2018 Lost Lake Writers Retreat

October 4 - 7, 2018
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.
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The 2018 Lost Lake Writers 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 are poets Cecilia Woloch, Kathleen McGookey and Jack Ridl, novelists Jacquelyn Mitchard and Michael Zadoorian, and singer-songwriter Emily Rose. Click on the buttons below to learn more about each of these writers.

Cecilia WolochKathleen McGookeyJack RidlJacquelyn MitchardMichael ZadoorianEmily Rose

The  retreat will begin with an appetizers, wine and beer party at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 4. 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. Your tuition includes all of these. By midafternoon Sunday, students will be able to head for home. See the schedule below for details of the weekend.

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. 

2018 Schedule

Thursday, October 4, 2018
3pm - Midnight                Check-in - Pick up room key and name tag
8pm – 10pm                   Wine, beer & appetizers reception

Friday, October 5, 2018
7:30am – 9:30am            Breakfast (Sign up for Open Read and Conferences)
9:30am – 9:50am            Orientation
10am - 11am                  Approaching the First Person I in the Seventies– Jack Ridl
11:15am – 12:15pm        Writing About the Seventies – Michael Zadoorian    
12:30pm – 2pm               Lunch
2pm – 2:45pm               Get Radical – Cecilia Woloch
3:00pm – 5:30pm           Conferences & Writing Time (20-minute one-on-ones)
6pm                               Dinner on your own
7:30pm – 8:15pm           Readings: Kathleen McGookey, Michael Zadoorian, Jack Ridl
8:30pm – 9:30pm           Attendees Open Read

Saturday, October 6, 2018
7:30am – 9:30am           Breakfast (sign up for Open Read)
10am – 11am                 Free the Verse – Kathleen McGookey
11:15am – 12:15pm       Finish the Book – Jacquelyn Mitchard    
12:30pm – 2pm             Lunch
2pm – 2:45pm               Free the Song – Emily Rose
2:50pm                         Group photo
3pm – 4pm                    Panel talk: Literature and Film of the Seventies
w/McGookey, Mitchard, Ridl, Rose, Woloch and Zadoorian.
Facilitator: John D. Lamb
4pm - 5:30pm               Writing & Hiking Time
6pm                             Dinner on your own
7:30pm – 8:15pm         Readings: Emily Rose, Cecilia Woloch, Jacquelyn Mitchard
8:30pm – 9:30pm         Attendees Open Read
9:30 – Midnight             Social Time

Sunday, October 7, 2018

8:30am – 10am            Brunch
10am – 12pm               Assignment Presentations
3pm                            Check out

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