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Are you ready for a Tropical Breakthrough? (TWO SPOTS LEFT)

Have you felt stuck in your writing?
Have you lost your creative spark? 
Are you missing your creative community?

Are you longing for a fresh perspective, an adventure to energize your spirit?
A creative reset that takes your writing to the next level?

Just this once would you like to say yes to yourself and your art

Tropical Breakthrough:
Restore, Renew, and Recommit to Your Writing

in COSTA RICA! 
with Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman

February 4-10, 2022

Dear Friends–

Over the last 18 months we’ve all learned so much about what really matters–family, health, happiness. We’ve learned we can’t take the future for granted. 

And whether you’ve been struggling to create in the face of so much uncertainty or have been flooded with strange new ideas, we’ve also gained a true appreciation for the healing, inspiring, vision-casting power of our art. 

But we are no good to anyone–including our writing–if we don’t first take care of the creative instrument: ourselves.

Join us February 4-10, 2022, as we leave the cold winter behind and journey to our own private jungle sanctuary for a breakthrough week of inspiration, creation, and transformation. 

What if you could take care of yourself, go deep into your writing, and say yes to yourself after this long year?

What if you could work with your colleagues and mentors, taking new risks with your art? 

What if you could hug your writing community again?

And what if you could do all this in beautiful COSTA RICA in the middle of winter?

What if you just need a little jolt of inspiration, some radical self-care, and a little adventure to nourish your creative heart?

Then you are going to want to find out more!

But don’t delay. There are TWO cabinas left and one of them might have your name on it! We will consider applications in the order we receive then, so if this is for you: don’t wait!

We can’t wait to travel with you!

Love,

Nancy and Kathy 


P.S. See you inside.

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Time to reconnect…

Hi friends! It’s been awhile! Are you feeling ready to reconnect and recommit to your writing? To commune with your fellow artists again? Maybe you need a change of scenery, a new perspective. We’ve found just the place for you!

Nancy and I will soon be announcing our exciting new adventure for February, 2022. These retreats sell out quickly! Sign up HERE if you’d like early access / info / registration !

Small green frog on a red leaf.
Photo by Zdeněk Macháček on Unsplash

Yes, I’m interested! Put me on the list for information and early access!

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Fire and Ice: Flash Fiction Retreat in Magical Iceland November 3-7, 2021!

Registration and details coming in April!

Photo by Jonatan Pie on Unsplash

Sign up here to get early notification and access!

We can’t wait to travel with you again!

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Your Final Quarantine Prompt: How Art is Born

Well, friends, I had wanted to offer you all something profound for this last prompt. But as it often does– more so lately–life got in the way. I developed an ocular migraine which made it impossible to read or write. It left me exhausted. Tapped out. Drained. I sat in my tiny basement office with the window facing my backyard and watched the snow fall heavily, weighing down the branches of the freshly leafed out trees. I worried about the destruction a heavy, wet, spring snow might bring them. I thought of how nature sometimes is unpredictable and unwieldy and…terrifying. But this spring snow will melt and soak into the earth and the greenest grass imaginable will emerge from it. There is an artfulness to chaos even when it make us uncomfortable. 

I love this quote by abstract expressionist artist Helen Frankenthaler:

So for today, what if you simply write? Without a word bank or first sentence or situation supplied to you (i.e., “a man and a woman argue in a crowded cafe without saying anything…include a purple chapeau”). Okay, use that if inspires you! But today, I’m granting you permission to write freely, without direction or rules. 

Consider this wisdom from Rebecca Solnit:

Write. There is no substitute. Write what you most passionately want to write, not blogs, posts, tweets or all the disposable bubblewrap in which modern life is cushioned. But start small: write a good sentence, then a good paragraph, and don’t be dreaming about writing the great American novel or what you’ll wear at the awards ceremony because that’s not what writing’s about or how you get there from here. The road is made entirely out of words. Write a lot. Maybe at the outset you’ll be like a toddler—the terrible twos are partly about being frustrated because you’re smarter than your motor skills or your mouth, you want to color the picture, ask for the toy, and you’re bumbling, incoherent and no one gets it, but it’s not only time that gets the kid onward to more sophistication and skill, it’s effort and practice. Write bad stuff because the road to good writing is made out of words and not all of them are well-arranged words.”*

*From “How to Be a Writer: Ten Tips from Rebecca Solnit” in Lit Hub.

I’ve always believed the best “ideas” spring organically from the act of writing itself. So go write. Set a timer for 15 minutes and keep your hand moving across the page. Maybe turn it sideways. Scribble. Write with a crayon. Make a huge, glorious, chaotic mess. 

That’s it, my friends. Nancy and I will keep these prompts here for you to access any time you need them. For now and always, I’m sending you well wishes, strength, and love. ❤