Glen Lake: Writing Camp Heaven!
Next Summer Retreat at Glen Lake: June 16-23, 2018
Every June, PW members have the opportunity to attend a week-long writing conference/retreat at Villa Glen, on the shores of Glen Lake. For many members, this is the highlight of the PW experience: writers have opportunities to discuss their craft with others who share their passion, daily small group meetings offer help and support with specific pieces of writing, large group gatherings build camaraderie, and ample time for writing is always provided. Several small, optional craft talks by members are offered throughout the week. And there are many opportunities for informal discussion and activities.
In addition, each conference presents a professional writer as a keynote speaker; back for the 2017 keynote is poet Mary Ann Samyn. In recent years, presentations from Laura Kasischke, Jack Driscoll, Heather Sellers and Gerry LaFemina have stimulated thought and discussion—and writing. Also, each conference ends with a “read-around,” a gathering allowing a chance for everyone to hear a small sample of each writer’s work.
Writers looking for a break from their work will find plenty of opportunities, from swimming or kayaking in Glen Lake itself to campfires and s’mores on the beach. Leelanau County also has more than its share of natural beauty to explore: checking out the view of Glen Lake from Inspiration Point, hiking Pyramid Point for its stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands, taking Pierce Stocking Drive into the National Park, visiting the bluffs at Empire or the remains of the old farming community at Port Oneida – too many opportunities to list here. And for those who want to shop, there are plenty of art galleries, craft shops and independent book sellers.
But lovely as the Leelanau is, for most PW members it is the writing and the conference atmosphere that bring them back to future conferences. We hope you’ll consider joining us.
Note: The Summer Conference/Retreat is always held during the week in June that begins on the Saturday before Father’s Day.