July 13 – 15, 2012
ANANDA COLLEGE WRITERS RETREAT is dedicated to providing professional and emerging literary artists with TIME and SPACE for creative practice and work. Writers are provided with opportunities to interface formally and informally with other writers, instructors, and agents in a serene forested environment.
Registration is open to writers working in a number of genres including (but not limited to): fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, literary journalism, personal essay, prose, and creative non-fiction.
ANANDA COLLEGE WRITERS RESIDENCY GRANT
All Writer’s Retreat participants will be eligible for the Ananda College Writers Residency Grant that provides up to 7 residency days (3 days minimum, summer or winter) at the Meditation Retreat in one of our beautiful cabins. Residency Grants are awarded by an adjudication process. [See Ananda College Writers Residency Grant for details].
The Ananda Writer’s Retreat is an ideal place for writers looking for solitude and inspiration. Free of distractions and interruptions, you will have time, place, and opportunity to focus deeply on your writing. There is an art room, meditation temple, garden, and hiking trails for quiet contemplative walks.
The Ananda Writer’s Retreat will be held on the campus of Ananda College located on 80 pristine acres in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California in Nevada City, CA. The Retreat sits on a mountain hilltop that once was sacred ceremonial grounds for the Maidu Indians and is only a short distance away from the areas where prospectors converged from all corners of the world during the California Gold Rush years. We are located 2 hours north of Sacramento, 1.5 hrs. from Lake Tahoe, and 2 hours southwest of Reno.
WHEN – July 13 – 15, 2012
The Writers Retreat is 3 days and 2 nights of writing, workshops, formal and informal interactions with other writers, and personal consultations. The retreat will include a guest speaker (Literary Agent/ Author) and an honored guest speaker (noted author). Program cost (see below) includes lodging, tuition, and 3 delicious vegetarian meals daily. Fee does not include transportation to the Retreat. Space and availability is limited. Please register early.
Participants will also receive a FREE e-book
Cabins and bungalows all comfortably furnished have beautiful views of the forest and gardens. 3 delicious vegetarian meals daily in large dining room. Cabins accommodate 3-5 persons (bath, shower, kitchen, meditation room, sleeping loft). Bungalows accommodate 2 persons; shower house nearby.
The cost of the Ananda College Writers Retreat includes accommodations (double occupancy), tuition, and 3 meals/daily. Transportation to the retreat is not included.
Bungalow $325, Single Supplement $75.00
Payment Method Below
Guest Speaker: Verna Dreisbach, Literary Agent
* Schedule is subject to change
ANANDA COLLEGE WRITERS RETREAT CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Writing In Nature (Yehling) – The geography of place, or environment, is one of the central relationships we form and sustain as working writers. The more we write our relationship with nature, the more we attune to our own inner rhythms. Immerse in the homelands of the Maidu and Nisean Indians, John Muir and Gary Snyder for this special afternoon workshop in which narrative, poetry, metaphor and the rhythms of place come together.
Marrying the Personal and Observational (Yehling) – The key to strong first-person narrative, whether fiction or non-fiction, is to form a direct personal relationship with what you observe. In this workshop, we will take observation to a deeper place through discussion, exercises and specific tools that enable you to write narrative that connects deeply, sells articles and books — and creates “A-Ha!” moments for yourself and readers alike.
Focused Writing Workshop (Rasheed) – This workshop provides a supportive forum for writers working in any genre who want to share their work(s)-in-progress with other writers for recommendations and constructive feedback. If possible, writers bring copies of their work to receive written notes and commentary.
Writing, Editing, and Publishing Your Work(Dreishbach/Yehling/Rasheed) – The professional writer is also a business person. This discussion group is designed to help writers identify resources and develop strategies that maximize publishing opportunities, exposure and sales. Discussion will also include social networking and publishing platforms.
Nefretete Rasheed, Ph.D., educator, writer, and performing artist, is a graduate of New York University. She has an MFA in Literature and Creative Writing and was mentored by poets Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, Alfred Corn, and J.D. McClatchy. Her work has appeared in a number of arts and literary journals and she has received poetry, writing, and theater awards from the Academy of American Poets, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Princess Grace Foundation, District of Columbia Arts and Humanities, and the Geraldine Dodge Foundation. She was invited as a U.S. poet to participate in a reading tour for the Soviet Writers’ Union and toured Europe, Africa, and Australia as a performing artist and director. She also worked for a number of years as an Associate Director (Literary & Dramatic Arts) for the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York. Dr. Rasheed co-authored Theater in Action, a text book for McGraw Hill and has served as the literary and poetry evaluator for many East Coast arts councils and organizations. As a member of the New York Author’s Guild and featured reader for many Dodge Foundation writers’ festivals, she has conducted numerous poetry workshops and seminars throughout New York and New Jersey. Dr. Rasheed also taught Theater, Playwriting, Poetry and Creative Writing at Rutgers University (NJ) and the College of Westbury (NY).
