2019 Lost Lake Writers Retreat

October 10 - 13, 2019
Lost Lake Woods Club

The lodge at Lost Lake Woods Club overlooks a small lake bordered by forest.
The skies rained on photo day, so the group photo was made inside the lodge.
Jacquelyn Mitchard's talk was titled "Finish the Book."
Detroit singer-songwriter not only lectured but demonstrated her writing techniques.
Writers gathered for each lecture.

The 2019 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 more than two decades. Teachers are poets Cecilia Woloch, Dorianne Laux and Robert Fanning, novelists Irina Reyn and Michael Zadoorian, and singer-songwriter Allison Downey. Click on the buttons below the tentative schedule to learn more about each instructor.

The  retreat will begin with an appetizers, wine and beer party at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 10. 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

The 2019 schedule is not set, but it should be similar.

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                  Author talk
11:15am – 12:15pm        Author talk    
12:30pm – 2pm               Lunch
2pm – 2:45pm               Author talk
3:00pm – 5:30pm           Conferences & Writing Time (20-minute one-on-ones)
6pm                               Dinner on your own
7:30pm – 8:15pm           Instructor readings
8:30pm – 9:30pm           Attendees Open Read

Saturday, October 6, 2018
7:30am – 9:30am           Breakfast (sign up for Open Read)
10am – 11am                 Author talk
11:15am – 12:15pm       Author talk    
12:30pm – 2pm             Lunch
2pm – 2:45pm               Author talk
2:50pm                         Group photo
3pm – 4pm                    Panel discussion facilitated by John D. Lamb
4pm - 5:30pm               Writing & Hiking Time
6pm                             Dinner on your own
7:30pm – 8:15pm         Instructor readings
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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