Annual Intensives + Retreats

Annual Writing Intensives and Retreats

Annual Writing Intensives and Retreats offer working writers an immersive, connected experience of diving into their work. Classes in both large and small groups are held over a number of consecutive days, providing daily structure, ideas, feedback, support and accountability. Some retreats and intensives are centered around themes and some are centered around writing goals or techniques or stages of development. Currently all intensives and retreats are taught on-line and are open to any interested writer.

IMG_2631Annual November 4-Day Writing Retreat

November 13-16, 2020

taught by Zoom

Hollowdeck has always offered a 4-day weekend writing retreat in the quiet of the small Atlantic beach town of Fenwick Island Delaware in November of each year. The beach is always empty in the early winter and the Delaware coast has been a beautiful quiet spot for our East Coast Writing community to dig down into some writing together. Writers have stayed in rental houses or apts in the Fenwick/Rehoboth/Bethany Beach area and met for daily classes in a beautiful beach house overlooking the sound.

However, in this time of constrained travel when it is not yet safe to gather and meet in person for classes and events, we have chosen to move this Retreat on-line and to offer it in a virtual format, taught on the Zoom platform. Of course it won’t be exactly the same as gathering together in the wind and waves of the beach, but it is still an amazing chance to gather our community of writers and dive deep to explore our theme and get some work done. Since this event has limited spots available, please contact Max to see if there are seats left.

Theme for November 2020 Retreat: Lost and Found

In this 4-day class we will check in on on-going projects and reading/writing news. But we will also 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?

In 2019 our themes were Magic, Mapping and Mythology. This year our theme is Lost and Found.
It seems that 2020 is both the “lost” year, a year in which our rhythms and patterns, our beliefs and expectations have been lost, changed or upended. But it is also, in a strange way, the year of being “found”, as we reconnect with ourselves, our writing, our projects, our work, our world, our health and our relationships in new and urgent ways. Together we will examine beliefs, memories and stories of being lost and found, looking at how those themes and ideas intersect with the Drafting Process for writers and where we find those themes in the books and stories that surround us. We will also expand on some key ideas articulated by the extraordinary writer Rebecca Solnit in her book A Field Guide to Getting Lost, where she encourages writers to “Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from.” Together, as poets and non-fiction writers/ memoirists and fiction writers, we will explore not only our own felling and extended states of being Lost and being Found but those of our characters as well. Max will also present a collection of exercises and tools designed to keep you writing well into the new year!
As always we will explore the theme and do a good deal of writing together. Our optional Salon reading is Saturday night, for folks who want to present a little bit of work-in-progress and get some feedback and support from their peers. Remember, a Salon is NOT a performance of finished work, it’s just an chance for any interested writer to present 5 minutes of on-going work in community.
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For this retreat private meetings with Max are optional for an additional charge. For writers with on-going work who would like to schedule a private meeting with Max before or during the weekend please just contact him directly via email at hollowdeckpress@mac.com . To see how editing, coaching and fees work click here for the  Coaching and Editing page

Here is a DRAFT of the 2020 weekend class schedule: (all times are in East Coast Time zone)

FRIDAY Nov 13:

4-7pm         Class Session 1
SATURDAY Nov 14:

10-12      Class Session 2
12-4pm  Lunch and Writing time
4-6pm   Class Session 3
6-7         Class Salon
SUNDAY Nov 15:

10-12     Class Session 4
12-4pm  Lunch and Writing time
4-6pm   Class Session 5
MONDAY Nov 16:

10am-1pm     Class Session 6

Tuition for the 2020 retreat is $450. You are always welcome to pay with a credit card (for any amount) if that is what works best for you. To pay with a credit card you can do that at the bottom of the Home page on this site using the Pay Pal link. But if you are able to pay by check (for tuition payments over $250 checks are easiest for us to process) you can make checks out to Max Regan, and send to 1006 Grandview Ave. Boulder, CO 80302. Registration is limited so please contact Max to check on availability.

IMG_1107Annual January 4-Day Writing Projects Intensive

January 8-11, 2021  

taught by Zoom

Every January we offer a 4-day writing projects intensive to get the New Year started off with focus and a burst of creative energy. In previous years we have taught this intensive at Spectrum Center in the vibrant city of Houston, TX,

However, in this time of constrained travel when it is not yet safe to gather and meet in person for classes and events, we have chosen to move this Intensive on-line and to offer it in a virtual format, taught on the Zoom platform.

