The Mountain Muse–A Christian Writer’s Retreat

Our speaker this year is award-winning author Becca Whitham! After boldly telling the Lord that she did not wish to marry a cop, missionary, or a pastor, Becca Whitham promptly fell in love with tall and handsome Nathan who had every intention of working in an office. And you guessed it, he has indeed been a cop, worked for Prison Missionary Fellowship, and pastored a church. Most recently, she went so far as to encourage his mid-life crisis of joining the Army at the ripe young age of forty-six to become a chaplain. As she waved goodbye to their two grown children, Becca not only found new adventures, but the time to put all the stories in her head to the page during Nathan’s year-long first deployment. When she isn’t touring former brothels in Montana, determining where exactly the ice house was located in downtown Helena, or packing/unpacking/repacking her twelve foot by six foot cabinet full of stamps to move wherever the army demands, Becca combines her love of history and romance into stories with both heart and historical depth. Becca has ten published novellas to her name as well as three full-length novels with Kensington Publishing. Learn more about her books, stamping, historical research, packing/unpacking prowess, and army life at https://www.beccawhitham.com

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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 4th (9:00 am) to Sunday October 6th (4:00 pm)

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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 a sub-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, insider writer info, and craft tricks to help us learn and grow, 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 “Telestrations”, “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. We are considering 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 an interesting picture book to share “The Princess and the Cheez-it” and I bet that you do, too.

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For the adventurous writer only!

Yes, you will be sleeping in bunk beds (be sure to bring a sleeping bag or bedding!), 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 4th, 2019

9:00am–Breakfast and Inspiration

10:00am to 1:00pm–Write!

1:00pm to 1:45pm–Lunch and Writerly Chatter!

1:45pm to 6:00pm–Write!

6:00pm to 7:30pm–Dinner, Worship, and Inspiration

7:30pm to 9:00pm–Write!

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

12:00pm–Lights Out

Saturday October 5th, 2019

8:30am–Breakfast, Worship, and Inspiration

9:45am to 1:00pm–Write!

1:00pm to 1:30pm–Lunch

1:45pm to 6:00pm–Write!

6:00pm to 7:30pm–Dinner, Worship, and Q&A with Becca!

7:00pm to 9:00pm–Write!

9:00pm–Possibilities include: Writing Related Board Games, S’mores, and/or Worst of the Worst Contest

12:00pm–Lights Out

Sunday October 6th, 2019

8:30am–Breakfast and Inspiration

9:30am to 1:00pm–Write!

1:00pm to 2:00pm–Lunch and a final chance to ask Becca writing questions!

2:00pm to 4:00pm–Write!

4:00pm–Snack, Coffee, and farewells

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Rules and Regs

  • The main lodge is a quiet writing space 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 “Quiet Zone” moves to the small lodge and the large lodge becomes the place for fun, games, and writerly chatter.
  • If you are interested in a paid critique from an experienced author (10 novellas, 3 full-length novels) who even has an award shaped like a spur (see photo below!)  you are in luck! Becca Whitham is willing to do a paid critique of your first five pages for $20. She is one of those amazing writers who is great with both creativity and all those pesky grammar rules, so a critique from her is especially valuable.

Yes! Winning awards is always fun, but you can tell how excited Becca is to hold up her Spur Award … which is indeed shaped like a real live spur. If needed, she could totally rip that thing off the plaque, hook it onto her boot, and spur a rambunctious horse off into the sunset. Not that she would, but it’s good to know that her spur award is available … just in case!

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