Writing Retreats for Adults
In October, 2009, in collaboration with artist and writer Constance Del Nero, Ruth offered her first international Writing and Sketching retreat. Under the guidance of Italophile Constance and her Italian husband, Rosario, we stayed in an historic castle, wrote in the hillsides where St. Francis walked, and enjoyed three hour dinners prepared with local greens and regional wines. We artists, some there to paint and sketch, others there to write, were given an “insider’s” view of Italy.
Given the success of this retreat, Ruth and Constance are planning another international retreat for artists and writers. If you are interested, please contact Ruth.
Ruth enjoys developing interesting Writing Retreats that are unique and inspiring. Her local Weekend Retreats frequently meet in Newburyport, Ipswich, and other towns within an hour’s drive from Boston. Twice a year, Ruth offers a getaway for eight students to her favorite Bed and Breakfast on the island of Northhaven, Maine, where students hop a ferry, and have a few quiet days to write, partner up with a fellow writer and share ideas, and meet alone with Ruth for a private editing session. Here’s how the retreats are set up:
After arriving on Friday evening, we share dinner, and each participant introduces themselves, sets their weekend goals, and meets the others. Saturday morning, early risers walk the beach, or meet for coffee and tea. Then, late risers arrive and we share breakfast, and by 9AM, gather in the writing circle. We write a quick warm up together- and then are off to write on our own. The private rooms on the ocean-front inn offer the perfect setting for window-seat-writing and quiet reflection. Each writer will have 10 minutes to receive and give feedback to another writer during the day. We meet for lunch, and then we are off again to write alone, meet with our writing partner, or have a session with Ruth. We all join at 5 PM for wine and cheese, and we begin hearing from a few writers before we share a lovely dinner out. After dinner, we gather to hear work from the writers who have yet to share. Sunday Morning after a great breakfast, writers work for one more hour, completing any last thoughts. We meet at 11, and share one last group reading until 1, and then end the retreat. Some decide to meet for lunch before heading back home.