Description of Class
How to Register
You can choose to stay overnight on the Ragdale grounds, or just come for the programming and meals. Rooms are assigned randomly. A small number of Ragdale rooms are en suite (you can reserve for an additional $100 fee), and some rooms share a bathroom with just one or two other writers. They are broken down in to different price ranges. We can guarantee that all rooms have that special Ragdale spirit!
- I want to stay overnight in an en suite room with a private bathroom ($785) WAITLISTED
- I want to stay overnight on the Ragdale campus in the “Barnhouse,” sharing a bathroom is fine with me ($685) WAITLISTED
- I want to stay overnight on the Ragdale campus in the “Friends Studio,” sharing a bathroom is fine, and I don’t mind climbing some stairs ($650) WAITLISTED
- I’ll come in each day for programming and meals ($510)
Ragdale and StoryStudio Chicago are pleased to announce an exceptional writing retreat this summer with author and Columbia College instructor Patricia Ann McNair at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois, a spectacular setting that offers the best of nature and architecture.
For over 100 years, Ragdale has provided the time and space for artists and writers to delve deeply into creative endeavors, and today it has a tangible energy that feeds your work from the moment you arrive.
“One of the unique features of Ragdale is its unbroken continuity as a center for art and creativity. It has been, without interruption, the home of artists.” – Arthur Miller, in the Introduction to Ragdale: A History and Guide by Alice Hayes and Susan Moon.
Writing in the Wonder
Anything can make me stop and look and wonder, and sometimes learn.
–Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle.
In line with Story Studio’s mission “question, explore, and celebrate,” this year’s retreat will focus on the wonder of our discoveries on the page. Guided writing activities and readings will encourage writers to explore the paths not yet taken in our works-in-progress, as well as discover new content and ways of telling. The process-based daily workshops are designed for writers of all levels of skill and experience, and will emphasize generating work through creative practice and study of literary models. We will celebrate the work on the page with participant readings and lively conversation over Chef Linda’s lovingly prepared meals.
In addition to scheduled programming, we’ll take advantage of the winding paths, secluded benches, and fifty acres of pristine prairie. The history of Ragdale, the unique setting, and the spirit of so many writers who have written in these spaces before are sure to inspire us all. This retreat will offer everyone the opportunity to stop and look and wonder, and sometimes learn.
Special note: Writers will use handwritten notebooks or journals in workshop sessions; computers may be used outside of workshop.Top