A Glorious Summer So Far…and Big News!
Writers’ Workshop & Retreat
Writers—both acclaimed and aspiring—gathered in the quaint yet energizing town of Edale, England for WordTheatre’s 9th annual Writers’ Workshop & Retreat. Led by Peter Orner, a group of 14 participants—half from North America, half from Britain, half women, half men—delved into the intricacies, inspirations and obstacles of their own writing. Mornings consisted of workshop sessions followed by lunch and time to explore the breathtaking Hope Valley. Evening salons featured special guests, Andrew Smith, Lizzy Barber, Peter Sansom and Donal McLaughlin. A final dinner and performance showcased the talent and work diligently developed during the week.
“Edale 2019 was exceptionally fun, inspiring and motivating. I know of no other creative retreat where the mix of people always seems to bring out the best in each of us. This year’s teacher, Peter Orner, was a task master in the best sense of the word. He made the classes exciting, challenging and pushed us to do work that I believe all of us found surprising we were capable of. As always, the food was delicious and we were pampered with morning snacks and evening cocktails. The salon guests were an interesting mix of accomplished people who were eager to share their knowledge and experience with us and continue conversations over sumptuous dinners at Kirsty and Tommy’s magical English manor. What I treasure the most is what I have taken home with me, a renewed dedication to writing, a host of new authors to explore, friendships renewed and started plus the pleasure of looking forward to next year’s 10th Writers’ Retreat anniversary in Edale.“
After the workshop, many of the participants headed down to London. For some, it was home. For some, it was an opportunity to extend their stay in England. Everybody gathered at Crazy Coqs for an extraordinary evening of Voices from the American Heartland: Stories by Peter Orner. Curated, cast and directed by WordTheatre Artistic Director Cedering Fox, the evening featured stories by workshop leader, Peter Orner.
Acclaimed actors David Soul, Damien Molony, Ian Hart, Rhashan Stone, Madeleine Potter and Emily Bruni, brought to life Orner’s work, which explores the realities and diversity of human experience in a captivating and truly moving manner. On the heels of leading Hugh Jackman’s 27-date European tour, featured violinist, Lizzie Ball, dazzled the audience with her profound, soulful accompaniment.
Ron Carlson to Lead the 10th Anniversary Writers’ Workshop & Retreat!
In honor of the Writers’ Workshop & Retreat’s 10th Anniversary, WordTheatre will bring back its very first leader, Ron Carlson! Carlson’s work has appeared in Esquire, Harpers, The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Carlson has written a novel, “Return to Oakpine,” a collection of short stories, “Kind of Flying,” and a book on writing, “Ron Carlson Writes a Story.”
Sign up now for the 2020 Writers’ Workshop & Retreat to secure a spot working under this fabulous and acclaimed author, Ron Carlson!