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Writing Our Lives Retreat for Women

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Writing Our Lives: An Intro to Memoir

 Prescott, Arizona, October 27—29, 2017

Are there events from your life you want to get down on paper? Need help getting started? Join us in Prescott for Writing Our Lives: An Intro to Memoir. Leave with inspiration, insight, ideas, skills, and maybe some new friends.

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“My experience at the Lexi Retreat was life changing.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into and was very anxious.  I had not really had much writing experience and Melanie was the perfect person to guide me through and to put me at ease.” –Sarah O. New Orleans, LA 

 

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“I have attended the Iowa Writers Workshop, the workshop in Spoleto, Italy and the New York Writers Institute. I can say hands-down that working with Melanie has been the most inspiring of them all. She is an excellent educator and an exceptional reader. She helped me to move forward on my project and to do some of my best writing ever. It is my full intention to come back next year and continue to work with Melanie.”  –Dr. Linda Meyers, writer and psychologist, Manhattan, 3-time retreat attendee.

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A year ago, Lexi hosted our first Write & Play Retreat in Prescott, Arizona. Nicknamed “Everybody’s Hometown,” “The Mile-High City,” and “Arizona’s Christmas City,” Prescott is known for its comfortable climate, natural beauty, tree-lined town square, clean air, and small-town charm. Surrounded by National Forests, Prescott’s hiking and biking opportunities are plentiful and close to town. Lodging and food costs are very reasonable.

$575 includes 3 group sessions with mentor, Melanie Bishop. (Friday evening, Sat and Sun mornings.) Lodging and meals not included.

Limited to first eight registrants. $250 deposit by Sept. 30th holds your spot. Balance due on October 20th.  Register via email: leximelanie@gmail.com.

 

Recommended Lodging: Grand Highland Hotel on Whiskey Row. grand highland sign for lexi

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“Memoir is absolutely my favorite course to teach. It’s an honor and a privilege to offer gentle guidance to writers at every level, as they grapple with the details of their lives, aiming to make artful sense of this human experience we all share.”  –Melanie Bishop

Melanie Photos 079Melanie Bishop taught creative writing and literature at Prescott College for 22 years, and founded their national literary magazine, Alligator Juniper. She’s the author of a young adult novel, My So-Called Ruined Life, Book One of the Tate McCoy Series. Book Two, The Savior of Me, is due out next year.

Melanie has mentored creative writing retreats in Arizona’s Sierra Ancha Wilderness, At Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti (www.arcosanti.org), in Prescott, Arizona, in the Cycladic Islands of Greece, and on the Monterey Peninsula in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Learn more about Melanie here.

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New in 2017: Lexi Retreats in Prescott, Arizona

Last October, Lexi hosted our first Write & Play retreat in Prescott, Arizona. Nicknamed “Everybody’s Hometown,” “The Mile-High City,” and “Arizona’s Christmas City,” Prescott is known for its comfortable climate, natural beauty, tree-lined town square, clean air, and small-town charm. Surrounded by National Forests, Prescott’s hiking and biking opportunities are plentiful and close to town. Lodging and food costs are very reasonable.

 

Here’s what Andi, a poet from Massachusetts, had to say after her four-day Write & Play in Prescott retreat. Andi was working on essays and memoir.

Let’s start with location: Prescott, Arizona is the real deal – an old western cowboy town whose pioneer spirit and rustic nature (not to mention famous Christmas lights!) have attracted writers for decades. It’s steeped in western folklore: think Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. It’s the wild west in the 21st century, equal parts untamed and cultured. Which means that after you mosey past the old frontier saloon you can work on your latest draft over a locally-sourced, micro-roasted café latte. In a coffeehouse overlooking a body of water called Granite Creek. The main drag downtown is called Whiskey Row: seriously, what are you waiting for?

All the ambiance in the world though, doesn’t mean a lot on a writing retreat without a great guide (teacher, leader, etc.).  Personally, I look for an insightful, intelligent writer who knows pretty much every one of my hesitations, fears, excuses, writerly joys and heartaches because she’s experienced them herself.

Wisdom is hard-won in the writing world: you know this.  Do you want someone with credentials? Yes, ok, Melanie has those in spades. Many people do. What she offers that not many others do is this: keen insight, intuition, compassion, hard truths, empathy, new ways of seeing your work, and of opening possibilities. What this retreat offers is Melanie’s own brand of wisdom – and it works.

A Lexi retreat isn’t about lolling on a beach while your journal gets margarita stains, or strolling Italian vineyards with a hopeful pocket notebook (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). It’s not about hobnobbing, networking, or schmoozing. It’s about giving yourself a focused few days or week or however much time you crave where the focus is you & your writing. And about giving yourself a generous, talented guide.

These are the reasons you go, the reasons you read and sit still and listen. From afar, such a time can appear to be a luxury, especially in these tumultuous times, when the world can feel like it’s unraveling before our eyes, and there is so much work to do.  And yet, you’re a writer. This is your work. It’s time to get started.    –Andi Werblin

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Andi Werblin is the author of two books of poems, Lullaby for One Fist (Wesleyan University Press) and Sunday with the Sound Turned Off (Lost Horse Press). She works as a freelance creative director in the Boston area. Orange is her favorite color.