The Mountain Muse–A Christian Writer’s Retreat

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No Time to Write?

What if you take away the internet…the dishes…your homework…your job….

Remove your family (only for a few days)…your friends…your stress and responsibilities….

The Mountain Muse: A Christian Writer’s Retreat

Friday October 6th to Sunday October 8th, 2017.

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If you’re a writer, there is always something to stop you from creating. Dishes, the job, swim meets, or just that inner skeptic who sits on your shoulder insisting that the last sentence you penned isn’t worth the match used to burn it.

I’m inviting you to ignore all that. Just for a few days.

Escape, Renew, Create.

That’s the goal of The Mountain Muse Writer’s Retreat.

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October is the ideal time to get away. The business of summer is complete, school is well under control, and the mountains are absolutely gorgeous with blazing blue skies and fall color lacing the forest.

Situated on an alpine meadow in the middle of Washington State’s beautiful Cascade Mountains, CMBC is the perfect location for an escape from the everyday. Come and join us and let your creative side flourish.

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A rustic retreat in the middle of God’s glorious creation.

The food—Made by our fabulous cooks.

The Setting—Inspiring.

The Price–$115 for the weekend

The Time—All yours.

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Other than gathering at mealtimes for a few inspirational words about various writing topics, the time will be yours to simply write. So pack your notebook of unfinished poems, that novel you haven’t quite finished, or your tenth fantasy tome that is under a shrinking deadline. Drive up the remote mountain road to Camas Meadows Bible Camp. Grab a bagel and a cup of cocoa, find a couch or a quiet spot outside among the falling aspen leaves and gentle sounds of the forest, and simply write, all day long.

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After spending the day in blissful writerly toil, you can meet other writers over an evening snack and a writing-related board game such as “Arabian Knights,” “The Writer’s Tool Box,” “Dixit,” or “Bring Your Own Book.” Yes, you have to bring a book for that game, I intend to play with “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman. Compete for the dubious honor of having created the worst action scene, worst fantasy creature, or absolutely worst kiss of all time in our strange but sure to be hilarious contest. There will be a “Favorite Writing Clothes Fashion Show” so bring your slippers, snuggie, and furry pants…if these are the clothes that inspire you. We will also have time to connect over snacks and tales of failed 400 page novels about vampire ducks saving Santa Clause on his vacation in Bermuda. Perhaps not, but I do have a failed picture book to share “The Christmas Squid” and I bet that you do, too.

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For the adventurous writer only!

Yes, you will be sleeping in bunk beds, walking down twisting dirt paths to the fire pit for s’mores, and quite possibly singing songs with hand motions during our time of worship. Think of all the fabulous research you can achieve by living a few strategic outdoorsy moments. After this experience you will be able to confidently write about a child’s first day at camp, a midnight hike to view the vast expanse of mountain stars, or encountering a terrifying bunny on a remote trail!

So if your writing needs some nature, a little bit of nurture, and a few days of quiet to percolate, come and join us at The Mountain Muse Writer’s Retreat.

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Schedule

Friday October 6th, 2017

8:00am–Breakfast and Inspiration

8:45am to 1:00pm–Write!

1:00pm to 1:45pm–Lunch and Inspiration

1:45pm to 6:00pm–Write!

6:00pm to 7:00pm–Dinner and Inspiration

7:00pm to 9:00pm–Write!

9:00pm–Hike to Inspiration Point, Snack, Board Games and Writing Clothes Fashion Show

12:00pm–Lights Out

Saturday October 7th, 2017

8:00am–Breakfast and Inspiration

8:45am to 1:00pm–Write!

1:00pm to 1:45pm–Lunch and Inspiration

1:45pm to 6:00pm–Write!

6:00pm to 7:00pm–Dinner and Inspiration

7:00pm to 9:00pm–Write!

9:00pm–Writing Related Board Games, Snack, and Worst of the Worst Contest

12:00pm–Lights Out

Sunday October 8th, 2017

8:00am–Breakfast and Inspiration

8:45am to 1:00pm–Write!

1:00pm to 2:00pm–Lunch and Inspiration

2:00pm to 4:00pm–Write!

4:00pm–Snack, Coffee, and farewells

 

Rules and Regs

  • There is will be no talking during the writing sessions so that everyone can get the optimum amount of work done.
  • The small lodge is set aside as a “talking zone.” If you want to chat or bounce some ideas off a friend, this is the place to go.
  • At 9:00pm the “No Talking Zone” moves to the small lodge and the large lodge becomes the place for fun, games, and writerly chatter.