Wayward Writer Retreat Plans Underway…

century bike 123 x saIt’s my favorite time of year. In a couple of weeks the kids will be out of school and my day time hours will no longer be punctuated with picks ups and drops off from school but figuring out what they do so they don’t become sloths. Thankfully, they are older and can walk to the nearest watering hole. Also THANKFUL to my father and his wife for flying them out to see them for a couple of weeks. YES!

So as May winds down…I’m planning the 5th Annual Wayward Writer Retreat.

The Wayward Writer Retreat is largely comprised of writers who’ve taken Ariel Gore’s online writing classes over the years. I started taking classes from her in 2008. When you write with people and you’re writing your memoirs? Dude. You feel like you KNOW PEOPLE. It’s like you’ve known them all your life.

But at the same time you don’t know them because you’ve never even met.

Five years ago I was renting this swanky piece of property which had room to spare it was so big. I kept thinking, we need a campout. So I suggested it to my online writer friends. And a few of them were willing to jump in and meet each other face to face. I’ll add to this that many of us are mother writers who even when we get into a writing retreat often couldn’t go because of not being able to fit it in with our mothering schedule.

The idea was simple: writers come and camp out, contribute to food, participate in a reading, get to know each other, do quick write writing assignments , and hang out with like minded folk.

Each year has been a process of figuring out what works and what doesn’t work.  Some years worked better than others. Drought doesn’t make a campout easy, for example. Neither does forest fires. BUT IN GENERAL it’s been a blast. And the kids seem to like it too–although they arguably treat it like a kid-of-writer- support group.

Each year we seem to have a core group and a few others that come back and newcomers too. This year I’m partnering a bit with some local businesses who are always happy to have out of town visitors.

So if you’re in Plumas County on July 28-31 you might see us at a watering hole (literal not a bar) or a watering hole (a bar). At the lake, on a hike. Etc.

So far we have:

Thursday night arrival: Carousel anyone?

Friday July 29: Book signing and reading by Michelle Gonzales at Musicland in downtown Greenville. 5:30 pm; Wine & Snacks reception at The Hideaway Motel & Lounge in Greenville. Friday night private screening of Wayward Retreat goer Heidi Moore’s new movie Dolly Deadly in the forest.

Saturday July 30: Annual Wayward Writer Retreat Reading 7 pm Main Street Lounge, Quincy; The Glides –cool band from Arizona we know will play the Sports Bar at the Main at 9 pm.  Lasara Firefox Allen will do a book signing and reading earlier in the day TBA.

Fun Stuff. I’m proud to write (and party) with the Waywards and super proud at how far we’ve come and how we continue to make strides.




About Margaret Elysia Garcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of short story ebook collection Sad Girls and Other Stories, and the audiobook Mary of the Chance Encounters, and the co-founder and lead playwright of Las Pachucas, theatrical troupe. She teaches creative writing and theatre in a California state prison.
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