Anne LaBastille Women’s Writing Weekend

Great Camp Sagamore
June 29-July 1, 2018
About. Join a group of like-minded women for a reading and writing retreat. Activities will include writing workshops, reflective paddling, arts-based activities, technical writing and experiential learning, and Adirondack-based readings to contemplate the role of sense of place in nature writing. The Adirondack Center for Writing is pleased to offer this workshop in collaboration with Great Camp Sagamore, an organization that uses the power and beauty of its location and the quality of its programs to foster understanding, care, and respect for nature, people and their critical interdependence. This weekend is dedicated to the memory of Anne LaBastille, whose passion for the Adirondacks led to her writing the landmark series of “Woodswoman” books documenting her experiences and observations of the natural world.
We welcome two presenters for this weekend Dr. Mary Breunig from Brock University in Ontario, Canada and Jessica Hendry Nelson of Vermont. Mary has been published numerous times with writings on Outdoor and Experiential Education, Environmental Education, and Social Justice. Jessica is the acclaimed author of If Only You People Could Follow Directions, and teaches in the MFA in Writing and Publishing Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Registration. $340 (ALL-INCLUSIVE)

Includes 2 nights lodging, all meals, workshop sessions and supplies.

Or Call to Register: 315-354-5311 x1021 (May-Oct)

Weekend Schedule. Download the weekend schedule.

Friday, June 29
4:00 pm Check-In begins at the Office (Collins Building)
6:30-7:15 pm Dinner (Dining Hall)
7:30 pm Introductions and Orientation (Playhouse)
Intro to the Writing Weekend
Social and free time to follow.

Saturday, June 30
8:00 am Breakfast (Dining Hall)
9:30-11:30 am Welcome Exercise
Overview of Writing with a view toward “Significant Sensory Details”
Prompt/Guided Exercise

12:00-12:45 pm Lunch (Dining Hall)
1:00-4:00 pm Paddle and Reflections/Writings upon Place-Based Readings
(Dillard & Oliver)

4:00-6:00 pm Free Time! Write, read, or enjoy the lake and trails!
6:00-6:45 pm Dinner (Dining Hall)
7:15-10:15 pm Feedback Sessions – Two break out sessions (1.5 hours/each)– 6 individuals per session

Sunday, July 1
8:00-8:45 am Breakfast (Dining Hall)
8:45-9:30 am Be sure to check out of your rooms so you can attend the next session!
Check out time is 10:00 am – after the reading session begins.
9:30-11:30 am Student Readings.
Be prepared to read something you generated over the weekend.
11:30 am Final Farewells!

About the presenters.

Jessica Hendry Nelson is the author of the memoir-in-essays If Only You People Could Follow Directions (Counterpoint Press), which was selected as a best debut book by the Indies Introduce New Voices program, the Indies Next List by the American Booksellers’ Association, named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Review, received starred reviews in Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly, and reviewed nationally in print and on NPR—including twice in (O) Oprah Magazine. It was also a finalist for the Vermont Book Award.Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Prairie Schooner, Tin House, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Carolina Quarterly, Columbia Journal, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, Drunken Boat and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA Program in Writing and Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, the MFA Program at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Champlain College, and serves as the Managing & Nonfiction editor of Green Mountains Review. She lives in Vermont. More about Jessica at her website.

Mary  Breunig is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University and the Director of the Brock University Social Justice and Equity Studies Program. She has worked in the field(s) of experiential education for over 25 years and is currently past-president of the Association for Experiential Education. Her research interests include outdoor and environmental education within the K-12 schools (Ontario), experiential education and social justice; critical pedagogy and Freirean praxis both in and out of the classroom; wilderness trips and psychological sense of community. She is both an outdoor enthusiast and an urban flannel. More about Mary at her website.

4 thoughts on “Anne LaBastille Women’s Writing Weekend

  1. I would definitely love to do this but this year I am already booked for a yoga retreat. Is this a yearly event?
    Jackie Beattie


  2. Interested, but have a few questions. My husband is an artist and we were thinking he could room with me and do some painting while I did the retreat – is that possible?


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