Testimonials

High Altitude Inspiration: Shadowcliff Lodge, Grand Lake, Colorado

“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.” ~Ryan Stone

“A Flash Fiction Retreat with Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman is the perfect way to refresh one’s writing practice. Inspiring locations, like-minded short-fiction writers, and their hallmark positive feedback style make for a true retreat: Pressure-free, productive, and restorative.” ~Anne Weisgerber

“The Flash Fiction Retreat in Colorado was fantastic fun. I am new to FF and came away full of ideas and insights and new skills. I met wonderous 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

“A retreat in the truest sense, a pull-back from the busy dizzy of our everyday lives and a chance to focus on writing with like-minded people. Gorgeous setting, great food, but most important, wonderful teachers, and great camaraderie. I’d do it again in a lub-dub.” ~Francine Witte

 

Creative Renaissance at Palazzo Forani, Casperia, Italy

Salon Night, Creative Renaissance Retreat, Casperia, Italy

“The writers retreat with Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman was an inspiring, magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience. They are wonderful instructors, writers and mentors with great insight into the craft, as well as the writing life. I also loved meeting people from all over the world who are passionate about writing. I left the retreat feeling re-energized and refocused about my writing. In short, I loved every minute.” ~K.B. Jensen

“Location, location, location? Not only. This experience pulled my writing in new directions and left me with a sense that a retreat can be both demanding of one’s mind and easy on one’s spirit. Kathy and Nancy were inspiring instructors who brought together a talented and generous group of flash fiction-loving writers. Together, they offered guidance that I can continue to draw on each time I take to the page.” ~Charmaine Wilkerson

“Retreating with Kathy and Nancy in Casperia was very special. I learnt such a lot from them both and from all the other great writers in our group, and now I’m ready to take my flash fiction to the next level. ” ~Cath Barton

“Kathy and Nancy’s workshops and one-on-one sessions are invaluable. In addition to excellent instruction sheets, they provided inspiring examples that supported the lessons. Our group dynamic was warm with praise and constructive criticism. Outside of the ‘work’, we had wonderful cultural immersion – at one point almost everyone up to their elbows in pasta making. An unforgettable week in a stunning setting!” ~Marie Gethins

“Every detail was meticulously thought out by Kathy and Nancy to assure an absolutely enchanting experience. A perfect mix of work and fun.  Can’t wait to do it again! ” ~Jayne Martin

“Kathy and Nancy, together with the other participants, helped me discover side roads into the well-worn highway of habit and comfort in my writing, opening up new vistas and possibilities. Free yourself from the tramlines and explore, they cry!” ~Oliver Barton

Writing Wild in Costa Rica

Writing Wild in Costa Rica, 2019

“I will always look back on my “Writing Wild in Costa Rica” experience as a highlight of my life. The setting was over-to-top lovely, the food fantastic, and the inspiration, support, and camaraderie invaluable. I came away with new insights, things to work on, and, best of all, a group of wonderful new friends who will play an important role in my growth as a writer. Kathy and Nancy are in the top tier of flash writers worldwide, and I consider it a great privilege to have learned from them and enjoyed their company. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!” ~Traci Mullins

“My week of “writing wild” at Peace Retreat in Costa Rica ” with Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman was an amazing way to start of 2019. Everything a writer needs to gain confidence and fire up her word machine was provided: time to write, community, useful exercises, mentoring, helpful critiques, encouragement, time for rest and contemplation, time for fun and games, time to reflect and dig deep. Kevin, the host, was charming, the yoga fun, the food, excellent, the location and island architecture, conducive to creativity. Stunning experience.” ~Gay Degani

“The retreat was life-shaking. It was a dream to learn from writers whose stories I’ve read for years. The combination of Kathy’s generative workshops with Nancy’s editing/revising workshops is a great approach. I’m sure Nancy’s class on reading aloud made Salon Night less intimidating for many. We were fortunate to be part of a great group who all did terrific work. Peace Retreat is beautiful, and the staff couldn’t have been nicer. I came away with better writing AND eating habits. Worth every penny.” ~Bill Merklee

“Kathy and Nancy’s Writing Wild in Costa Rica was one of the best experiences I have had as a writer. The classes were very informative with a lot of class participation.They provided a safe atmosphere in which to share our work.The venue was beautiful, peaceful and conducive to writing.I felt relaxed and spoiled the entire week and hated to leave.I went away from the retreat confident and inspired.” ~Laura Alexander

“This retreat EXCEEDED all my expectations. Gorgeous location, perfect weather, delicious food & friendly, accommodating staff. I’m a flash fiction writing newbie and learned so much from everyone. I will carry the knowledge and wonderful memories with me forever!” ~Lucy Merklee

Rendezvous in the Rockies: Breckenridge, Colorado

Our magical visitor
Photo by Chris Bowen

“It was a marvelous retreat with exceptional  camaraderie, classes, a salon night that was entertaining and led to more ideas. There was good food a plenty, and the constant exchange of ideas and venues between both the instructors and the retreaters was valuable for our writing, Breckenridge was a beautiful spot for walks and views of the mountains from our windows. The one on one sessions with both Kathy and Nancy were extremely helpful. Also there was plenty of space to work both inside and out. I feel fortunate to have gotten into this retreat.” ~ Paul Beckman

“Kathy and Nancy create an environment of support, camaraderie, and inclusiveness that not only feeds the creative spirit, but encourages it to come out and play. My fellow writers were an amazing group of loving, generous, and off-the-charts talent. I grew just by being in their presence. Can’t wait to do it all again in Italy next year!” ~Jayne Martin

“Attending a workshop led by Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman in Colorado was marvelous. It’s everything you expect it to be, and whatever your goals—are you looking to generate new work, wish to refine and deepen a piece, focus on putting together a collection of stories, or plan for a new project, for example—this workshop provides the space and support to realize them with an outstanding collaboration in Fish and Stohlman.” ~April Bradley

“I think what sets this retreat apart from others is the level of encouragement and positive energy that is given to the writers. It’s amazing to see instructors and attendees truly appreciate the importance of creative camaraderie and support, and to model that support so beautifully.” ~Jan Saenz

“A wonderful experience to work with “Masters in Flash,” Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman in this unique setting. I met amazing writers, readers, and editors from across the country and am now reenergized and focused on my works in progress. Thank you Kathy and Nancy for taking the time to work with us.” ~Leslie Archibald