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Men's Writing Retreat  

To register for this program please visit Wide Open Writing.

Wide Open Writing Men's Writing Retreat

A little time to write. We tell ourselves it’s all we want, but man, is it hard to find! Because it’s more than time we need - it’s generous space. It’s the breeze along the surf. Wooded trails leading to cliff’s edge. Conversation over a meal and around a fire. It’s the daily opportunity to write and explore and to share in the mystery of what speaks to us.

We do this with men from around the country and beyond – a random bunch united by one significant fact: we’ve decided to give ourselves an adventure in writing with the support and camaraderie of others. That support includes healthy food, daily options for yoga, tai chi and meditation, as well as hang time, solo time, guided walks, and freedom to wander the island.

We do this playfully, with a light hand, but also a keen ear for the deeper currents that confound and connect us. And isn’t that why we write in the first place?

Yes, writing is a solitary act, but growing as a writer doesn’t have to be. It can be joyous, goofy, profound – delicious, even. Writing with others can send you back to life on shore feeling rejuvenated and eager to face the blank page.

If something stirs when you imagine all this, well, we’d love to have you join us at the Lighthouse Writing Retreat for Men."

Instructor Profiles:

Hughes Kraft is a psychotherapist, writer and Certified Nature Therapy Guide (in training). He has been in private practice for 20+ years, focuses on men in the mid-life transition, runs a men's group and spends terrific time outside. He is excited to have the richness of nature, geologic time, beauty of Maine and a real island as a tool and metaphor to explore writing and the deeper nature of oneself. He builds bridges to connect to writing from the writer within. Through the use of reflective and contemplative writing; guidance in connecting with nature; body movement and having fun along the way Hughes is excited to share space with other men in the effort of writing and wellness.

Dana Yeaton is a playwright, lyricist, and director who teaches writing and oratory at Middlebury College. He is the recipient of the Heideman Award from the Actor's Theatre of Louisville and the "New Voice in American Theatre" award from the William Inge Theatre Festival. His full-length play Mad River Rising received the Moss Hart Award, and his first musical, Swing State, was a featured selection at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Dana was founding director of Vermont Young Playwrights and recently founded Oratory Now, a center for training and research in oral expression at Middlebury College. In his spare time, he is trying to spare some time.

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