“The Power of Story” ZOOM Retreat

Friday, Feb. 3rd thru Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2023

Mark your calendars now for our annual February retreat!! This event will happen via Zoom on Feb 3-4. Registration is just $15!  We’ll pool our knowledge and share our questions & experience via round-table discussions during sessions Friday night, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon. We will also have chances just to chat and socialize in between sessions, and we’ll be giving out door prizes by random selection – last year’s were fabulous! (Can you donate something for this year’s collection of prizes?)

Questions we plan to focus on include the following:   

1) What kind of stories hold power over us?

Ones we feel compelled to tell our readers–spurs to our creative process.

Ones other people write, aspects of which we internalize for some reason

Ones we hear about the business side of writing – about the market, about what we’re supposed to do, about what we’re NOT supposed to do….about what works and what doesn’t.

Ones about ourselves. Those we tell ourselves (internal), those others tell us (external)  — beliefs that are helpful and/or unhelpful

Other kinds?

2) For each of these types of stories, we can ask:

Where does the story come from? (any story) Who is telling it? Why? And do you trust/believe it? How does it affect you?

If it’s from YOU, what part of you? (internal, and/or internalized?)

If it’s someone else: (external) Reliable and unreliable narrators. Keys to believability.

If it’s someone from the past, do you believe them, or what power or authority do they hold over you to make you believe?

3) How do we harness the power of these stories to our benefit, as healthy people and as writers?

We’re still pulling together our ideas, so any suggestions/additions YOU have are welcome!

This promises to be another wonderful, possibly transformational, retreat! Do not miss out! Register via the form below.

REGISTRATION COSTS $15 for RIRW members and non-members alike, so a real bargain!

The Retreat fun and games begin at 6:30 PM Friday when we will get together for our pizza party (this year, BYO). Our discussion session will begin at 7:30 PM

Saturday’s sessions will begin at 9:30 AM.

Fill out the online form below to register and pay.

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