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2017 Lost Lake Writers Retreat

October 5 - 8, 2017
Lost Lake Woods Club

The site of the retreat is a private resort in Alcona County, between Lake Huron and Hubbard Lake.
The lodge at Lost Lake Woods Club overlooks a small lake bordered by forest.
The 12 students and two teachers at the 2015 test event gathered for a group photo.
In 2016's first Lost Lake Writers Retreat, thirty-seven students attended, along with six instructors,John D. Lamb, who directed the three-day event.

The 2017 Lost Lake Writers Retreat features a staff who live or have lived in Michigan. The retreat will be directed by John D. Lamb of Springfed Arts, another 501(c)3 nonprofit that has held weekly writing classes in the metro Detroit area for two decades. Teachers this year include poet and songwriter Wyn Cooper, poet Jack Ridl, mystery writer Craig Holden, memoir writer Anne-Marie Oomen, author and songwriter Whit Hill, and nonfiction writer Maureen Dunphy

The schedule below gives the detailed plan, but the summary is that the retreat will begin with an appetizers, wine and beer party at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 5.  Friday and Saturday will be learning and writing time. Sunday we'll all gather for a farewell brunch, followed by a final reading by participants. By midafternoon Sunday, students will be able to head for home. 

Participant options run from tuition only to a package that includes a private room, breakfast and lunch Friday and Saturday, and all the retreat events. Check prices through the How to Enroll page button below.

As part of the third annual Lake Huron Discovery Tour, which runs Friday through Monday of the same weekend, Inspiration Alcona and other groups plan to host events nearby, so there will be things to do if you want to bring a spouse or the whole family. See the details about these other events through the website as the date grows nearer. Information about the Discovery Tour will grow throughout the year as other groups make their plans.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

3 pm-midnight: Check-in - Pick up room key 

8 pm-10pm: Wine, beer & appetizers reception

Friday, October 6, 2017

7:30 am-9:30 am: Breakfast (Sign up for Open Read and Conferences)

9:30 am-9:50 am: Orientation

10 am-11 am: Two Morning Summits (discussions and weekend writing prompt): 
Poets meet with Jack Ridl: "Surprises Along the Way, Part 1"
Prose writers meet with Maureen Dunphy: "Inception: Floating"

11:15 am-12:15 pm: "Michigan Memoir" with Anne-Marie Oomen

12:30 pm-2 pm: Lunch

2 pm-2:45 pm: "Michigan Noir" with Craig Holden

3:00 pm-5:30 pm: Conferences (20-minute one-on-ones) and Writing Time

6 pm: Dinner on your own

7:30 pm-8:15 pm: Readings by Maureen Dunphy, Anne-Marie Oomen and Jack Ridl

8:30 pm-9:30 pm: Attendees Open Read

Saturday, October 7, 2017

7:30 am-9:30 am: Breakfast (Sign up for Open Read)

10 am-11 am: Two Morning Summits (continued): 
Poets meet with Jack Ridl: "Surprises Along the Way, Part 2"
Prose writers meet with Maureen Dunphy: "Inception: Diving"

11:15 am-12:15 pm: "Words and Music" with Wyn Cooper

12:30 pm-2 pm: Lunch

2-2:45 pm: "Music and Words" with Whit Hill

2:50 pm: Group photo

3 pm-4 pm: Panel talk: "Michigan: A Muse or Merely Amusing" with all the staff

4 pm-5:30 pm: Writing & Hiking Time

6 pm: Dinner on your own

7:30 pm-8:15 pm: Readings by Whit Hill, Wyn Cooper and Craig Holden

8:30 pm-9:30 pm: Attendees Open Read

9:30-midnight: Social Time

Sunday, October 8, 2017

8:30 am-10 am: Brunch

10 am-12 pm: Assignment Circle Presentations

3 pm: Checkout

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