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The Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat
Creative Writing Weekend Workshop

Developing Fiction/Memoir/Personal Essay/Poetry - With an Emphasis on Works in Progress


Thursday afternoon, June 22nd, to, Sunday afternoon, June 25th, 2017
Updated 12-2-2016

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The Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat 2017

Change....

The older I get, the more stodgy I become about accepting change.

There. I've done it. I've used the words "I", "older" and "stodgy" in one sentence. Ugh.

But it's true. When Irene Sherlock told me last winter that June 2016 would be her last time leading the Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat, because she really wanted to focus more time and energy on her private business as a substance abuse counselor, I was unwilling to entertain the thought of her no longer sharing that time with us. I wanted to clap my hands over my ears and shout "Lalalalalalalalalala. I can't HEEAAR you!" For nine years I had brought writers to work under Irene's tutelage, watching how she coaxed us all to dig deeper, tap into our emotions, enrich our work with imagery, engage our readers with parallels from the natural world. I had seen the work of each of the returning writers improve, and had watched how responsive writers new to the retreat were to her teaching.

But now? NOW? Start over WITHOUT IRENE?

In July 2016, days after our final retreat evening together, I doubted whether that would be possible. And then came Irene's email:

"I think I've thought of the perfect person to take over the retreat, if you want me to approach him, and if he is willing."

I did and she did and he said yes. I'm thrilled to say that in 2017 we turn a page to a new chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat, a continuation of the rich story penned to date by Irene Sherlock.

I am enormously pleased and excited to announce that the June 2017 retreat will be led by Ira Joe Fisher, whose writing, speaking and teaching credentials promise a challenging and rewarding experience for all participants at the retreat.

IRA JOE FISHER
Ira Joe Fisher has been a professor of writing and poetry at New England University, Mercy College and the University of Connecticut, and has published three volumes of poetry, as well as having worked as a humor writer. He spent a number of years as a feature writer and reporter in broadcasting, earning him the honor of two regional Emmys.
For years he was a regular on CBS Television Network's Early Show. Read more at www.irajoefisher.com.

Please read below details about registration, lodging, fees, waiting list, cancellation policy and conditions under which a writer may forfeit his/her spot.

 

 


Ira Joe Fisher
IRA JOE FISHER

"Writing is communicating.
Each sentence – each word - must carry its weight. 
Serving your reader, serving your story."

 

Serenity on the Lake - an idyllic site for writing

SERENITY ON THE LAKE
a well-maintained retreat site with access to Glen Lake
In the town of Lake George

"Home" to the Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat since 2014

 

2017 ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN RETREAT
June 22 (p.m.) - June 25 (p.m.)

 

 

 

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The Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat is a four-day workshop (six instruction sessions) hosted by Fiction Among Friends. Ira Joe Fishcer (www.irajoefisher.com). The retreat is comprised of blocks of writing time alternating with group sessions during which partipcants learn about craft and engage in writing exercises. Some of our evening time is used for readings from the works in progress. The retreat is open to writers of varying genres and experience. Many participants in the Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat have written enthusiastically about progress achieved in these workshops, and have returned in successive years to continue their work and share success stories. Retreat participation is limited to eight writers to ensure that each participant has ample time for questions, feedback and writing.

The Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat will be held this year at a private home on Glen Lake, in the town of Lake George, NY, a few miles south of Lake George Village. Named "Serenity on the Lake," this attractively landscaped lakefront home has lots of common space for workshops, writing and socializing, a well-equipped kitchen and laundry, as well seven bedrooms and five baths (accommodations for up to 14 friendly people), and the home offers heat and air conditioning. Meal preparation has beenn planned by participants. Need to get out of the house? The lake is available for swimming and boating. A pedal boat, canoes and kayaks are available,

LIVE IN, LIVE OUT
For many reasons, you are encouraged to lodge at Serenity during the retreat; a cohesiveness builds among group members in residence, and the day-to-day distractions and responsibilities of home life do not intrude upon the writing "zone" created at the site. Additionally, the time one spends commuting might better be spent writing. Under rules of the management, commuting guests are asked to restrict visits to the hours between 8:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

GENERAL SCHEDULE- Subject to discussion and revision accoring to group preference
Day One (Thursday):
Plan to arrive about 3 p.m. to settle into your rooms and be ready for dinner about 6. After we clear away supper, we'll sit down with Ira to discuss the schedule of workshops/writing/readings for the coming three days.

Day Two (Friday):

--Breakfast, for those in-residence, will consist of a buffet available from about 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. and the bottomless coffee pot will be plugged in by the first person moving in the morning.
--Lunch c. noon

--Dinner c. 6 - 6:30,

Day Three (Saturday):
--Breakfast 6:30 - 830 as on Day Two.
--Lunch noonish

--Dinner c. 6 - 6:30

Day Four (Sunday):
--Breakfast 6:30 - 830 as on Day Two - bed linens and towels to laundry room, please. I'll try to get all washed and back to you to remake your beds before checkout
--Lunch noonish
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Final group session after lunch. Departure by 3 p.m.


