Wee-Sources: Writer's Retreats!

Or as I say here in my Wee Words World:
Writer's Wee-Treats!

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

Writing IS hard, but not TOO hard if you do it in community.

You won't understand the unabashed power of a community until you are a part of one.

Community has more meaning now than ever before. And being a world away from my family and friends, I appreciate any community I can connect with. Bonus points, when it aligns with my passion for writing!

💖 Enter, Poetry Friday!

Poetry Friday is a free weekly online gathering of poetry writers, readers, educators, anybody! Poet extraordinaire, Renee LaTulippe at No Water River, gives the best explanation of what Poetry Friday is and who can participate (everyone!) and how.

This week's Poetry Friday hostess is Ruth at There is no such thing as a God for-saken town.

This week's Wee-Source post is a curated list of 'writing in community' opportunities to keep your writing mojo rolling through the summer and beyond...

(All of the following Wee-Sources involve some kind of fee to participate, but I am receiving NO compensation for featuring them here. I just found them interesting and wanted to share. Sign up at your own risk.)

💖 Many of us are teachers and ALL of us are dealing with Covid restrictions so the good peeps at Teach Write, LLC have got you covered on how you can keep going with your writing at a safe distance with their Teach Write Academy.

There are multiple workshop opportunities there, but the one that interested me the most was the monthly Time to Write!: An Online Writing Workshop for Teacher-Writers. Their motto is "Together We Write Better". For a small fee you join a weekly session over the course of a month that will give you community and accountability in a safe (on multiple levels) on-line environment with other teacher writers. There are multiple times to choose from so as to fit your individual schedule. The times are a little tricky for me here in Switzerland, but I think I might try to join an August session. Will you join me?

💖 A name that is synonymous with children's writing AND community is Highlights Foundation.

Nestled in glorious northeastern Pennsylvania, Highlights is an amazing Wee-Source for children's writing retreats. I participated in a Highlights Poetry workshop back in 2012 where I was awestruck by met many Poetry Friday peeps. It was a life changing experience.

Right now Highlights is offering multiple workshops on a variety of children's writing subjects. And let me tell you, October is the month for children's poetry! Right now they are advertising on-site offerings. But as the Covid world evolves, that may change.

For those of us who can't travel to Highlights, they just announced another online treat:  Meditations for Writers & Illustrators: An On Demand Course that will be starting next week. A whole list of online offerings are here. The awesomeness never ends!

Poet/author extraordinaire, Laura Shovan, reminded me that Highlights also recently reopened for Unworkshops where you can use their gorgeous facility and dining services as an unstructured writing retreat getaway. All the information on Unworkshops is HERE.

💖 Another name synonymous with the best of the best of children's writing is the Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators or SCBWI for short.

In the age of Covid, SCBWI has made the decision to hold all of their programs exclusively online. That means, no matter where you are in the world, you can participate in an SCBWI event! No planes, no hotels, no time off work! You just need to pay a participation fee, wear your best pajamas/sweats, and drink your steaming cup of tea while you learn from the masters! Speaking of masters, Linda Sue Park is the keynote speaker for the Indiana region's conference: Diversity Day: Writing Outside Your Lane on Saturday 12 September.  There is a price difference between member and non-member, but either way, SCBWI events are an incredible value. And, many make available a recording of the event for registered participants after the event is over. Perfect if you are in another timezone! Check out all the Regional Webinars here.

💖 And if you want to be a part of the most amazing writing community on the planet, look into the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) program at Hamline University. 

I am proud to be an alumna and even prouder to be presenting my webinar: Poetic License: Road Tested Methods for Adding Poetry to Your WIP for High-Octane Reader Benefit to my fellow alumni this weekend! Utilizing my Language Learning education and experience, my webinar is about how to infuse poetic elements into your writing for not only reader enjoyment/engagement, but also for huge language learning benefits. I gave a different version of this talk back in April through SCBWI-Switzerland. I'm happy to say I got to know some wonderfully supportive and talented writers from all over the world through that experience - a shout out to Elisabeth in Switzerland and Kathy in California!
Contact me if you'd like me to share my webinar with your organization.

