The Real Purpose of a Writing Retreat Goes Beyond Just Writing
If you’re looking for an amazing writing retreat in the Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia or D.C. area, you’re in luck. Innovative Editing and author Lia Mack are sponsoring The Genuine Writer’s Retreat 2019 in beautiful, inspiring, downright delicious Annapolis.
It’s being held at Gibson’s Lodgings of Annapolis, a bed and breakfast worth talking about. The plot's origins go all the way back to 1681, and while it’s had plenty of modern updates since then, it still retains an old-world charm that’s hard to beat.
As for the writing retreat itself, it features precisely what it did at last year’s event… scrumptious food, great accommodations, wonderful company and plenty of time, space and encouragement to write.
Sound amazing? It will be.
But before you sign up, let’s make sure you know what a writing retreat really is and what it’s meant to do.
That might seem like a stupid statement or perhaps even a gimmick, but it’s far from either. This is about making sure that, regardless of the Writing Retreat you choose, you get the most out of your decision.
What to Know About Writing Retreats
Writing retreats are hardly a dime a dozen, but there are quite a few to select from based on your preferences and price points.
You could look for writing retreats in Maryland or in Iceland. You could specify that they be up in the mountains or out at the beach. And you could make it a full week event or a weekend getaway.
Location and duration aside though, unless you’re making it a one-person affair, most writing retreats do come down to the same basic, tempting description:
The real world is filled with distractions, distractions and more distractions
from working toward your writing goals. That’s why writing retreats exist.
They’re meant to offer you time and space away from the responsibilities,
time-consuming diversions and flat-out excuses that are keeping you from
making progress on your poetry, short stories, novel or nonfiction work.
Relaxing environments… Encouraging instructions… Fellow writers surrounding you…
What’s not to love?
The answer to that question would be the price point, of course. Some of these getaways are a couple thousand dollars depending on who’s giving them and where they’re being given.
For the record, that’s not the case for The Genuine Writing Retreat. With plenty of parking at Gibson’s Lodgings, all your event meals included and presentations free for whatever writers want to attend, it’s still only a maximum of $500 per attendee.
Also for the record, that’s about as low as you’re going to get for a quality, expenses-included writing retreat – in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, D.C…. or really anywhere else.
What to Expect From Writing Retreats (in Maryland or Elsewhere)
Wherever you go for your writing retreat and however much you pay, you need to expect to leave encouraged. If you don’t leave encouraged, you didn’t get your money’s worth.
The relaxing environments and fellow writers surrounding you are supposed to be perks of attending. They’re not necessarily the main dish though, particularly for anyone who struggles with writing insecurities.
Which, we all do to some degree.
Some of us handle them better than others. Some of us are more practiced at our craft and therefore less prone to doubting ourselves.
But every single one of us still has our moments where that little voice in the back (or front) of our book-writing brains tells us we really shouldn’t bother.
Writing retreats like The Genuine Writer’s Retreat 2019 are designed to tell that little voice where to go and what to do with itself. In no uncertain terms.
And they do that in amazing places filled with remarkable potential. Like Annapolis, Maryland.
If you’ve never been there before, trust me. It’s more than worth a visit.