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Pat Schneider Ontario Writing Retreat Autumn 2013

 

Pat’s 2012 Retreat was fully booked within 2 days of confirming the details. Pat has just agreed to come back to Ontario in Autumn 2013

 

October 20-25th

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity!
Limited to 12 participants. .

The wisest teacher of writing I know.
Peter Elbow author of Writing Without Teachers, (from the foreword of Pat’s Writing Alone and with Others)

 

Honesty is creative oxygen.
Generosity is creative fire.
Pat Schneider is a fuse lighter. Her work is gentle, playful,
brilliant, and revolutionary.

Julia Cameron author of The Artist’s Way

 
 
 

To visit Pat’s website, click HERE.
 
In May of 2011 Pat Schneider led a five day retreat/writing workshop on the shores of Lake Simcoe in the beautiful Loretto MaryHolme Retreat Centre. (Loretto Maryholme Centre)

Inkslingers is thrilled to announce that Pat will be returning in fall of 2013 from the evening of October 20th to after lunch on October 25th. This retreat will consist of writing with Pat for four hours every morning. The rest of the day is given over to each retreatant continuing to write, read, relax, walk, meditate or whatever needs to be done to support your writer’s soul, in community with other writers.

A manuscript may be sent ahead of time for one on one consultation with AWA facilitator Sue Reynolds who will be aiding and supporting Pat during the retreat.

To register for Pat’s Ontario retreat, please fill out the contact form below. As soon as the details have been confirmed as to venue, we will contact you to pay a deposit of $500.

 

 

 

 

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Time: 10:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012
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Place: Seneca College, Markham Campus
Cost: $110.00
……….(95.00 for WCDR members and affiliates plus HST
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Everyone who needs to stay in touch with clients needs a web presence. In the book world today, publishers expect authors to be actively involved in marketing themselves and their books. Enterprising authors have even used the power of the internet to promote upcoming publications, a practice beautifully exemplified by author Terry Fallis before his first novel release, Best Laid Plans.

Managing your own website and blog enables you to promote awareness of your business, writing projects, provide the details of your publishing history, and maintain connection to your existing and future readers. A WordPress Blog Site is one of the most economical ways to make the best use of the communication technology available today.

Especially in the case of a first book, your delivery of a professional look and an assertive stance towards promotion could be the turning point in attracting the interest of a top agent or landing a book deal.

WordpressA WordPress blog allows a writer to post his or her thoughts on the Internet easily and begin an interactive relationship with readers.

During this workshop, each participant will sign up for a free WordPress blog and use it to practice creating a basic website.

Participants will begin with some top-down thinking such as:

  • How will this blog clearly express your talents and goals?
  • How do you make your site more visible and attractive?
  • Why are Themes so important in design and what vital aspects need to be considered?
  • At what point (if at all) will you want to transfer from a free blog-based site to your own URL? (e.g., www.piquantproductions.ca vs. www.piquantproductions.wordpress.ca )

We will follow this up with some practical, hands-on work such as:

  • Creating categories, posts, pages and links
  • Selecting a theme or look for the site
  • Adding images and video
  • Managing comments made by visitors to your site
  • Changing the order of a post by using the date stamp
  • Learning how to set the visibility level of a post – private, password protected or public

Please note these prerequisites: Participants must bring a laptop with wireless capability. Seneca College will supply participants with guest wireless access during the workshop, but computers will not be provided.

Instructors:

James DewarSue ReynoldsJames Dewar and Sue Reynolds both started their respective presences on the Internet five years ago with free WordPress sites under the tutelage of the incomparable Webmaster Rich Helms. Today they run a thriving freelance writing and web design business managing more than 30 sites. Passionate about the possibilities and flexibility that WordPress offers beginners, they recommend its simplicity and affordability to authors establishing a communication link to the world.

Click the appropriate button to pay with Credit Card or on PayPal: (Please note – registration is limited to 18 people. Prepayment is a requirement to hold your place. To make arrangements to prepay by cheque, contact James and Sue through the contact page.)

[quickshop:Wordpress for Beginners for WCDR and Affiliated Members:price:107.35:end]$95.00 + HST ($12.35) WordPress For Beginners Workshop for WCDR members and Affiliates, SEB and OSEB members

A Week of Summer Writing Retreat on Lake Simcoe

June 22nd – 29th, 2012

What could you create in seven uninterrupted days of writing on the shores of Lake Simcoe?

