Sunday, August 21, 2011

Laity Lodge Writer's Retreat


A year ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Laity Lodge Writer’s Retreat, located at the lodge’s property some two hours west of San Antonio in the Texas hill country. I had four workshops from which to choose, and I opted for the poetry workshop taught by poet (and professor at the University of Missouri) Scott Cairns.

It was an extraordinary experience for me. I wrote a total of three blog posts, one about the first day, one about the overnight assignment and one that was a summary and thank you to my fellow workshop participants.

In addition to the workshops, there are general worship, meeting and live entertainment sessions for all retreat participants, and plenty of time for swimming and hiking, which I took full advantage of. The photo above was taken at the summit of the Overlook Trail, about a 40-minute hike from the lodge compound.

And then there was the food. Oh, my goodness, there was the food. The food was the reason why I did as much hiking as I did. I had to.

This year, the writer’s retreat is being held Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 (Thursday through Sunday). Five workshops are scheduled: Me, Myself and God: Spiritual Writing and Memoir in the Light of Faith, taught by Gregory Wolfe, writer-in-residence at Seattle Pacific University; Parable and Play: How to Write Stories Worth Reading More than Once, led by Jeffrey Overstreet, author and film critic; Gold from Straw: Poetry, taught by Julia Kasdorf, English professor and director of the Masters of Fine Arts program at Penn State University; Take and Think: Consuming Art in Order to Make Our Own, led by David Dark, author of Everyday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, The Simpsons and Other Pop Culture Icons; and Songwriting, led by professional songwriters Jill Phillips and Andy Gullahorn.

If you’re looking for a writers’ retreat that will stimulate, encourage and inspire, this is it. More information on fees, location and retreat and workshop specifics can be found at the Laity Lodge web site.

All I can say for myself is, it changed both my writing and my life.

10 comments:

Deidra said...

It was a spectacular experience, wasn't it? I'll be thinking of you all this year as you make the journey to the canyon...and looking forward to the words you'll share when it's over - or maybe the words will mark another beginning....

Megan Willome said...

See you there!

Linda said...

So disappointed that I won't be going. It was such a joy just to spend a few hours with all of you last year. I know it will be wonderful.

David Rupert said...

Glynn. I loved meeting you for the first time last year and look forward to ratcheting up our relationship.

S. Etole said...

What a spectacular view!

JofIndia said...

Enjoy! Because you're worth it..
(Sorry about that. L'Oréal's advertisements reach even as far as India!)

Sandra Heska King said...

This. Sounds. Wonderful.

Patricia said...

oh my...
should I, could I, would I? =) Sounds like a dream come true.

nance marie said...

hopefully next year...

monicasharman said...

Jill Phillips? Glynn, did you say JILL PHILLIPS?!?!?