Tadpole Press Writing Retreat
March 6-8, 2020
Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center
Colorado Springs, CO
Do you have a story that’s burning inside of you, but you can’t seem to get it out?
Have you always wanted to write, but you never have the time?
Join us for a three-day retreat where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in whatever writing project has been tugging at your heart lately, attend small group presentations by award-winning author and writing coach Amber Byers, expand your writing community, be treated to individual writing coaching breakout sessions, and enjoy a calm, quiet space to reflect and write—all with Glen Eyrie Castle as your inspirational backdrop.
Registration also includes entry into the Tadpole Press Microfiction Contest.
Come find your inspiration! We’ll be waiting for you.
Friday, March 6, 2020
Welcome! This weekend offers you an opportunity to explore your creativity, discover what inspires you, and breathe new life into your writing projects. For those of you staying overnight, plan to check-in anytime after 3:00 p.m. and get yourself settled in. Then we will all meet at 4:30 p.m. for a nature walk along the hiking paths surrounding the castle.
At the end of the hike, we'll convene in the castle dining room for a working dinner where we'll begin to bring your goal for the weekend to life. What is the creative project that is tugging at your heart and mind? Give yourself permission to dream big. Name it, share it, create it.
After you have clarified your goal, we will outline concrete steps that you can put in place to reach that goal. These steps are designed to provide you with a sense of direction and focus for your quiet writing time on Saturday morning.
After dinner, you will have free time to relax, slow down and breathe, reflect, get started on your writing project, or explore any of the castle activities on your own.
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Good morning! Wake up whenever you want and set your own schedule. Saturday morning will provide you with the opportunity to carve out some individual quiet time to write, reflect, or relax. Remember your vision and concrete steps from the night before as you decide how to use this time. This time is a gift to yourself, so craft it in whatever way will be most fulfilling to you.
Eat breakfast and lunch on your own schedule, then rejoin the group at 1:00 p.m. for a presentation about overcoming obstacles in order to tap into your creativity and get your writing moving. This presentation will highlight some of the common obstacles that often plague writers, such as fear, perfectionism, discipline, and self-doubt. In a small group setting, we will identify and discuss the specific obstacles standing in your way and offer strategies to overcome those obstacles and reignite your passion for writing.
Once we've pushed through the obstacles, we will move into our visualization workshop. We will discuss the power of positive thinking and how you can apply that to your writing and life. Building upon the goal you shared Friday night, you will have an opportunity to dig deeper and expand your vision for your chosen project beyond this weekend. This is a chance to unleash your creativity, dream bigger than you've allowed yourself to dream before, and visualize your writing on a whole new level.
Before we wrap up the group presentation for the day, you will have an in-depth opportunity to ask questions about any specific problem areas that are still hanging you up or to share inspiring new revelations.
That evening, we'll head back to the castle dining room for our final group dinner, which will be an opportunity to socialize, relax, and deepen the connections you've made with your fellow writers. After dinner, you will have free time to relax, slow down and breathe, reflect, continue working on your writing project, or explore any of the castle activities on your own.
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Good morning! You have another day with us at the retreat! Just like yesterday, you can wake up whenever you want and set your own schedule. Sunday morning will provide you with the opportunity to carve out some individual quiet time to write, reflect, or relax. Remember the goal that you came into this weekend with and the vision you created yesterday. You can now forge those into concrete steps as you decide how to use this time. This time is a gift to yourself, so craft it in whatever way will be most fulfilling to you.
The only difference from yesterday morning is that you will need to check out by 10:00 a.m. After that time, you are welcome to explore any of the castle activities, browse the bookstore, or continue working on your project at any of the chairs or tables in the coffee shop.
At 1:00 p.m., we will come back together for our final afternoon of presentations. We will start by examining the immense power that writers, editors, and publishers hold in shaping our culture, society, and expectations. Building upon the themes of the visualization workshop from yesterday, we will then discuss how our writing can expand our thinking, show us something new that we have never seen or thought about before, and give us permission to live our lives in dazzling ways.
This presentation will be followed by an opportunity to share an excerpt of the project you have been working on with the group and receive constructive feedback on it. You will also have time to ask specific questions to either the group or Amber directly and be assisted in brainstorming ways to resolve any lingering questions and take your writing to the next level.
Finally, we will end our time together with a celebration where we will announce the winner of the Tadpole Press Microfiction Contest and say our farewells. Plan to conclude by 5:00 p.m., leaving with a renewed sense of purpose, vision, and a plan for how your writing journey will continue.
I was impressed with the sense of community.
Past Retreat Participant
Uplifting. Amber gave of herself and also helped empower us to use our writing to improve the world.
Past Retreat Participant
Individual Writing Coaching Session with Amber Byers
By appointment during the retreat.
Building upon the themes introduced in the presentation about overcoming obstacles, this one-on-one coaching session is designed to focus in on your specific problem areas and allow you to receive individualized support.
As a writing coach, I provide gentle encouragement and professional guidance to reignite your passion for writing, assist with overcoming writing blocks, understand your unique voice in order to motivate you to tell the story that inspires you, provide accountability to meet your writing goals, and recommend additional resources as needed.
Whether you are nearing the end of a large project or still dreaming about taking the first step, this session provides you with an opportunity to strategize your next steps for success.
Amber Byers is an award-winning author, editor, writing coach, and speaker. She is the founder and CEO of Tadpole Press and delights in helping writers rediscover their inspiration and live the lives they’ve always imagined.
Tadpole Press Microfiction Contest
Open only to participants in the March 2020 Tadpole Press Writing Retreat. Submission details to be announced at the retreat.
Writers may submit up to two pieces on any topic.
Pieces will be judged on creativity and how the story captures a new angle, breaks through stereotypes, and expands our beliefs about what’s possible.
Limit of 100 words.
Glen Eyrie Castle
Friday and Saturday nights
Treat yourself to a deluxe suite in the historic Glen Eyrie Castle. Each unique suite features either a king- or queen-size bed and beautifully blends traditional historical architecture with modern comfort. Your private suite contains a desk and chair, allowing for extended opportunities throughout your stay to explore your writing or work on whatever project is calling to be created. More info here.
Glen View Lodge
Friday and Saturday nights
Relax in your own private room in the newly renovated Glen View Lodge, which is about a ten-minute walk across the castle grounds. Each modern, hotel-style room features two queen-size beds and a desk and chair, allowing for extended opportunities throughout your stay to explore your writing or work on whatever project is calling to be created. More info here.
Glen Eyrie Castle and Conference Center is owned by a Christian organization, but it is open to the public and welcomes members of any or no religion. Due to its specialty in creating a calm spiritual retreat center, Glen Eyrie is a phenomenal place to take time away from the normal demands of life, center yourself, find calm and peace, and focus on restoring and rejuvenating yourself while you are here. We look forward to sharing this magnificent experience with you!
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Refund Policy: All payments are final and nonrefundable. Payment plans and a limited number of scholarships are available upon request.