Following on the great success of our 2011 Writing Retreats, we will be offering two more retreats in 2012 for you to find out how much writing you can get done using our unique format!

Inkslingers returns to the Loretto MaryHolme Retreat Centre (Only an hour from Toronto) for seven days. maryholme0506 004

Each day you will have the entire morning in silence to write.

Each day you will also have the opportunity to submit work to the facilitators for same-day feedback.

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Some evenings you will have the opportunity to write in community with other writers.

Some days you may choose to offer gentle feedback to others in the group.

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And EVERY day you make the decision to support yourself as a writer in whatever way you need the most!

The objective is to leave the retreat exhilarated with what you have accomplished as a writer and inspired to write more.


Both facilitators have extensive experience as writers, editors and educators:
They are experienced freelance non-fiction writers and editors.
Their A Novel Approach year-long workshops attest to a refined expertise in fiction and memoir feedback.
James has been editing and publishing Canadian poetry for seven years.
Sue is an award winning novelist.

Please visit the About section to learn more about the level of feedback you can expect.

Chef Deb

And if having 7 glorious summer days to write, receive feedback and share the writer’s journey isn’t enough incentive, you will be nourished by the signature sumptuous meals of Chef Deborah A. Rankine!

To learn more about the culinary expertise of Chef Deb,
please visit:
www.thefridgewhisperer.com







The InkSlingers’ Writing Retreat Location:
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Loretto Maryholme is a spirituality centre, a ministry of the Canadian Loretto Sisters with a special focus on the areas of justice, education, and spirituality. Located at Roches Point on a hilltop overlooking Lake Simcoe, this glorious 1870’s historic family estate offers a place to rest and renew yourself.

As you travel down the lane of tall pines and spirea to the spectacular lake view you can feel yourself relaxing into that mindset that inspires great writing.



Slideshow of Retreat Centre
To see a slideshow of images from the Retreat Centre, click here.

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Please note that although the Centre is owned and operated by the Canadian Loretto Sisters, they do not reside on the premises and will not be attending the retreats.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

June 22nd – 29th, 2012

Registration Fees:

ALL ROOMS ARE SINGLE OCCUPANCY.
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ARRANGEMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AT REDUCED RATES.
PLEASE CONTACT US FOR DETAILS.

$1,850. (sales tax of $213. included)
 

 
Registration fees cover all tuition, meals and accommodations.
 

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To register, please fill out the form below and when you hit “Submit” you will be taken to a PayPal page to pay your registration fee. Your spot is not reserved until Inkslingers has received your payment.

A $100 discount will be deducted from the final payment for all Writers’ Community of Durham Region (and affiliate) members. Please advise us at the time of your registration.

 

Cancellation Policy:
After June 3rd, no refunds will be available, although, if the retreat is sold out, fully paid retreatants may transfer their fee to those on the waiting list, or another person if there is no waiting list.

Pat Schneider Writing Retreat – April 22 to 27, 2012

This Retreat was FULLY BOOKED in 2 days!
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If you would like to be put on our contact list
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The wisest teacher of writing I know.
Peter Elbow author of Writing Without Teachers, (from the foreword of Pat’s Writing Alone and with Others)

 

Honesty is creative oxygen.
Generosity is creative fire.
Pat Schneider is a fuse lighter. Her work is gentle, playful,
brilliant, and revolutionary.

Julia Cameron author of The Artist’s Way

To visit Pat’s website, click HERE.

In May of 2011 Pat Schneider led a five day retreat/writing workshop on the shores of Lake Simcoe in the beautiful Loretto MaryHolme Retreat Centre. (Loretto Maryholme Centre) She was so delighted with our writing community and this beautiful location she has agreed to return in the Spring of 2012.

The retreat will consist of writing with Pat for four hours every morning. The rest of the day is given over to each retreatant continuing to write, read, relax, swim, walk, meditate in the labyrinth or whatever needs to be done to support your writer’s soul, in community with other writers.

Chef Deb

And as if receiving feedback on your writing from Pat wasn’t fabulous in itself, the retreatants will be nourished by the signature sumptuous meals of Chef Deborah A. Rankine!