As more 'writing in community' Wee-Sources come through my inbox, I will share them with you, dear Weaders. Please contact me direct (bridgetatbridgetmageedotcom) if you know of or are involved in an opportunity you'd like to share. I'd be happy to feature you/it on my blog!

💖 THANK YOU to Tabatha who shared the following additional writing retreat Wee-Sources:

I have the BEST Weaders. 💓

Enjoy today's acrostic poem and its central message...(see what I did there?)

                at the centeR
                 of my desirE to
                              wriTe better
                        is the uRge to
                               for A
©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.


Ruth said...

Yay! You're the first to arrive! Welcome to the party! These are some wonderful suggestions, and I hope lots of people will be able to take advantage of them.

KatApel - katswhiskers.wordpress.com said...

I'm still giggling at the comic you started us with... and then you rounded it off with your acrostic. I'm currently hunkered down in the midst of 4 days of unplanned alone time - and I have loved it! Not 'writing' as such - but lots of writing business being attended to. And no need for elaborate meal preparation or clean-up! Because I have better things to do than cook! #always #iwish

Carol Varsalona said...

Nice work with the acrostic, Ruth. I could use a retreat so maybe in between the hectic pace, I can set up my retreat at my desk (if only i could find the bottom of it amidst the many papers and piles).

Linda Mitchell said...

Ooooooh, I do love a curated list of resources. It just makes me happy to see this. And, I see some I need to check out. I highly rec Highlights. It's really good teaching and learning.

Tabatha said...

I love that cartoon, too.
Yes to community and to the desire to write better!
I posted about making your own writing retreat last October and shared these links:
How To Design Your Own Writing Retreat
How to Have the Perfect Weekend Writer's Retreat
Rhonda Douglas on writing retreats
Thanks for sharing so many resources!

Amy LV said...

Thank you tons for this generosity today. A laugh, information, and a poem. I feel full. Off to check out your resources...thank you! xx

author amok said...

Thank you for all of these wonderful resources, Bridget! I just saw that Highlights has reopened for unworkshops. We have been staying home and staying in, but I am tempted!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Ruth, for hosting PF this week! Your party is quite the shin-dig! :)

Bridget Magee said...

Enjoy your alone-time, Kat. Having time to ponder uninterrupted is lovely sometimes - especially the cooking for one aspect! :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Carol! Yes, retreating at our home office is still a wonderful recharge! :)

Bridget Magee said...

I hope you find some gems among the list, Linda. Yes, Highlights is amazing. Everyone should experience a Highlights retreat (or more!) at some point. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Yay! Tabatha, you are the best! These links are fabulous! I've added them to the body of my post as well so people can check them out there or here in the comments. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Amy for stopping by and joining me! As a side note, I used your book, Poems Are Teachers as a mentor source text for part of my Hamline webinar. You are such an inspiration. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Laura! Thanks for reminding me about the Highlights Unworkshops, I'll add a link to the body of the post - crediting you! :)

Linda Kulp Trout said...

Bridget, thank you for all the great resources!

Mary Lee said...

I'm hoping to go to the Highlights Poetry retreat in October 2021! (Remember when we used to be able to plan a year in advance?!?!)

Michelle Kogan said...

Hi Bridget, thanks for your resource-packed post, many programs to reflect on here. In Illinois our local SCBWI networks have made the great majority of programs (not all) free which I think is a wonderful and thoughtful consideration during the times we are experiencing. Thanks also for your fun "RETREAT" acrostic poem.

Bridget Magee said...

You're welcome, Linda! I hope some resonated with you. Thanks for swinging by to take a look. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Yes, plans used to be so much fun to make, Mary Lee! An October 2021 poetry retreat in PA sounds like a great goal for me, too. Maybe we'll be there together? :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Michelle, for taking a look. So many places have really risen to the occasion of these unprecedented times and continued to provide community to writers - most especially SCBWI. :)

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