High Altitude Inspiration in the Great American West (August 19-23, 2020)

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Travel to the Great American West, the spirit of which has always attracted the bold and pioneering, the dream seekers among us. It is a place that has inspired artists and writers for decades. Give yourself the gift of a creative reset, four nights in the Rocky Mountains where you will achieve new heights, commune with fellow writers, and take your writing to the next level.

“The Flash Fiction Retreat in Colorado was fantastic fun. I am new to flash fiction and came away full of ideas and insights and new skills. I met wondrous writers in a welcoming group in a gorgeous setting.  And Kathy Fish & Nancy Stohlman each gave insights into this playful genre.  I came away with new work and with inspiration.” ~Barbara Greenstein


Join Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman in Grand Lake, Colorado, for their 3rd annual summer flash fiction retreat in the beautiful, rustic American West and second year in Grand Lake. Grand Lake is less than 2 hours north of Denver and is in one of the prettiest areas of Colorado, adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Grand Lake is a quintessential mountain town in the famous American Rocky Mountains, complete with a deep, trout filled lake and surrounded by towering pines and majestic peaks. Gather with the hummingbirds at our secluded vantage point in the clouds. Walk one direction and end up on the rugged trails of Rocky Mountain National Park. Walk less than a mile in the other direction down the hill and drink some local Colorado whiskey or a microbrew in the cowboy-reminiscent historic mountain town. Listen for the old-fashioned dinner bell announcing delicious, healthy meals.

The Sessions

This one-of-a-kind retreat, thoughtfully designed by Nancy Stohlman and Kathy Fish, is aimed at both skill-building and creative innovation. In fun and fast-paced generative sessions that complement and build upon each other, you’ll be writing from a whole new vantage point, creating fresh new work that surprises you with its beauty, depth, and originality.

You will also get 50 minutes of one-on-one time to talk about your work, talk about publishing, get some revision advice on a piece or pieces: whatever is the most useful for you. We have also built in plenty of down time in between sessions to unplug, listen to nature, sleep and eat extra, and commune deeply with your work, and retreat participants can create a schedule that is supportive and nurturing to their process while finding just the right amount of motivation, guidance, and camaraderie. Click here to receive more information or to reserve your spot!


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Reserve your spot now in this innovative retreat and give yourself the gift of:

  • 9 hours of facilitated instruction / generative sessions
  • Daily free write sessions
  • 50 minutes of one-on-one consultations (25 min. each) with Nancy & Kathy
  • Three delicious, healthy, locally sourced meals each day
  • Plenty of down time for writing, restoration, rest, hiking, walking, stargazing
  • A Salon Night reading & celebration on our final night together

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From last summer’s participant, Ryan Stone: “This retreat provided such a great learning experience with innovative lessons from some of the industry’s finest writers in a beautiful setting, and surrounded by a supportive bunch of friendly, like-minded people. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will remember fondly.” Read more testimonials here. 


photo by Ryan Stone
We’d love to have you!
Nancy and Kathy
Special thanks to Jeffrey Spahr-Summers for letting us his gorgeous pictures! Check out his full gallery at: https://jeffreyspahrsummers.com/