Writing Retreat

Friday,Feb. 5 – Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021

Join us for the RIRW Retreat 2021! The Retreat will take place via ZOOM from Friday evening, Feb. 5 to Saturday night, Feb. 6th.

The retreat speaker will be Heidi Johnson:

Experiencing Difference as Writers

Heidi will lead us in an experiential learning process, that will transform our thinking regarding those who are different from us. To do so, Heidi asks that you come prepared to share an experience when you recall feeling different or judged. Reflect back on your lifetime. Through a journey we take in ourselves, we will find a deepened understanding of others. The lens through which we view the world will be widened, and this will elevate and enrich our writing. Think about when Dorothy Gale stepped from her black and white world into the color of Oz. This may feel like such a transformative experience!

The program’s centerpiece is a video that documents an exercise designed by a third-grade schoolteacher in Iowa named Jane Elliott. Jane introduced it to her students the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. She learned that the children could experience and feel what it was like to be discriminated against simply by having to wear collars she made. We will see the power of what she started that day, which made Elliott famous, appearing with Johnny Car-son, Oprah, and even Jimmy Fallon recently.

Our speaker, Heidi John-son, has worked in the field of Human Resources for 24 years, and has a wealth of experience interacting with peo-ple from all walks of life. She feels that the highlight of her career was doing diversity training for 10 branches of the YMCA of Greater Providence. Heidi doesn’t like the term “diversity training.” She sees the program they used as one that elicits enlightened understanding of people’s differ-ences, and a bonding of participants.

In additon to the program described above, we are excited to offer most of our “usual activities” –from the Friday night pizza party (this year, it’s bring your own) and writing prompts and brainstorming sessions, to some scheduled “free writing time,” and socializing Saturday night. The Retreat’s fun and games begin at 6:00 PM Friday when we’ll get together for our pizza party.

The first workshop starts at 9:00 AM Saturday.

Lunch will be served in your own kitchen c. 12:30.

There will be an afternoon workshop.

The Traditional Saturday Night Surprise Event will begin at 7:30 (after self-hosted dinner).

REGISTRATION COSTS $20 FOR RIRW MEMBERS and $25 for non-members. [Any RIRW member wishing to attend for whom the registration fee may prove a hardship this extraordinary year, please contact a member of the board confidentially for a waiver.]

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