By Adrian Ernesto Cepeda
If you’re a writer searching for inspiration, now is your chance to find it at the fifth annual WordTheatre® Writers’ Workshop and Retreat. What better way to spend you summer vacation than writing in the idyllic countryside of Edale England, situated in the breathtaking Peak District, the British Isles’ first national park – is the second most visited walking destination in the world after Mt. Fuji. Want to spend time soaking up the wonder that inspired such writers as William Wordsworth and Lord Byron? This week long program includes a fascinating mix of workshop sessions, hosted meals and conversations with an inspiring array of guest speakers, and personal time for reflection and creativity.
Best of all this years writing retreat will be led by Richard Bausch the Past chancellor of The Fellowship of Southern Writers; he’s penned eight short story collections and eleven novels. His work is widely anthologized and has won a Rea Award, two National Magazine Awards and The PEN/Malamud Award, among others. He is editor of The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and a professor at Chapman University. The Raleigh News and Observer describes our Writing Retreat and Workshop leader best. “Bausch writes about things that matter.” We urge you to discover the elegant greatness of Bausch’s latest novel Before, During, After and you will be ready to be led by the Southern American writer, as Sven Birkerts of The New York Times called “a master of the novel as well as the story.”
Past workshops have been led by Ron Carlson (2011), Dan Chaon (2012), David Means (2013) and Andre Dubus III (2014). Dubus III enthusiastically described WordTheatre’s one week writers excursion as, “WordTheatre Workshop and Retreat is just that, a retreat into work, the kind we writers do, that descent into the dream world where characters live and claim us with their stories. I have never taught anywhere ever before where the physical conditions of the retreat were as encouraging of this descent as Edale, England and the deeply creative and loving people who welcome you there, who join you in this necessary fall into your imaginations, and whom you will also end up calling life-long friends. If I could live there, I would!”
Can you think of a better way to spend your summer vacation? So pick up your lab-top, your stories, your pen, paper and pack your bags/ WordTheatre Workshop and Retreat 2015 led by Richard Bausch is waiting and ready to inspire you with scenery of the English countryside and spark your living adventures on the page. Reserve a space now and prepare to experience the writers retreat event of a lifetime. Applications are available at www.WordTheatre.com/writers-retreat.