Every year, we host a workshop that brings between 80 and 100 writers to a tranquil location in Texas — be that Alpine or Nacogdoches; East or West Texas or someplace in the middle. If you’ve ever wanted to step away from the constant distractions of everyday life and spend a week with your fellow writers immersed in your craft and drawing inspiration from the literary community, this is your chance.
In 2021, we’ll be hosting our Summer Writing Retreat virtually and for a full month. Join us in July for one of three classes (Fiction, Memoir, Revision) taught by three terrific instructors (Charlotte Gullick, Jessica Wilbanks, Chaitali Sen). Each class will meet weekly on Zoom for a total of four sessions. Throughout the month, we’ll be hosting special events and class meet-ups, along with daily writing time. Commit to your writing this summer – and grow your writing community. Registration is currently open.
Here’s how it works:
Choose your class: memoir, fiction, or revision (or the Write Away option). Each class will meet once a week for four sessions total starting the week of July 5. You can read more about each class below and on the individual class pages. Once you know which class you’d like to take, you’ll register via that class page.
Choose your registration level: Level 1 (Class Only) or Level 2 (Class + Private Consultation). Level 2 (Class + Private Consultation) registrations will include one 20-minute meeting with the class instructor sometime during the month (via Zoom). If you’d like, you can also share 10 pages of your work for feedback ahead of the meeting. There will only be 20 Level 2 seats available in each class.
We’ll kick the month off with an Orientation Session followed by a special SWR edition of One Page Salon (July 3).
Each class will meet once a week for four sessions total starting the week of July 5. The memoir class will meet on Monday evenings (July 5, 12, 19, 26). The fiction class will meet on Tuesday evenings (July 6, 13, 20, 27). The revision class will meet on Wednesday evenings (July 7, 14, 21, 28).
There will be evening writing sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays (12 sessions total) and class registrants are welcome to attend these write-ins on the evenings their class is not in session.
There will be Summer Writing Retreat Meet-ups every Tuesday (lunchtime) and Thursday (evening). These sessions will be open to all registrants and will feature small group meet-ups on Zoom – a great opportunity to meet writers in other classes or further connect with writers in your class.
Throughout the month, registrants will enjoy free programs and special events hosted by the WLT.
The Summer Writing Retreat closes with a special Student Reading Night (not to be missed!) on Thursday, July 29.
If you’d like to attend the 2021 Summer Writing Retreat, the first step is choosing your class from one of the below options. Each class will meet once a week for four sessions total starting the week of July 5. Once you know which class you’d like to take, you’ll register via that individual class page.
MEMOIR: “Writing to Discover: The Art of Memoir” with Jessica Wilbanks meets every Monday of the month (July 5, 12, 19, 26) on Zoom from 6:30 PM CDT to 9:30 PM CDT. You can find the full class description and registration options here.
FICTION: “Exploration & Generation: Playing with Fiction Fundamentals” with Charlotte Gullick meets every Tuesday of the month (July 6, 13, 20, 27) on Zoom from 6:30 PM CDT to 9:30 PM CDT. You can find the full class description and registration options here.
REVISION: “Layering: A Structured Approach to Revision” with Chaitali Sen meets every Wednesday of the month (July 7, 14, 21, 28) on Zoom from 6:30 PM CDT to 9:30 PM CDT. You can find the full class description and registration options here.
We have a fourth option available for those who’d like to be a part of the Summer Writing Retreat experience but aren’t ready to commit to a class: the Write Away. Details on the Write Away can be found below.
If you’d like to be a part of the Summer Writing Retreat experience but you’re not ready to commit to a class – or maybe you’re just getting started on a project and you’d like to get in as much writing time as you can – our special Write Away option might be just the thing for you.
Spend July enjoying virtual writing sessions with fellow writers. Each Write Away session is three hours in length and will take place every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (12 sessions total) on Zoom from 6:30 PM CDT to 9:30 PM CDT.
Our Summer Writing Retreat includes weekly special events, kicking off with the One Page Salon (Saturday, July 3) and closing with our Student Reading Night (Thursday, July 29).
We have a big month planned for July and we know this is a lot of information to take in. If you have any questions, reach out to the WLT staff point person for our Summer Writing Retreat, Becka Oliver, and she’ll be sure to get back to you quickly: firstname.lastname@example.org.