To learn more about the culinary expertise of Chef Deb,
please visit:
www.thefridgewhisperer.com

The Pat Schneider Writing Retreat Location:

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Loretto Maryholme is a spirituality centre, a ministry of the Canadian Loretto Sisters with a special focus on the areas of justice, education, and spirituality. Located at Roches Point on a hilltop overlooking Lake Simcoe, this glorious 1870’s historic family estate offers a place to rest and renew yourself.

As you travel down the lane of tall pines and spirea to the spectacular lake view you can feel yourself relaxing into that mindset that inspires great writing.lmh-27aug08-129
Dates: April 22nd to April 27, 2012

Registration Fees:

$1950 (includes HST) for single occupancy ($100 discount for WCDR members and affiliates).

$1750 (includes HST) for double occupancy (double spaces are limited) ($100 discount for WCDR members and affiliates).

Registration fees cover all tuition, meals and accomodation.

Payment schedule:
To save your spot, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required at the time of every registration.

To register, please fill out the form below and when you hit “Submit” you will be taken to a PayPal page to pay your $500 deposit.  Your spot is not reserved until Inkslingers has received your deposit.

 

Please Note: Pat’s 2012 retreat is now full. If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please fill out the registration below. Last year we did have one spot open up.

Cancellation Policy:
For a cancellation requested up to and including February 28, 2012, all but the deposit is refundable. After February 28, no refunds will be available, although, if the retreat is sold out, fully paid retreatants may transfer their fee to another person.

Please note that although the Centre is owned and operated by the Canadian Loretto Sisters, they do not reside on the premises and will not be attending the retreats.

7 Day Summer Writing Retreat

July 4th to 10th

What could you create in seven uninterrupted days of writing on the shores of Lake Simcoe?

In July 2011 you have the chance to find out.

Inkslingers returns to the Loretto MaryHolme Retreat Centre (Only an hour from Toronto) for seven days. Each day you will have the entire morning in silence to write.

maryholme0506 004
Each day you will also have the opportunity to submit work to the facilitators for same-day feedback.


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Some evenings you will have the opportunity to write in community with other writers.







Some days you may choose to offer gentle feedback to others in the group.

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Some evenings you may decide to participate in creating SoulCollage® cards.




And EVERY day you make the decision to support yourself as a writer in whatever way you need the most!

The objective is to leave the retreat exhilarated with what you have accomplished as a writer.




Chef Deb


And if having 7 glorious summer days to write, receive feedback and share the writer’s journey isn’t enough incentive, you will be nourished by the signature sumptuous meals of Chef Deborah A. Rankine!

To learn more about the culinary expertise of Chef Deb,
please visit:
www.thefridgewhisperer.com





The InkSlingers’ Writing Retreat Location:
maryholme0506 006
Loretto Maryholme is a spirituality centre, a ministry of the Canadian Loretto Sisters with a special focus on the areas of justice, education, and spirituality. Located at Roches Point on a hilltop overlooking Lake Simcoe, this glorious 1870’s historic family estate offers a place to rest and renew yourself.


As you travel down the lane of tall pines and spirea to the spectacular lake view you can feel yourself relaxing into that mindset that inspires great writing.lmh-27aug08-129


Dates: July 4th to July 10th, 2011



Registration Fees:


Earlybird Fee:

$1195 + HST
(If booked up to and including April 30th, 2011)
[quickshop:Early Bird price for Inkslingers July Retreat:price:1350.35:end] $1195 + HST = $1350.35 (double occupancy)

PLEASE NOTE that a 5% Discount applies for WCDR and other affiliate members
[quickshop:WCDR member Early Bird price for Inkslingers July Retreat:price:1282.83:end] WCDR Member Earlybird rate for Inkslingers July Retreat$1135.25 + HST = $1282.83(double occupancy)



If booked March 1, 2011 or afterwards:


[quickshop:Regular rate for Inkslingers July Retreat:price:1576.35:end] $1395.00 + HST = $1576.35 (double occupancy)

PLEASE NOTE that a 5% Discount applies for WCDR and other affiliate members
[quickshop:WCDR member Regular rate for Inkslingers July Retreat:price:1497.53:end] WCDR Member Regular Rate for Inkslingers July Retreat $1325.25 + HST = $1497.53(double occupancy)

Registration fees cover all tuition, meals and double accommodation.
The retreat site is spacious. The bedrooms are beautiful. The extensive grounds, gardens, shoreline, common rooms and enormous sun porches provide many private locations to curl up in and write.

