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Saturday, March 23, 2013

2013 Word Lovers Weekend - Details!



Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2, 2013 

Igniting Possibilities announces the 2013 Word Lovers Weekend at the Idlewyld Bed and Breakfast in Lakeside. Our theme is Writing Your Best Words. 
Come early on Thursday evening or Friday to work on your writing projects and find time throughout the weekend to commune with the muse. Relax and enjoy and open up.

Before you can begin to Write Your Best Words, you will want to Choose Your Best Projects.  We’ll start the formal programming on Friday night as we explore how to choose what it is you want to do with your writing time. 

Our Writers-in-Residence are novelist Robin Yocum, freelance writer Mary Mihaly, and poet/dancer Mary Bodnar, who will each lead workshops on Saturday (descriptions are on the next page). Novelist Les Roberts, a Word Lovers favorite, will be available for critique sessions on Saturday. Time to write is penciled in at Saturday intervals, Friday arrival, and after the Gathering on Sunday.

THURSDAY              Arrive in Lakeside at Noon (Optional)
FRIDAY                     Dinner at the Idlewyld/Choose Your Best Projects – 6:00 PM
SATURDAY              Breakfast Served – 8:30 AM
                                    Yocum Workshop – 10:00 AM
                                    Lunch -- 12:30 PM
                                    Bodnar Workshop – 1:30 PM
                                    Mihaly Workshop – 3:00 PM
 SUNDAY                   Breakfast Served – 8:30 AM
                                    Weekend Gathering – 9:30 AM

Lakeside is a great place for walking, watching sunsets, seeing a starlit night sky, and relaxing. Stress falls away the minute you enter Lakeside, which provides the scene and background against which we will create, rejuvenate, and connect with our writing, our muse, and each other. Make Lakeside your weekend escape to get some work done in the company of other writers. Find your “tribe.”

Weekend Fees are $169/weekend without room, $239/weekend for shared room, and $329/weekend for private room. Thursday’s overnight stay is $50. All meals Friday noon through Sunday noon, except Saturday dinner, are included. Reserve your space by contacting Claudia Taller at claudia.taller@yahoo.com or at 440-554-6406. A $50 nonrefundable fee will hold your space until May 1, with the balance due by May 15. Late cancellations are subject to penalties. Sign up by April 15 and save $25. Payment should be sent to 26408 Chapel Hill Drive, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070.

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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.