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Whistler Writers Festival launching new one-day retreats

The One-Day Writing Retreats are set to take place on March 26, April 30, May 28, and June 25 at The Point Artist-Run Centre.
The Point Artist-Run Centre will host four one-day writing retreats this spring and summer.

Looking for an opportunity to focus on that novel?

The Whistler Writers Festival has decided to offer four sessions of its One-Day Writing Retreat this year, set to take place on March 26, April 30, May 28, and June 25 at The Point Artist-Run Centre.

“These four retreats are an incredible chance to take a day and focus on your creativity and writing in a way that can be hard if you’re sitting in your home glued to your desk and surrounded by distractions,” said Rebecca Wood Barrett, Whistler Writers Festival artistic director, in a release. “At the retreat, you’re surrounded by mountains and a glacial lake, and other writers who are also committed to taking some time to work on their craft. It’s an opportunity to absorb the environment, which does so much to inspire wonder and connection to your writing.”

Each session kicks off with a meet-and-greet during which participants can share their goals and more about their projects. After, writers can find a quiet spot to work before the group reconvenes for a potluck lunch and further discuss their projects—including troubleshooting.

The June 25 session, meanwhile, will include a one-hour mindfulness workshop with Nicola Bentley. That “mini workshop”—involving guided meditation and visualization exercises—aims to “help writers use mindful awareness as a tool to reconnect to their senses and powers of observation so that they can add more richness and nuance to their writing and storytelling,” according to the release.

Retreats are open to writers at any stage of their career. The cost is $40 per session and participants can sign up for more than one session.

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