Motherhood & Words

Motherhood & Words Retreat!

First, I’m sorry for the technical difficulties. I’m trying to get to the bottom of that. Second, I’m sorry for my silence the last week or so. Still trying to figure out how to fit everything into life, but I’ve been so tired that I’ve let my 5 a.m. wake-ups slide. I’m getting back to it this week.

I’m looking forward to a few days off in the next couple of weeks to relax with the girls and, shhh, maybe a new dog. (This weekend we took care of the adorable dog that our neighbors are fostering, and we fell in love. Am I crazy? Maybe. But having her in the house actually slowed me down. I spent time just cuddling with her on the couch. It was a little like having a new baby – without the nursing and lack of sleep.) I’ll keep you posted about our possible new addition.

I also wanted to let you know that there are still a few spots open for the 3rd Annual Motherhood & Words Retreat. It is such an incredible weekend. We spend time writing, sharing our writing, discussing challenges with craft, and connecting with other mother writers in the luxury and quiet of Faith’s Lodge.

When: Thursday, February 23 – Sunday, February 26, 2012

Where: Faith’s Lodge, Wisconsin

Faith’s Lodge is located on 80 acres in Northwestern Wisconsin near the town of Webster, less than a two-hour drive from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, less than one hour from Duluth/Superior, and about four hours from Madison. The mission of Faith’s Lodge is to provide a place where parents and families facing the serious illness or loss of a child can retreat to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present, and build hope for the future.

But you need not have experienced the loss of a child to attend the retreat. The Motherhood & Words Retreat is for all mother writers. (But a portion of the proceeds from the retreat will benefit the children and families served by Faith’s Lodge.)

The Lodge has eight guest suites, and we can accommodate up to 10 people for the retreat. Each guest suite features a private bath, fireplace, balcony/patio, flat screen TV, DVD player, small fridge, and coffee maker. Meals are included.

Cost: $650 for single room, $550 for shared room (separate beds)

To register: Please contact Marquetta Nickols at Faith’s Lodge at 612-825-2073 or to register.

And contact me with questions. I’d love to have you join us!

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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.