West Virginia

From the Inside Out: Your Own Story, Your Own Words

Find your voice and hone your craft as you become a more confident writer through prompts, instruction and daily feedback. Plus, attend readings and share your own creative works.
Rating (4.33)
Program No. 18006RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Honor your personal story with vivid creative writing. You'll hear examples of luminous writing, respond to a writing prompts, share stories and learn to clarify your writing. You'll gain new skills you can apply to personal writing in any form: journaling, memoir, poems, essays, even songs.
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 hands-on techniques from a professional artist, and spend hours in the studio perfecting your craft.
  • 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 value-priced single room. 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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