2017 Creative Writing Retreat Success

From 14th – 21st October, we ran our second Creative Writing Retreat at the Rancho. And what a wonderful, inspiring and generative week we had!

Together, Melvin Burgess and me (Lucy Christopher) tutored our students individually on their work-in- progress, as well as provided workshops on getting started, story structure, plot, editing, and setting (among other topics!). With the help of a pre-course questionnaire, the week was absolutely tailored to what the students wanted to learn.

Our mornings began in the divine new ‘Crystal Palace’ studio with early morning yoga (bodies need to be warmed up as well as brains!), followed by breakfast, and then our morning writing workshops. Lunch in the studio came next, followed by afternoons where students could write, or ride, or maybe do a bit of both. Before dinner was individual tutorials on their work, and after dinner came the tutor readings, or storytelling beside a bonfire. Mid-week we took our fearless band of writers on an excursion to Tula for some very Mexican creative inspiration. Top off the week with a visit from the wonderful Mexican publisher, Renato Aranda (who even arrived with Mescal to share), and we had one fabulously glorious time.

A particular highlight for me was the opportunity to ride with the students in the afternoon. On long, lazy walks through fields of vivid Mexican sunflowers, I enjoyed chatting to students about their novels or writing journey. There’s something about riding that makes thinking – and talking about thinking – just so much more relaxed, and easy. Together, we sorted out many a creative thorn during those rides.

This year our students called the week “transformative”, “amazing” and “exhilarating”. I’m going to add onto the list, as one of their teachers, that I found the week absolutely inspiring – I always find it so personally enriching to watch students achieve something new with their creativity, and to learn something helpful about their writing process. There were so many creative breakthroughs this year, it was so lovely to watch. And I, too, thought about new ideas and different ways of approaching my process.

2018 Earlybird discount – 10% off!

If you want to experience our amazing Creative Writing Retreat for yourselves, we are running it again in 2018 between the 6th – 13th October (when the flowers are out!). AND if you book in the next thirty days, we are even offering an EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT of 10% off the entire all-inclusive stay (only $1,957 USD for 7 nights, including airport transfers, single occupancy, all food and drink, yoga, riding, excursions and of course all writing tutorials and workshops).

Next year we plan to focus and tailor our retreat towards students who need a little more time, nurturing, and individual focus on their work. We will be offering more individual tutorials on work-in- progress with Melvin and I (up to an hour a day!), more time for writing and creative meditation, and slightly fewer group workshops. It’ll be the ideal retreat for those who need to unstick themselves from creative block, or who need that extra push to get their work-in- progress finished. Of course, the week still comes with all the loved extras of excursions, special guests, evening talks, and creative surprises!

Please email Jenny for more information or bookings at rancholascascadas@live.com

Alternatively, you can find out more information and join the Mexican Creative Writing
Retreat community on our Facebook page

Hasta luego, Writers!
Write well, write happy…

Categories General | Tags: | Posted on October 24, 2017

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