FEES - Updated 201
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In-residence fee,
including lodging, all meals and workshops will be $460.
Commuter fee,
including lunches, dinners and workshops, will be $400.
Participants wishing to supply and prepare a lunch or dinner should contact me in advance about a discount.
Please pay deposit of $100 at time of acceptance in order to secure your spot. Balance will be due on May 15.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

You may open a pdf version of the registration here, but contact me for a Word doc registration form, which you may fill out on your computer and return to me email: PersisGranger@aol.com. Writers new to the retreat are asked to email a writing sample of no more than 10 double-spaced pages, submitted electronically to the same email address. Email is preferred for registration, but let me know if this does not work for you. Please confirm your reservation by mailing your $100 check, made out and mailed to Persis Granger, as noted below:



LIMITATIONS, WAITING LIST, LOSS OF SPOT, MAILING ADDRESSES:

Retreat space is limited and spots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, although registration of new participants is dependent upon acceptance of writing sample. A waiting list will be established when registrations for all eight openings have been confirmed.

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Please confirm your reservation with a $100 deposit at time of acceptance. Make check or money order payable to Persis R. Granger. Balance must be received no later than June 1, at which time an unpaid spot may be assigned to a writer on the waiting list. (Fee may be paid in lump sum or in any number of installments.)

When mailing checks, if before April 10, mail to:
Persis Granger
7460 SE 51st Way
Trenton, FL 32693


If after April 10, mail to:
Persis Granger
11 Clarence Russell Road
Warrensburg, NY 12885



CANCELLATION

--There is no penalty for cancellations made in writing before May 15th.
-- Those canceling in writing between May 15th and June 15th will forfeit the deposit unless the spot can be filled..
-- There will be no refunds for cancellations made after June 15th unless the vacancy created by the cancellation is filled, in which case you will forfeit the deposit.
--Balance of payment is due June 1st.

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EARLY REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED, AS THE RETREAT FILLS QUICKLY.


Perky Granger, PersisGranger@aol.com
or phone 518-623-9305.
Winter phone: 352-463-3089

 

Driving Directions to Serenity
For those of you approaching from the south,
find Serenity on the Lake at 8 Reardon Road, Lake George, NY, from Adirondack Northway (I-87) Exit 20:


1. Head north on I-87 N toward Exit 20

2. Take exit 20 for "NY-149" following signs toward Fort Ann/Whitehall -- go 0.1 mi

3. Turn left onto NY-149 E/U.S. 9 N--go 0.5 mi.


4. Turn right onto NY-149 E - go 1.6 mi.

5. Turn right onto County Rte 63/Oxbow Hill Rd--go 0.1 mi.

6. Take the 1st left onto County Rte 63/Glen Lake Rd/Moon Hill Rd--go 0.3 mi.

7. Turn right onto Tee Hill Rd - go 0.2 mi.

8. Take the 1st right onto Reardon Rd - go 367 ft.

9. Turn right onto Reardon Rd. Extension
Destination will be on the right - 0.1 mi. Mailbox says "Serenity."

If you are approaching from the Warrensburg, Lake George Village or Bolton area, head south on route 9 out of Lake George until you come to the intersection with route 149. Turn left, travel 1.6 miles and follow steps 5 - 9. See you there!


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Email to ask about gift certificates (full or partial), discounts and to request the Word doc registration form .

VISIT THE ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN WRITERS' RETREAT MEMORIES PAGE, SEE WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS HAD TO SAY.


Since 2007 this event has received partial funding from Poets and Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Fiction Among Friends has been most appreciative of that support. Visit www.pw.org for more information.

The Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat and other events hosted by Fiction Among Friends are designed to give those who love to write an opportunity to develop writing skills, tap creativity and explore new ways of telling their stories. The quiet setting of the Adirondack Mountains is a peaceful place in which to nurture personal artistry, hone techniques and stretch literary wings.


Perky Granger
, retreat organizer, is an aspiring writer. She has three published books, and edits and co-authors the John Thurman Historical Society Quarterly. She has published articles in numerous publicationss, and writes occasional blog posts. In addition to the Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat, she also organizes monthly readings and occasional book-signings and one-day workshops for writers. She hosts the November St. George Island, FL, Writers' Retreat for Women, led byauthor-in-residence Adrian Fogelin, who guides and consults works in progress during an intensive week of writing and critiquing. These retreats provide a nurturing and supportive environment for writers, many of whom are embarking on a first major work. See more about Ficton Among Friends events at www.persisgranger.com/FAFatWillowsBistro.htm.

 


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