Motherhood & Words

firefly memoir writing retreat

I’m happy to announce that I’m leading another writing retreat this summer. This will be a memoir writing retreat with Firefly Retreats, which will be held at Xanadu Island Bed and Breakfast in Battle Lake, Minnesota.

What: Memoir as Discovery

Description: Writing is an act of discovery. Dive into your writing and find out what you know. The retreat is a place to write, share writing, discuss elements of craft, and connect with other writers. In addition to group learning, students meet with me individually to delve more deeply into their writing and learn to take risks on the page.

When: June 14 – 17, 2010

Where: Xanadu Bed and Breakfast, Battle Lake, MN

The retreat begins 1:00 pm on Monday, June 14 and ends at noon Thursday, June 17. Most of the time we’ll spend writing, but we’ll take time for local color too. We’ll do our writing at Glendalough in a lodge that overlooks Annie Battle, a primitive lake restricted to non-motorized recreation.

Xanadu, where we’ll stay, is located on small peninsula jutting out into a lake. When we’re not writing, there’ll be time for recreation – paddle boat, fishing boat, water “toys”, bonfires – or just relaxing.

We’ll eat dinner one night at Stella’s (wonderful name!), a favorite restaurant and wine bar in Battle Lake, and dine another night at a private home overlooking West Battle Lake.

Cost: $600

The cost of a retreat includes writing instruction, transportation to and from various venues, and meals. Accommodations are NOT included.

Participation is limited to 8 people. To book the retreat or for more information, call Firefly Retreats at 218.862.5510 or email firefly[at]

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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. Life As I Know It on March 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    oh, how I wish I lived closer and could come to this. Sounds amazing!

  2. Mary on March 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    ah, you know i wish…
    I'm just hoping to be back next winter!

  3. Sara on March 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    It sounds lovely and does fall on my birthday. I wish I could. After June I can start even contemplating these things.

  4. BLOOM - Parenting Kids With Disabilities on March 21, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Congratulations — it sounds heavenly