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Winter Writers' Retreat

The Program

The Winter Writers' Retreat program is an intensive eight-day writers group designed for the generation of new material in a rapid, retreat-like environment.  Each Retreat includes 5-6 writers who gather in six sessions over eight days to share work-in-progress.  Writers read each other’s work aloud with two actors present to help support the reading process. Sessions are led by two facilitators, who moderate conversation and questions about the work at the discretion of each writer.

The Impact

The WWR process is designed as a resource for writers who wish to generate a first draft of new work, or substantially rewrite a particular project, in a very short amount of time.  Going back and revisiting material from day to day is discouraged; the retreat process has historically been most effective as an environment where writers are encouraged to push through and generate brand new pages for each session, toward a new or substantially reworked draft.

The Selection Process

Participants are selected from Lark’s active community of current and former playwright fellows, through an annual application process.  Applications are accepted by invitation only.

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