Guest Post from Suzanne Kingsbury ~ Wild Words Writing Retreats!

Dede Cummings and Suzanne Kingsbury in Rhode Island at the first annual Wild Words Writers' Retreat—the ocean is in the background, the Narragansett Bay.
Dede Cummings and Suzanne Kingsbury in Rhode Island at the first annual Wild Words Writers’ Retreat—the ocean is in the background, the Narragansett Bay.

The most exciting event is happening this weekend. Dede Cummings, literary agent, founder of Green Writers’ Press and historically one of the best book designers in publishing happens to have an enchanting, fairy-like house on the sea. The most perfect place for a one-of-a-kind writing retreat. A splendid, magical, sprawling house on the Rhode Island coast. Two years ago, she said to me: Let’s have a writing retreat at my house in Rhode Island! And a match was made in absolute heaven. Here’s the deal: I help people get their incredible books to the point of publication. Dede rings up a couple of her closest friends in publishing and makes book deals. Together? We set the writing world on fire. And we are running off this weekend for four days of wild writing with nine beautiful women who hurried to sign up so fast we were full almost as soon as we posted!! Think On Golden Pond with writing in the mix, organic food and candlelit readings around the fire, a group of nine new soul sisters, clear access to the creative spark, book dreams coming true and hours to write plus some tears and laughter. This year we have on staff the incredibly powerful Margie Pivar—founder of the Shiatsu school in southern Vermont and author of Fourth Uncle in the Mountain. Margie is going to massage each writer so the body begins to associate writing with bliss. We are going to cook for them, hear their dreams; we are going to sleep writing and wake up writing and we will leave each other Sunday filled and replenished, energized and excited and downright drunk with the written word. I wish all the writers I know could just squeeze into the attic suite with me and stay up until the wee hours talking about the wild act of putting words on a blank page. But I will tell you ALL about it when I emerge. And there will be another retreat with Dede in February at her splendid house in Vermont (see next post). For now, I am going to hop the highway to the lights of my life about to set some words on fire. Love love love love love. ~ SK


Don’t despair!!!! If you missed the Second Annual Wild Words Pond House Retreat this October with literary agent extraordinaire Dede Cummings and me, we are setting up a literary feast for you in Vermont. A winter wonderland of writing writing writing. The very last weekend in February a small group of writers will gather at Dede’s light-filled house in West Brattleboro, Vermont. This is a weekend of exploding creativity, exploration of craft, moving toward your epiphany, starting the book, working on the book, finishing the book. This is a weekend where you will be nurtured, supported and given the tools and the Yes! you need to burst into the limelight with your writing. Think: sauna bliss, massage from acclaimed Shiatsu magician Margie Pivar, home cooked organic Vermont food, candlelit readings, cozying up and gathering around a roaring fireplace to share your words. Dede is an incredible hostess, who just gets on the phone and calls big places like HBO and Random House and gets people book deals and when we have writers’ retreats?


Magic happens. This is about connection and productivity and making our writing dreams come alive. You will hear about the incredible power of your work, you will learn to lean into your strengths; you will take with you the energy of sweet writing soul sisters (and maybe some brothers!) who will cheerlead you on your writing journey. Come along with us. You deserve this weekend of pampering your muse and you never (never!) know what can happen when you surrender and romp into those writerly wildernesses that the creative gods put in your path. Let me know if you need details on dates and cost and where will you sleep and what will you eat and how in the world do you sign up here: I can’t wait to see you there!!!!!! ~SK

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