The Hollowdeck Writer’s Guild on the East Coast

100_2539The Hollowdeck Writer’s Guild on the East Coast

is a community of multi-genre writers that meets at various sites outside Baltimore, Maryland and other sites on the East Coast. The Guild exists to provide support for working writers in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, D.C., and Pennsylvania area. In a series of working weekends throughout the year we gather to reconnect, discuss our work, write together and offer one another constructive, useful, honest and skillful feedback. We are a supportive, fun-loving, non-competitive community. We are committed to using the full range of our intelligence and creativity to help one another move the work forward, and to help each author keep their practice active. We believe in feedback, not in opinion, and that laughter and mutual respect are the lifeblood of our community.

Annual November Beach Writing Retreat Weekend in Fenwick Island, DEL

November 9-12, 2018 Magic, Memory & Momentum

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This annual Writing Retreat Weekend will be held at the shore in Delaware, hosted at a private house in the Fenwick Island area. We will, as always, check in on on-going projects and reading/writing news. But this weekend is also a chance to try some innovative, fun, low-key writing exercises designed to get each writer moving deeper into their own practice. What comes easily to you as a writer? Where do you get stuck or stopped? Together we will discuss the life cycle of a text; from the magic of ideas to the way that memory and lived experience can inspire and inform a text, to the momentum required to edit, shape, finish and publish one.
 
Fenwick Island, DEL is a few hours away from the Baltimore/ Washington area, a short drive from Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach and Ocean City. The schedule is designed to give folks time to drive down to the beach on either Thursday night or on Friday morning, and to leave time for them to finish the Retreat and return home by Sunday evening. Writers usually stay in rental apartments, cottages or houses in the Fenwick Island/ Rehobeth Beach/ Bethany Beach / Ocean City area.
The tuition for this weekend retreat is $450 for the weekend. You can pay with check made out Max Regan, and sent to 1006 Grandview Ave. Boulder, CO 80302 or you can pay by credit card. There is a Pay Pal link on the bottom of the home page of this site. Please type into the text box “DEL Retreat Deposit” or “DEL Retreat Tuition”  A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due at registration, for more detailed information about the Annual Beach Writing Retreat in Fenwick Island DEL, click here

Regular Maryland Writing Weekends

2019 WEEKEND CLASS DATES TBA

IMG_1530These Friday through Sunday writing weekends are generally held in the Spring and Summer of each year in Baltimore County.The Friday Retreat is designed to allow writers to begin their writing weekend with a quiet day dedicated to reconnecting with their work. We gather at at noon and lay our our writing plans for the day. What do you want to work on? As we go around the circle Max will set each writer up with some customized exercises and experiments. Once we each have a plan for the day writers will be free to grab their writing supplies and choose a quiet place of their own to do their work. Writers will work on their own until about 4:30pm when we will gather again to discuss what we got done and to read to each other if we choose. The Friday Retreat class runs 12-6pm and tuition is $125 for the day. You are welcome to attend the Friday Retreat on its own, or to use it as a start to your Saturday/Sunday Workshop and make it a whole weekend of writing.

The Weekend Workshop runs Saturday and Sunday, from 1-6pm. In this weekend workshop we will continue our on-going work of talking and writing together, generating new ideas, investigating new themes and calling our most passionate work up to the surface of our lives. These sessions give us the chance to recommit to ourselves as writers and find ways to go deeper into our writing practice, whether we are working with memory, observation or imagination. Through conversation, in-class exercises, laughter and silence, we will experiment with a range of forms to get started in finding (or finding our way back) to our lives as writers. The goal is to dive headlong into the ecstatic business of writing and to begin a writing practice that is deeply connected to the lives we already lead.

Tuition is $125 for each day, $375 for the whole 3-day weekend.

We would love to have you join us, but please make sure the class dates and deadlines work for you before you register: A $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon Registration, which holds your place in the class.

To register please drop Max an email at hollowdeckpress@mac.com. Registration is limited. Location TBA. New students will receive driving directions and information on local accommodations and B&Bs that are close to the location for the weekend classes.

These weekend sessions are open to writers of any ability or genre. They offer the opportunity for on-going students to check-in and continue to pursue the projects they have underway, as well as welcoming new students into our community. Together we learn build skills, patterns and partnerships that sustain our work as writers. Join us as we each recommit to our writing practice and set up substantial and manageable goals for the year.

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For East Coast area writers who have specific books, concerns, ideas, manuscripts or projects Max will be available for a limited number of 1hr private sessions on Saturday and Sunday before and after the weekend classes. This is a chance to review work, talk about a specific project, get in-depth feedback and/or strategize about how to keep going. To see more go to our Coaching and Editing page.