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Keep The Fire Burning:

A Writer's Retreat At Glen Eyrie

In The Heart of Every Writer, A Fire Burns.

Whether it is a spark of an idea, the kindling of a perfectly designed plot, or the crackling and twisted flames of multi-dimensional characters, an author strives to heat up every page. So what do you do when the flames die to a small flicker?

The Glen Eyrie Writers Retreat and Conference is built to rekindle those flames. Whether you are just starting out or working on perfecting your manuscript, this conference will revitalize that set-aside work and recharge your creative spirit to help you reach the next level of your craft.

Experience fellowship with other writers while you learn from the experience and mentorship of seasoned professionals. Take in the red peaks of Glen Eyrie while you assess your writing skills and goals. Leave feeling equipped and empowered to tackle that work you’ve longed to finish.

 This is your moment. Whether you’re thinking about writing again, trying to kickstart a new career, or putting pen to page for the first time, you’re welcome to join us around the fire.

 

**If you’d like to come earlier or stay after your retreat dates, lodging is available at a Programs discounted rate. Please call our reservations line at 719-265-7050 for details.

Workshop Topics Include

  • Ratchet Up Your Writing With These Two Tools
  • The Tree-Hugging Four-Star General
  • The Muddy Middle
  • Strong Starts – and Finishes
  • Telling Children the Truth
  • The Hero’s Journey: How to Plot Using the Tried and True Method
  • Writing From A Christian Worldview Without Getting Preachy
  • What You Can’t Learn From a Workshop
  • Characters That Play With Fire

To make a reservation by phone, please call our reservations line at 719-265-7050

Event Registration for the Writer's Retreat

  • Price is before tax
  • This is a conference attender who will not stay overnight. The meeting space is in the Carriage House, meals are in the Castle Dining Room.
  • This price includes 6 meals and all conference materials. Breakfasts are not included without an overnight stay.

Standard Lodge Room - Single Occupancy

$660

  • Price is before tax
  • Price assumes 1 person in the hotel room 
  • These are standard lodge rooms with 2 queen beds in our Big Horn or Oaks Lodge, a 3-5 minute walk from the Castle, 5-7 minutes from the Carriage House. The meeting space is in the Carriage House, meals are in the Castle Dining Room.
  • This price includes 3 nights’ lodging, 9 meals and all conference materials

Standard Lodge Room - Double Occupancy

$934

  • Price is before tax
  • Price assumes two people in the hotel room (Divided by 2 = $467 for each person)
  • These are standard lodge rooms with 2 queen beds in our Big Horn or Oaks Lodge, a 3-5 minute walk from the Castle. The meeting space is in the Carriage House, meals are in the Castle Dining Room.
  • This price includes 3 nights’ lodging, 9 meals and all conference materials for 2 people
  • Pricing is available for triple and quadruple occupancy, call our reservations line at 719-265-7050

Premier Lodge Room

$871

  • Price is before tax
  • Price assumes 1 person in the hotel room
  • These are King bed rooms in our Eagle’s Nest or Pink House Lodges, a 3-5 minute walk from the Castle. The meeting space is in the Carriage House, meals are in the Castle Dining Room.
  • This price includes 3 nights’ lodging, 9 meals and all conference materials
  • Pricing is available for double occupancy, call our reservations line at 719-265-7050

Retreat Leaders

Tim Shoemaker

Tim Shoemaker is the author of sixteen traditionally published books, two self-published books, and is a popular speaker at conferences around the country. Code of Silence, book one of his contemporary suspense series, earned him a spot on the Booklist Online “Top Ten Crime Novels for Youth” list.  Escape From the Everglades, his latest novel, nearly got him killed. You do not want him planning your research trip.  Tim has a passionate style of teaching that makes the workshop enjoyable and helps make even difficult topics clear. If you want to strengthen your writing, Tim will help show you how to do it. Happily married for over forty years, Tim has three grown sons and daughter-in-laws, can’t get enough of his grandkids—and still loves doing volunteer youth work.

Kathleen Kerr

Kathleen Kerr is an editor, writer, and speaker. As an acquisitions editor for the adult nonfiction division at Harvest House Publishers, she acquires projects in a number of categories—from Christian living and spiritual growth to devotionals and women’s issues. Kathleen works with debut, bestselling, and award-winning authors, helping to refine their messages, build their careers, and partner in their ministries. She’s always on the lookout for bold new voices to minister to those who need the healing message of Christ. 

A graduate of Calvin College, Kathleen speaks regularly at conferences around the country, but she loves to come home to her family in the Pacific Northwest. In the company of her husband and two daughters, she can usually be found camping, reading, and creating chaos in the kitchen. She attends and serves Emmaus Lutheran Church in Eugene, Oregon.

Loretta Oakes

With five titles published in both traditional and self-published arenas, Loretta Oakes has weathered the many tides of publishing over the last 20 years.  A one-time student, then organizer, and currently a one-on-one coach for the Glen Eyrie Writer’s retreat, Loretta has been at the Glen for over 12 years.  With Nancy Rue as her mentor, Loretta has gained knowledge on the inner workings of a great story which she now passes on to aspiring authors.  From character development to fixing the muddy middle, Loretta helps writers find their voice and delve into their stories. She answers questions about all artistic aspects of their work in progress.

FAQs

Payment for Glen Eyrie Programs is required at time of reservation using a major credit card. Reservations canceled more than 14 days before the event will receive a 90% refund.  Cancellations within 2 weeks of the scheduled event will be refunded 50% via a Glen Eyrie gift card.  No refunds will be issued within 72 hours of the start of the event. 

We are following all El Paso County guidelines regarding health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge guests who are not feeling well to not attend the event. For guests not fully vaccinated, we recommend face masks, but they are not required for any guests or staff at this time. To see our current COVID-19 statement, visit https://gleneyrie.org/covid-19-response/

Please dress comfortably and casually for the retreat. You can anticipate doing lots of walking, as our meals are in the Castle and lodging and meeting rooms are in other buildings. Please pack layers to prepare for our ever-changing Colorado weather. Our property is over 700 acres and contains 8 miles of private hiking trails, so be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes.

We can accommodate the following four special diets with advance notice: Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan or Vegetarian meals. Please make a note in your reservation if you need one of these.

To make a reservation by phone please call 719-265-7050

I highly recommend the Writers Conference at Glen Eyrie. From enjoyable conversations with other writers, to exploring the beautiful grounds of Glen Eyrie during free time, this inspirational conference gave me the tools and confidence to write and publish my first inspirational novel in 2019. I will be attending again this year…. I’d love to meet you!
- Margie W
2019 Retreat Attendee
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