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RIPLEY, WEST VIRGINIA

Sensory and Specific: A Creative Writing Course

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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Itinerary for May 5 — May 10, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
82 FFA Drive
Ripley, WV 25271 USA
phone: 304-372-7860
web: www.cedarlakes.com

Facility amenities: There is an outdoor swimming pool on premises.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 a night for private room.
We have lodging before and after program when available. Must have reservation in advance.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 05 - Arrival & Check In/Orientation
Afternoon: Arrive for program registration

Dinner: Dinner is served 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

Evening: Orientation will take place at 7:00 PM.

Lodging: Cedar Lakes Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
82 FFA Drive
Ripley, WV 25271 USA
phone: 304-372-7860
web: www.cedarlakes.com

Facility amenities: There is an outdoor swimming pool on premises.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 a night for private room.
We have lodging before and after program when available. Must have reservation in advance.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 06 - Class/Entertainment
Breakfast: Breakfast is served in Lakeview dining hall from 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM.

Morning: Class starts at 8:45 AM. Explore various forms of writing, including short essay and poetry.

Lunch: Lunch is served at Lakeview dining hall from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.

Afternoon: Class begins at 1:15 PM and continues until 4:30 PM. Students use their own life experiences as the starting point for their writings.

Dinner: Dinner is served in Lakeview dining hall from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

Evening: Evening program will begin at 7:00 PM. Enjoy a special concert of songs with Colleen Anderson and Julie Adams.

Lodging: Cedar Lakes Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
82 FFA Drive
Ripley, WV 25271 USA
phone: 304-372-7860
web: www.cedarlakes.com

Facility amenities: There is an outdoor swimming pool on premises.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 a night for private room.
We have lodging before and after program when available. Must have reservation in advance.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 07 - Class/Open Studio
Breakfast: Breakfast is served in Lakeview dining hall from 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM.

Morning: Class begins at 8:45 AM. Participants get prompts each day from instructor, each preceded by several examples of wonderful writing.

Lunch: Lunch is served in Lakeview dining hall from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Afternoon: Class begins at 1:15 PM and continues until 4:30 p.m. Participants are given quiet time to write, then the participants share their writings (if they wish) with the group in a non-threatening, supportive atmosphere.

Dinner: Dinner is served in Lakeview dining hall from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

Evening: Open studio will begin at 6:30 PM. Participants continue to work on their writing.

Lodging: Cedar Lakes Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
82 FFA Drive
Ripley, WV 25271 USA
phone: 304-372-7860
web: www.cedarlakes.com

Facility amenities: There is an outdoor swimming pool on premises.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 a night for private room.
We have lodging before and after program when available. Must have reservation in advance.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 08 - Class/Entertainment
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in Lakeview dining hall from 7:15 AM - 8:30 AM.

Morning: Class begins at 8:45 AM. A typical prompt: "Write about an everyday object-an item of clothing, a favorite tool, or a commonplace surrounding-that has some emotional significance for you." The instructor might illustrate this prompt by reading a poem such as Anita Skeen's "Linoleum" and a short essay of her own about her old bell bottom jeans.

Lunch: Lunch will be served in Lakeview dining hall from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.

Afternoon: Class begins at 1:15 PM and continues until 4:30 PM. As participants share their writing - most Road Scholars are eager to do so,the instructor concentrates on helping them improve their skills in an encouraging way: using their senses to make their writing more vivid, learning to identify weaknesses such as passive sentence construction and weak verbs, learning how to revise the writing to make it livelier and more readable.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in Lakeview dining hall from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

Evening: Evening program will begin at 7:00 PM. Enjoy the antics of a local group of musicians, "The Zucchini Pickers". They are tasteless and prolific!

Lodging: Cedar Lakes Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
82 FFA Drive
Ripley, WV 25271 USA
phone: 304-372-7860
web: www.cedarlakes.com

Facility amenities: There is an outdoor swimming pool on premises.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 a night for private room.
We have lodging before and after program when available. Must have reservation in advance.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 09 - Class/Open Studio
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in Lakeview dining hall from 7:15 AM - 8:30 AM.

Morning: Class begins at 8:45 AM. In addition to prompts that draw from participant's life experiences, the week also includes one or two "lighter" prompts, when the instructor feels the participants need a break. In the past participants have had lots of fun writing from the point of view of a mask, for instance, or writing a short-story in a very specific 120-word format: a 15-word sentence followed by a 14-word sentence, and so on, down to a single word. These "fun" exercises are not just for comic relief, however! The former is a wonderful intro to point-of-view discussions, and the latter a gentle way of exploring the differences between prose and poetry.

Lunch: Lunch will be served in Lakeview dining hall from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.

Afternoon: Class begins at 1:15 PM and continues until 4:30 p.m. The instructor does not give, or tolerate, harsh criticism in her workshops. She doesn't believe it's productive. She has found, over the years, that a gentle, encouraging atmosphere helps a class to bond in a way that participants can learn from each other as well as from the instructor. Participants continue writing and printing off their work to share on our walk through the classrooms at the end of the week.

Dinner: Banquet will be served in Lakeview dining hall from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM.

Evening: At 6:30 PM we will do a walk through the class rooms to see what the participants accomplished during the week.

Lodging: Cedar Lakes Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 10 - Class
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in Lakeview dining hall from 7:15 AM - 8:30 AM.

Morning: Class will begin at 8:45 AM. and end at 11:30 AM. Participants will discuss their accomplishments they had during the week as they do an overview of the week's writing.

Lunch: Lunch will be served in Lakeview dining hall from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. The program ends after lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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