Morning workshop with Adrian, writing, consulting, readings, critiquing, lunch discussion time

Sunday,
November 11th

Morning workshop with Adrian, writing, consulting, readings, critiquing; our organized group work will conclude after lunch. Stay for supper -- or overnight -- if you can.

Monday,
November 12th

Perky and other out-of-towners check out 9-10 a.m. for the trip home.

Meals

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Monday 11/5
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Tuesday
From Perky (because she is an annoyingly early riser) - Self serve from a choice of cereals, breads/toast, eggs, fruit, juice, yogurt, coffee and perhaps some surprise breakfast casseroles.
Wednesday

 

Thursday
Friday
Saturday

Sunday

Leftover bonanza!

Monday 11/12

   

 

(updated 5-27-2012)

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