If you prefer single accomodation, there is a $350 surcharge.
[quickshop:Single occupancy surcharge:price:350:end] $350 single occupancy surcharge

Payment schedule:
To save your spot, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required at the time of every registration.

[quickshop:Deposit for Inkslingers July retreat:price:500:end] $500 Cdn. deposit for Inkslingers July retreat
To take full advantage of our earlybird fee structure, 50% of the registration fee must be paid by April 30th, 2011.

The entire registration fee must be paid in full by June 4th, 2011 (30 days before the retreat).

Cancellation Policy:
For a cancellation requested up to and including June 4th, all but the deposit is refundable. After June 4th, no refunds will be available, although, if the retreat is sold out, fully paid retreatants may transfer their fee to another person.

Please note that although the Centre is owned and operated by the Canadian Loretto Sisters, they do not reside on the premises and will not be attending the retreats.

Writers’ Sanctuary Dates January to June 2012

As a mother of a young child I used to dream of having a place I could go to periodically to write. Not for too long – there was too much going on at home. But a day now and then – a few hours to devote to my poor book that so often got shunted to one side because of all the other demands of my life.

And then, as it has a habit of doing, life changed. My beautiful boy got older, I moved into this cozy space in the woods full of bookshelves, a fireplace, a kitchen where the coffee pot is always ready to pour a cup or two, and a yard where the wildlife parades past the windows and serenades day and night (everything from blue jays and chickadees, juncos and nuthatches, to wild turkeys, deer, a weasel, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, wolves, and – just a couple of times in the spring – a black bear).

It’s a magical space and I realized I could share it with other writers and make those creative days I had once dreamed of happen, for myself and for other members of the writing tribe.

And so, Writers’ Sanctuary Sundays were born.

At a Sanctuary Sunday, we begin at 10:00 a.m. Writers are welcome to arrive a few minutes early to settle in, grab a coffee or tea, and muffin or some fruit and chat with the others.

The morning is spent doing a series of on-the-spot timed writing exercises to stretch those stiff writing muscles and get the creative writer in you feeling more relaxed, focused and perhaps even a little experimental.

After the delicious lunch (provided) the afternoons are spent in silent communion with other writers, working either on a computer or by hand on whatever project is preoccupying you as a writer these days. If you don’t have a laptop but want to work on a keyboard, you will be provided with a computer. Your Word file can be emailed to you at the end of the day.

Uplands is in a peaceful rural location, so you are also welcome to go out for a walk on quiet country lanes if you need a break. There’s even a couch or two if you need your afternoon nap for half an hour to wake up refreshed and ready to write some more!

Writing is over at 4:45 p.m. for those who need to get home, but if you wish to stay, there will be an opportunity to sit a while longer, to share some of what you’ve been working on and to debrief, discuss issues of craft, etc.

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Space is limited.

Place: Uplands – 10 km west of Port Perry, 10 km southeast of Uxbridge.
Dates from September 2011 to June 2012:

For Fall 2011:

Saturday, October 15
Sunday, October 16
Sunday, November 6
Saturday November 19
Sunday, December 4th


For Winter/Spring 2012:

Sunday, January 8
Saturday, January 21
Sunday, February 5
Sunday, March 4
Sunday, March 25
Sunday, April 15
Sunday, May 6
Saturday, May 19
Sunday, June 3
Saturday, June 16

Cost: $65. per Sanctuary, lunch included.
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[quickshop:Payment for Sanctuary:price:65:end] $65.00 Payment for each Sanctuary date from September 2011 to June 2012

Please Note: Because Sanctuary dates are so popular, and because the group is limited in size, your registration is not confirmed until payment is received. If you prefer not to use Paypal, you can pay by cheque. The mailing address is:

Sue Reynolds
GoForWords,
13240 Mast Road,
Port Perry, ON
L9L 1B5

SOULCOLLAGE: In October 2010 Sue was certified as a SoulCollage® facilitator Click here to read more.

To read what one participant wrote about the Sanctuary experience, please click here.

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