This intensive is one of the highlights of the Hollowdeck yearly schedule, it is designed to get your new year started with a strong and organized leap into your writing life. As the year begins it’s a great time to take a deep breath and pull that on-going writing project or idea back up onto your desk and dig in. Let’s make this the year you bring it to life!! This writing intensive includes daily class sessions and one private meeting with Max.

This writing intensive is a chance to step out of your everyday lives, work and schedules, and dedicate some time to getting your writing project off the ground. Your project might be a novel, a story, a memoir, a how-to or children’s book. It might be a collection of poems, a fantasy novel or a family history. You might have piles of drafts and notes or just a small idea in the back of your head and heart that wont go away. Regardless of what stage of the writing process you are in, this immersive retreat will help you bring your project to life.

The goal for this Intensive is simply to focus on your writing project, without distractions or procrastination. Writers will be divided into 2 small working groups, with up to 10 writers each. We get started with an evening session on Friday night, then each small group will meet for 2.5 hrs once a day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday to talk and strategize about the work that needs to be done. Together we will discuss your project and come up with a work-plan customized for each student, outlining your goals and discussing the aspects of the writer’s craft that will help you accomplish your work.

Each writer will have a lot of solo work time during every day. Max will also schedule a 1hr one-on-one private session with each writer over the course of the Intensive to discuss your specific project, text and goals. (The exact schedule for these private session times will be sent to each writer prior to the retreat.) By the end of the Intensive each project should be more structured and well underway. This retreat is open to any interested writer, regardless of geography, experience, genre or stage of development. We welcome all your messy files, old journals, disorganized pages and wild ideas, no matter how tiny or gigantic!

skyline-1509136_1920Draft of the 2021 January Retreat Schedule: all times are in the Texas/ Central time zone

Please note that individual one on one private sessions with Max might be scheduled starting on Thursday Jan 7th. Max will contact each writer individually to schedule a private meeting time that fits in your schedule.

Please NOTE: all times below are in Colorado/MTN time zone. If you are in TX your class times will be an hour later than the times below. If you are on the East Coast your class times will be 2 hours later.

Thursday Jan 7th

Private session times with Max

Friday Jan 8th 

4-6:30pm  Opening class – whole group

Saturday Jan 9th

morning: Private session times with Max

11-1   Small Group A class

1:30-3:30  Small Group B class

evening:  Private session times with Max

Sunday Jan 10th

morning: Private session times with Max

11-1   Small Group A class

1:30-3:30  Small Group B class

evening:  Private session times with Max

Monday Jan 11th

morning: Private session times with Max

9-11   Small Group B class

11:30-1:30  Small Group A class

4-5:30   Closing class – whole group

Please Note: For those writers who might also be planning to sign up for the big Annual June Writing Projects 10-Day Retreat (see below) this four-day January Projects Retreat is a great way to get organized and get your text and your goals underway as you head towards June! There will, of course, be different curriculum, exercises and techniques used in each retreat.

Registration

To register please email Max at hollowdeckpress@mac.com Tuition for the Intensive is $450, which includes 2 large group classes, 3 small group classes and one private 1hr session with Max. You are always welcome to pay with a credit card (for any amount) if that is what works best for you. To pay with a credit card you can do that at the bottom of the Home page on this site using the Pay Pal link. But if you are able to pay by check (for tuition payments over $250 checks are easiest for us to process) you can make checks out to Max Regan, and send to 1006 Grandview Ave. Boulder, CO 80302. Registration is limited so please contact Max to check on availability.

IMG_1103Join Team Spectrum

Spectrum Center was founded in Houston in 1988 to serve as a community center for healing and therapeutic arts. Spectrum is dedicated to the education and well-being of individuals and families through skilled professional care, workshops and lectures. For more than 32 years, they have offered traditional as well as non-traditional approaches to health, spirituality and lifestyle to the Houston community. Spectrum currently has more than 25 practitioners who provide a wide range of services including psychotherapy for adults, families and children. Practitioners also offer executive and life coaching, career profile assessments, massage, acupuncture, Zero Balancing, naturopathy, energy medicine, as well as a variety of workshops, classes and lectures for personal and spiritual growth. Spectrum features highly skilled local teachers, along with nationally recognized leaders in innovative thought.

