West Virginia

Sensory and Specific: A Creative Writing Course

Stop staring at the page and start writing like a pro! Find inspiration in the idyllic Appalachian foothills as you learn to craft sentences with all the richness of your five senses.
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Program No. 12643RJ
6 days
Starts at
6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5B 5L 5D
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At a Glance

Writing with all five senses makes for vivid, memorable language in poems, essays and memoirs. Take the plunge into the "five rivers," as poet Mary Oliver calls the senses. Examples, discussion, exercises and some laugh-out-loud wordplay for beginners and seasoned writers.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing on this program.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about writing styles from a professional writer, and spend hours in the studio practicing the art of writing.
  • Enjoy evening entertainment as a group, including a covered bridges field trip, or take advantage of free studio time.
  • Be inspired by the picturesque and tranquil backdrop of the Appalachian foothills and four peaceful lakes, and explore the area’s historic covered bridges, a two-story log cabin and a one-room schoolhouse.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Colleen Anderson
After serving as a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer in Cabin Creek, West Virginia, Colleen earned her bachelor’s in English at West Virginia University and a master’s degree in Humanities from Marshall University. She has been a writer and designer since 1975, and formed Mother Wit Writing and Design in 1983. She currently lives and works in Charleston, West Virginia.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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