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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.

Find more testimonials here.

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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.) Melanie joins retreat participants for an opening happy hour and a closing lunch.  (Lodging and meals not included in price.)

Limited to first eight registrants. $250 deposit by Oct. 21st holds your spot. Balance due on October 27th.  Register via email:


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 (, in Prescott, Arizona, in the Cycladic Islands of Greece, and on the Monterey Peninsula in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Learn more about Melanie here.