Max Regan and Rosa Glenn Reilly founded the Spectrum Writer’s Guild to support writers in the Texas community. As the Spectrum Center struggles with the effects of the COVID crisis many of our classes and events have been cancelled or moved on-line and many of our practitioners, especially the Director and those working in the Houston community have been profoundly affected. To support Spectrum during this time we have started a membership community called TEAM SPECTRUM. Members will get a monthly newsletter with free offerings, practices and discounts on on-line classes. For more information please go to https://spectrumcenter-houston.com/team-spectrum/

 

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The Annual June 10-Day Writing Projects Retreats

taught by Zoom

Session 1: June 4-14, 2021

Session 2: June 18-28, 2021

In June of each year we offer two sessions of the Annual 10-Day Writing Projects Retreat, the centerpoint of our teaching year here at Hollowdeck. For many years these retreats were taught in person here in the beautiful town of Boulder, CO at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. However, in response to the global health crisis these classes will now be offered via Zoom, an easy to use online conferencing tool. Using Zoom is free and you do not need an account to join a Zoom meeting or class.

In previous years this retreat was only available to those writers who could travel to Boulder to join us for 10 days. Costs associated with travel, airfare, housing and food as well as the need to be away from family and work for 10 days sometimes kept certain writers from being able to join us. But, as we found in the June 2020 retreats, working together on-line was an AMAZING way to gather writers from all around the world to deepen and expand our writing crafts and move our projects forward!

images-5This annual retreat is for writers with a current writing project or idea. What if you had 10 days just to focus on your writing? We all have writing projects that end up “on the back burner” waiting for us to have the time to pull out those files and notebooks, sit down, get organized and really get some writing done. This 10- day writing retreat is a chance to dedicate some time to getting your writing project off the ground. We will meet together in small groups once a day to talk and strategize about the work that needs to be done. Together we will discuss your project and come up with a work-plan customized for each student. Every other evening we will hold a virtual Salon to hear some of your work-in-progress.

Tuition includes daily classes, two private sessions with Max to discuss your project in-depth, as well as 5 virtual salons to examine work in progress. By the end of the week each project should be more structured and well underway. Two different Retreat sessions are offered in June, and each session is a separate event with its own roster and curriculum. For writers who want a whole month of writing (“marathoners”) Max builds specific month-long curriculum and community.

What is your Writing Project?

Maybe you have an unfinished novel or story. Maybe you have a stack of journals that you have always wanted to transform into a memoir. Maybe you are right in the middle of a writing project and need to get the whole thing organized. Maybe you have a series of poems you would love to edit and turn into a collection. Maybe you have a family lineage project, a book or collection of stories you would like to leave for future generations. Maybe you are on the final edit of a book before you send it out to publishers and you need to read it with new eyes. Or maybe you just have a persistent, compelling idea for a project that will simply not leave you alone. Regardless of what stage of the writing process you are in, this immersive 10 days of working every day will help you bring your project to life.

images-3Daily Retreat Schedule

The goal is simply to focus on your writing project, with as little distraction or procrastination as possible. Our group will be divided into two small working groups, with 5 to 8 writers each. Each small group will meet once a day for a 2hour class, either in the morning or in the evening. If your group met in the morning yesterday then you will meet in the evening today. During our daily classes we will sit and outline your goals and discuss the aspects of the writer’s craft that will help you accomplish your work. What do you want to get done? Where are you stuck? What comes easily? Where will you do your work today? Our hope is that each writer will have solo work time during every day to dig into the work. Every other evening we will meet for a group virtual Salon, a chance to check in, see how the work went, and read to one another from the work in progress. Max will schedule two one-on-one private sessions with each writer, one at the beginning of the retreat and one at the end, to discuss your specific project, text and goals.

DRAFT of RETREAT DAILY SCHEDULE for 2021: all times are Colorado/ Mountain time zone

Please Note: All times and events are subject to change. Due to the nature of the retreat Max will assign each student a small group, a salon reading spot and a specific day and time to meet for the 2 private sessions. Your private session with Max might take place in the week before the retreat or after the retreat. Unfortunately we cannot customize the rest of daily schedule to accommodate the schedule of each writer, but we will do our best! All times listed are in Mountain Time/ Colorado time, please make adjustments for your local time zone. The weekly schedule below applies to both sessions for the retreat, but each session will have unique curriculum.

FRIDAY

1-4 Private 1 hr sessions with Max

In this time frame Max will schedule the first of two one hour Private Session with individual students to discuss their writing project. The exact schedule will be provided as we move closer to the retreat so that you can schedule accordingly.

5-7pm Zoom dinner (whole group) 

A “Zoomdinner” is just a chance to make yourself some dinner for ourselves and get together on zoom to relax, get to know each other and hang out for a bit.

