Writing Workshops
Words for the Mind & Spirit

Content Page: Details on Rocky Mt. tours, workshops, vacations

Workshop Calendar

including Writing Tips and Exercises

sit outsideAttend a workshop in the Colorado Rocky Mt. Region to improve your writing skills while relaxing in a mountainside retreat, with endless sunshine and deep-blue skies, breathing in fresh mountain air, and enjoying fresh foods. Be nurtured with warm, professional tutoring on how to get your book or memoirs started or refined, or write short stories and essays. Classes restricted to only one to four people to enable private attention (special arrangements for groups up to eight). Most workshops are especially designed for women. (see below "Home" page for more details.) Includes creative writing in everything you do: fiction, self-help non-fiction, and journalings.

Birthing of Creative Writing, and
Capturing Random Memories

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Our Most Popular Workshops
Dates are subject to Change

See our Calendar page from May to October for an easy view of what's happening this month.
NOTE: this calendar is only active when workshops are being offered.

Thank You!

Our Retreat suffered great damage during the "Colorado 1,000 Year Flood" and we are renovating this year. We hope we can keep in touch through our Facebook page, where we will post updates and "Writers' News" like writing tips, workshops, links, etc. In the meantime, you can read the details about our workshops below, which will probably not change in the coming year, except for the dates of the workshops. Thanks.
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Missed the deadline for registering?
Sometimes weekends do not get booked until 2 or 3 weeks before the date,
so do not hesitate to call if the weekend date you need is less than one month
away. Also, sometimes there are people who want to switch to a different week,
and a spot might open up. Generally, fees are due in full one month before the workshop,
but other arrangements are sometimes possible for late registrants. Give us a call...

Speciality Workshops

Things Change....Watch this web page for change in dates of workshops, if there are still openings, additions of new workshops, and more. Or, subscribe to our free Newsletter to stay informed about these and other new workshops. (Note, newsletter is generally sent out quarterly). Join our Facebook page for monthly tips, updates, and links "for writers."

NOTE: Our retreat experienced flood damage, and we are currently not open.
We will post here when we have reopened. Thank you for your patient and support.
If you have a small group of people interested in a private creative writing or journaling retreat,
please contact us, and we may be able to make arrangements "off-site" in another mountain retreat,
but with the same excellent teacher.
  • "Express Yourself," Visual Journaling
    4 day weekend workshops, offered during summer Journaling

    Using art to help bring out "your story." (no artistic experience required) It's fun and revealing! This also involves journaling (writing), in order to understand better your discoveries. Learn the meaning of colors and how they affect your life. Make a mandala (circle medallion for meditation). An easy art project each day!

  • "Blooming Poets," Poetry for Beginners
    4 day weekend workshops. Usually "real life" poetry and/or "General" poetry tips.Creative Writing

    Have you always enjoyed poetry and wished you could get a grasp on how to write it, or improve on your pieces? This workshop involves learning the basics of the different types of poetry, and then soaring ahead into the beauty, joy and pleasure of writing poems that have great meaning and depth to you and your readers.

  • Try out Being a Journalist for the Day
    4 day weekend workshops, offered during the summer. Journalist

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    Be a reporter for the weekend! Your choice: (1) Write in the comfort our our retreat four different styles of newspaper/magazine writing, like features, reviews, interviews and more --or-- (2) Attend a local festival or event and report on it. Learn how to take notes, interview participants, and put them all into a resume-quality article.

  • Book Consultation
    4 day weekend workshops, offered during the summer. Creative Writing: Books

    We have had clients come to us with their unpublished books for critical analysis. We can check the content, consistencies, outlines, proposals and more. You will go home with a fresh look at your work and lists to use in continuing the editing or submission process. We will have discussions with you while you are here and give you immediate satisfaction through interaction and improvements in your material. This is the one workshop where you can bring your computer with you. Ask us for more details and see our recommendations.

"Throughout history, artistic expression has been recognized as a catalyst for healing. Art is an expression of mind and spirit, and cannot be left out of our equation of healing...Modern art therapy is being employed as a potent healthcare intervention." Larry Dossey, MD. Author, "Prayer is Good Medicine and Healing Words."

Tentative Week-Long Guided Tours: Aimed at bringing more "springtime" into our lives, year round.

These tours are usually one week long, and take place in spring or fall, when our regular workshops are not taking place. They include unique beautiful lodging and some meals, tour transportation and guides or teachers, and run approximately $1,500.00. (We can arrange to take your small group on their own exclusive trip.) Go to our Specialty Guided Tours for more information.

Watch this web page, or subscribe to our free Newsletter to stay informed about these and other new workshops. Email us about your interest, and we will notify you of updates during the summer.





    and more! We change which ones we will offer each year.

US funAttend local festivals and events
Estes Park is just outside of the Rocky Mt. National Park. It has a festival pretty much every weekend during the summer, with many of them lasting a full week. If you would like to stay at our B&B Retreat for a full week to enjoy the area, check out the Chamber Events Calendar and the Lyons Chamber Calendar. Our students get a special rate per night if they stay on (see reservation for for more details).


Do you have a small "Writers Group" or a "Single Women Travellers" group or such? and might be interested in attending a WORKSHOP TOGETHER? Our regular workshops are limited to three people, but we can work with you to accommodate larger groups. Contact us! We would love to offer you a once-in-lifetime experience of going to any of our above workshop on a date mutually agreed to. We can offer single bedroom lodging or shared rooms for a lower price. Don't wait; our calendar fills up fast, as the Rocky Mountains are a very popular destination.


==Watch this web page, or subscribe to our free Newsletter
to stay informed about these and other new workshops.==
==You can extend your stay to enjoy the Colorado Rocky Mts. sights at a discounted rate.==
==Workshops are conducted over 4-day weekends May to September. Contact us for availability.==
==The Retreat was "refreshed" in the fall of 2005/6, and photos are displayed on this page.==

Began Retreats 1998

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Writing Tips

"Building Stories the Manual Way"

I've been telling you to "think outside the box" for years, and I finally have a perfect example, and IT IS IN A BOX ! "Building Stories" by Chris Ware is a graphic novel, which means it is sort of 3-D. There are pamphlets, pull out or flip pages, books, posters and more. There are countless reviews of the "book" but you might want to try the You-Tube video first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQrPPrhRdpE This is the story of four peope living in a Chicago Apartment complex. It is, on the surface, their everyday life, but the key is that you control it all. Not only will it be fun creating story after story, but for you, a writer, it will (1) help you get a mindset of how stories are created and (2) it will spark ideas of things you could put in your own book. Reviewers have praised it as creating characters that stay in your head forever.


Writing Exercise.

"Directory of Holidays"

People automatically want to write articles when their favorite big holidays roll around, like Christmas, but there are holidays pretty much every day of the year. Get a directory of them and you will have an endless source of article ideas. In November there is a "Small Business" appreciation day. Just think of all the small businesses you could write about, including their customers. It could be article on (1) how to open a small businesses (2) a list of gifts for the holidays (3) how women have created more small businesses than men, etc. Many magazines want articles at least three months before they go to print. So, when you pick a month/week/day to write an article about, you will have to start working on it at least four months ahead (includes the time you research and write your draft idea, and send out your query letters).

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