Rendezvous in the Rockies, Part 2: Summer Camp in Grand Lake!

Did you miss out on our maiden Colorado Flash Fiction Retreat? Never fear! Join us in August 14th – 18th, 2019 for Rendezvous in the Rockies Part 2: Summer Camp in Grand Lake!


How does communing with your fellow writers in a rustic setting in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains sound? How about a chance to clear your mind at high altitude, open your mind to creativity and expansion and take in the “grand” view?

This year Nancy Stohlman and Kathy Fish have chosen beautiful Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge in Grand Lake, Colorado for their summer retreat! Grand Lake is just 1.5 hours north of Denver and is in one of the prettiest areas of Colorado, adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park.

We’ll spend four days and nights with mountain air, lakeside views, skies full of stars and lots of flash fiction. We’ll generate stories, we’ll sculpt stories, we’ll rest, we’ll share, we’ll conference and we will be inspired together in the beauty of late summer in Colorado, under the August meteor showers. We may even spot some wildlife!



We’ll be staying at beautiful Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge, an eco-friendly, non-profit retreat center serving the community for 40 years. From the Shadowcliff website:

“Located in Grand Lake, Colorado, our non-profit lodge and retreat center provides welcoming accommodations where connection to people, place, and contemplation come naturally. We offer a variety of European-style rooms for guests all with stunning lake and/or mountain views. Our distinctly unique feel has been described as reminiscent of summer camp, joyfully warm, and peacefully rustic.”

Please note: Nestled amongst hills and cliffs, the facilities of Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge involve a fair amount of climbing and are unfortunately not easily accessible for those with mobility issues at this time. 


What to expect

An all-inclusive four-day retreat with two group sessions each day (including craft talks, generative writing exercises, workshopping sessions and one-on-one mentoring as well as plenty of inspired individual writing time), three delicious locally-sourced meals per day, sunset group writes and a final evening literary salon in the stunning chapel overlooking the lake. 

All activities/classes are optional and participants can create a schedule that is supportive and nurturing to their process while finding just the right amount of motivation, guidance, and camaraderie. There are plenty of spaces around the grounds for solitude, reflection, and writing time. Hike, rest, birdwatch, take photos, take your notebook down to the brook. Breathe the mountain air. Let Nancy and Kathy “inspire your journey” during this special time in the Rocky Mountains.

We’ll be fed by the Compassionate Kitchen, focusing on local and organic when possible: “Blessed to be within 200 miles of many wonderful farms both along the Front Range and on the Western Slope of Colorado, our Compassionate Kitchen is able to source seasonal, local, and organic veggies, meat, fruit, dairy, honey, and staples such as flour, most of the time.” 

Rempel Lodge Dining Room

AND once again we will be holding the Fbomb Flash Fiction Reading series on Tuesday, August 13, for those who can join us in Denver a day early! (The retreat officially begins Wednesday, Aug 14 and ends Sunday, Aug 18.)

Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman have 25 years of combined experience writing, publishing, and teaching flash fiction, and they are bringing their expertise together for this encore event! Flash fiction uses skills that translate to any genre, and this workshop is perfect for writers with all levels of experience with the form.

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Fees and Accommodations


Our fees are all-inclusive and provide you with:

  • Double occupancy accommodations (with separate beds)
  • All instruction and classes with Kathy and Nancy
  • One-on-one mentoring sessions
  • Three lovingly prepared meals per day

***There will be limited single room options at an upgraded rate (if you’re a person who really needs to room alone, let us know) and all other rooms will be double occupancy and assigned. All restrooms are shared, gender-specific bathrooms and private showers. A great opportunity for friends to bunk down at summer camp together!

Does not include:

  • airfare or transportation to Shadowcliff
  • limited upgrades to private spaces available on a first come basis
  • early day accommodations for August 13 Fbomb Flash Fiction Reading Series

$500 deposit to reserve your space. 

Full refund (minus Paypal fees) before March 1, 2019

50% refund (minus Paypal fees) before April 1, 2019

Balance due by June 1, 2019


***For more info or to reserve a space: Click Here!

We’d love to have you!
Nancy and Kathy
grand lake map 2