Robert Yehling has presented workshops on creativity, fiction, memoir, narrative non-fiction, poetry and the business of writing to professional and working writers ages 8 to 94 at retreats and conferences throughout the nation. A regular presenter at the Society of Southwestern Authors and Southern California Writers Conferences, he is the author of five books, four poetry-essay collections and ghostwriter of seven others. Titles include the Independent Publishers Book Award-winning Writes of Life: Using Personal Experiences in Everything You Write and Full Flight, which he co-wrote with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane. He also was a primary ghostwriter for George Lucas’ Blockbusting. In addition to his book credits, Bob has been a journalist since 1976, winning national awards in five categories — newspaper, magazine, non-fiction book writing, poetry, and website content development. He has edited 125 books, and has helped more than 100 authors find publishers, literary agents and develop their marketing and promotional platforms. Bob teaches writing, poetry, social media and online communication at Ananda College of Living Wisdom.
Verna Dreisbach, keynote speaker and presenter, of Dreisbach Literary Management, is an agent, writer and educator. Verna is the Founder and President of Capitol City Young Writers, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and mentoring of aspiring young writers in junior high and high school. She graduated magna cum laude from Sacramento State University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English. She has a taught publishing and writing courses through the University of California Davis Extension and is currently teaching college-level English courses in Sacramento, California. She is the editor of Why We Ride: Women Writers on the Horses in their Lives, published by Seal Press. Through her agency, Verna represents both fiction and non-fiction authors with a particular interest in books with a political, economic or social context. She represents a variety of fiction writers including commercial, literary and young adult. With over 13 years as a police officer, Verna also has a genuine interest in the genres of mystery, thriller and true crime. She does not represent fantasy, sci-fi, horror, screenplays, Christian or children’s books. Verna is an AAR Member.
POST CONFERENCE PROFESSIONAL WRITING SERVICES
Coaching – $100 individual session, $50 each for 3 or more sessions
Editing – available for all types of manuscripts, $45/hour
Self-Guided Retreat Kits – When you can’t get away for a retreat, give yourself or a friend the gift of creative solitude. Bring the magic of a writing retreat to yourself or others. The Retreat Kit includes: a journal; instructional book The Write Time; an e-book; and a coaching call. Allow yourself a few hours or an entire day for your self-guided retreat. Your coaching call will help you stay inspired and move you along in your writing process to stay focused and on target.
$50 Kit only / $120 kit + coaching
WARNING!! Do not use any web-based or computer mapping programs. Doing so will result in a bit of a wild ride. Please use our directions below.
BY CAR – The Ananda College of Living Wisdom is approximately 110 min. from Sacramento and about two hours and twenty minutes from Reno.
From Sacramento: Take I-80 east to the town of Auburn, then Highway 49 north to Grass Valley/Nevada City (turn left onto Hwy 49 after you exit I-80). Stay on Hwy 49 through Grass Valley and Nevada City. At the end of Nevada City, Hwy 49 turns left. Turn at the large sign which says “49 to Downieville”. 10.5 miles after that left turn, look for a brown State Park sign that says “Malakoff Diggins”. There, you will turn right onto Tyler Foote Road. After driving for about 4.7 miles on Tyler Foote Road, you will see the large “Ananda Village” sign on the left. Continue on Tyler Foote Road past this sign for another 3.0 miles.
Look for a bright yellow “curves ahead” sign, followed by a bright yellow “school crossing” sign. Make a right turn immediately after these signs onto Jackass Flats Rd. Follow this gravel road for 2.2 miles, keeping to the right at the fork. Turn left up the hill at the small brown “Ananda” sign that is low to the ground (there is also a sign which says “Macnab Cypress Road”). Continue 0.6 miles up the hill to the main parking area past the sign for the Ananda College of Living Wisdom. After you park your car and walk through the gate, the office is in a small dome to your left.
From Reno (two hours & 20 minutes): Take I-80 west to Hwy 20, then Hwy 20 west for about 30 minutes to Hwy 49. Turn right on Hwy 49 toward Downieville, and follow directions above.
From the Northwest: Take I-5 south to Williams, Calif., then Hwy 20 east to Grass Valley, where Hwy 20 joins Hwy 49. Take Hwy 49/20 north to Nevada City and follow directions above.
BY AIR, BUS OR TRAIN – Fly into Sacramento or Reno, or take an Amtrak train & bus to Nevada City. Call the Super Shuttle (Blue Van), (530)-432-3235, in advance for shuttle service to and from the Ananda College of Living Wisdom. Be sure to mention that you are going to the Ananda Retreat that is 5 miles beyond the Expanding Light Retreat and Ananda Village. Round-trip shuttle costs “subject to change” are approximately $165 ($100 one way) from Sacramento and $75 ($45 one way) from Nevada City. From Reno, it’s approximately $210 for a one-way shuttle! If you are able to, we strongly recommend car rentals. In advance, rentals may be obtained for as low as $20/day.