“I’ve always felt that my ‘style’—the careful projection onto paper of who I think I am—was my only marketable asset, the only possession that might set me apart from other writers.” ---William Zinsser

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Word Lovers will Rev You Up!



Friday, June 8, through Sunday, June 10, 2012 

Igniting Possibilities announces the Spring 2012 Word Lovers Retreat. Writers are encouraged to bring their works-in-progress to refine their writing. Once again, we convene at the Idlewyld Bed and Breakfast, a historic home just blocks from Lake Erie. Come early on Friday to work hard, then join the group on Friday evening to get feedback on your concept, title, and jacket-cover presentation. Les Roberts (http://lesroberts.com/) will be the writer-in-residence and will be available for individual critique sessions for a $30 fee.

Saturday's schedule begins with Debbie Alferio (http://www.freewebs.com/debsbooks/), who will lead a program on characterization. Writer Kelly Ferjutz (http://bookmechanic.wordpress.com/) will lead a workshop on scenes and bringing the reader into the story. At the end of the day, Les will then bring us to focus on plot and dialogue. You will want your manuscripts handy to mark them up throughout the day. Above all, remember it’s your weekend--you can choose to sit out any programming that gets in the way of the muse.

The rest of the weekend is yours, for writing, star gazing, porch rocking, and street walking!  While the weekend will focus on elements of fiction, some may prefer to work on non-fiction and take what they need from the fiction workshops. Make Lakeside your weekend escape to get some work done in the company of other writers. You can set your own pace for writing, taking clues from the muse.

Weekend Fees are $120.  Registration is limited to twenty participants. Rooms are available at the rates charged by the Idlewyld (http://idlewyldbb.com). Reserve your space by contacting Claudia Taller at claudia.taller@yahoo.com or at 440-554-6406.

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My book, "Ohio's Lake Erie Wineries," an Arcadia production, explores the history of island and lakeshore wineries from the mid-1800s through today. I write travel, memoir, profiles, book reviews, local interest articles, and fiction. My writing is always of discovery--whether it's journaling, book reviewing, letter writing, or sharing an experience of life. I have written two novels and am working on a third novel and a memoir. I am passionate about sharing what life has to offer with others. "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron woke me up to a sense of possibility--life is too short not be enjoyed by living deeply and well. I created Igniting Possibilities, a conduit for creativity workshops and events, in the hope of guiding others to realize their full potential. The Word Lover's Retreats at Lakeside, Ohio's Chautauqua community, help writers find their voice and direction.