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Elixir Writing Retreats

You can watch the replay for the Elixir Writing Retreats below. There’s also a timestamped overview of the interview below the video.

Prefer to just listen? Use the audio player below.

📚 Timestamped overview (AI generated)
[00:05:51] Moved to France, missed friend, discussed writing in castle, pandemic delayed plans until June 2022.
[00:09:02] Elixir writing retreats combine conference-like instruction with community and fun activities, including cultural excursions, making them unique and valuable.
[00:12:20] Feed your writing by carving out time at a retreat. Creating work in a stimulating, supportive environment is crucial in a society filled with uncertainty, stress and unknown.
[00:14:47] Writing is isolating but talking with other writers is invaluable for stimulation and engagement. Walking and chatting helped clear their minds.
[00:18:28] First retreat in an 18th-century castle with modernized rooms, grand piano, and pool. Presenters discussed topics for an hour and a half followed by continuing conversations. Attendees found a comfortable spot to write in the castle’s nooks and crannies.
[00:24:33] Group planned fall trip to Catskills for something new and for foliage.
[00:28:06] Winter Clove Inn Resort has great food, amenities like an indoor pool and gym, an old-fashioned bowling alley, and plenty of hiking trails. The group plans to do campfire stories and s’mores.
[00:30:17] Day divided into three sections: breakfast and writing time, lectures in afternoon, activities before/after dinner, partnering with local cider company for a tasting.
[00:35:01] Open application for Elixir Cancun in Feb. 2024 at a private hacienda on a monkey sanctuary. Co-hosted by Rocky Callen. Speakers include YA author Rocky, Newberry medalist Donna Barba Higuera, and agent Allison Remcheck.
[00:37:12] Feedback and social media connection important. Post-retreat survey helps produce better retreats. Work on writing daily.

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