SATURDAY

10-12 Opening Session (whole group)

On Saturday morning will gather as a large group to discuss our schedule for the week and to dive into some concrete strategies for setting up your writing project, your goals, hopes, fears, your tools and workspace, etc. The goal is for each writer to relax, get organized and begin to work.

5-6:30 SALON #1 (whole group) Readers TBA

This is the first of five Virtual Salons, meaning that a couple of our classmates will have a opportunity to read some of their work in progress so we can talk it through, answer their Author Questions and help them find their next steps. Remember, we are NOT reading finished work and this is NOT a performance, we just want to hear your voice and a few pages of the work-in-progress.

SUNDAY

Students will be divided into 2 or 3 small working groups and each small group will meet once a day for a 2hr session. This will give us a chance to dig more fully into the work, hear a bit about each individual project and each writer’s source material, project stage and methods. These sessions are a combination of presentations on different aspects of the writer’s craft and problem-solving customized for each project. We will also hear a bit of the work itself as it develops, even if we are just working with fragments or notes.

10-12   Group A – meets 

1-3       Group B –  meets 

5-6:30pm SALON #2 (whole group) Readers TBA

Again we will relax and hang out for a bit, then a couple of our classmates will have a opportunity to read some of their work in progress so we can talk it through, answer their Author Questions and help them find their next steps.

MONDAY

10-12   Group B –  meets

1-3       Group A –  meets 

TUESDAY

10-12   Group B –  meets 

1-3       Group A – meets 

5-6:30pm SALON #3 (whole group) Readers TBA

Again we will relax and hang out for a bit, then a couple of our classmates will have a opportunity to read some of their work in progress so we can talk it through, answer their Author Questions and help them find their next steps.

WEDNESDAY

This is your day off!! While there are no group events scheduled for this day, there will be some one-on-one sessions with Max scheduled in the afternoon/evening. Wed is a great chance to spend much needed alone time catch up with family, read, get some big writing done, take a walk, whatever you like.

12-6 Private 1 hr Session with Max

In this time frame Max will schedule the second of two one hour Private Session with individual students to discuss their writing project.

THURSDAY

10-12   Group A – meets 

1-3       Group B –  meets 

5-6:30pm  SALON #4 (whole group) Readers TBA

Again we will relax and hang out for a bit, then a couple of our classmates will have a opportunity to read some of their work in progress so we can talk it through, answer their Author Questions and help them find their next steps.

FRIDAY

10-12   Group B –  meets 

1-3       Group A –  meets 

SATURDAY

10-12   Group B –  meets 

1-3       Group A – meets 

5-6:30pm SALON #5 (whole group) Readers TBA

Again we will relax and hang out for a bit, then a couple of our classmates will have a opportunity to read some of their work in progress so we can talk it through, answer their Author Questions and help them find their next steps.

SUNDAY

11-12:30pm Closing Session (whole group)  

As we get ready to end our intensive we will meet one last time to talk about what you accomplished and to set up the steps that come next. This will include information on publishing options and ways to move the work out into the world.

5-6:30pm Guest Lecture/ TBA

An award-winning, published guest lecturer will join us for a discussion on editing and refining creative work, researching agents and publishers, applying for residencies and fellowships, etc. There will be time for questions.

MONDAY

11-1pm Closing Session (whole group)  

As we get ready to end our intensive we will meet one last time to talk about what you accomplished and to set up the steps that come next. This will include information on publishing options and ways to move the work out into the world.

3-6pm Private 1 hr Sessions with Max

In this time frame Max will schedule the second of two one hour Private Session with individual students to discuss their writing project. Please note: your second private session with Max might be scheduled for Monday or later this week.

 

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The Option of “Marathoning”

For some writers a 10 day retreat simply isn’t long enough. Each year there is a small group of folks who choose to be “Marathoners” and take the whole month of June to work, signing up for both sessions of the Retreat. Writers who choose this option will be placed in their own daily small group, with completely new curriculum in Session 1 and Session 2, so that they can support each other throughout the month. The goal is to fully support these folks and create and maintain a strong core community in order to keep their work moving forward. Marathoners in previous years have been able to vision, organize, research and generate a vast amount of work on their literary project and have also had time to tackle more than one project over the course of the month, setting themselves up to complete major goals as they move into the rest of the year. In 2021 we will be offering a $100 discount on the total tuition to writers who choose the Marathoning option. 

images-6Reading/Evaluation of Manuscripts prior to Retreat

For writers with on-going work, design documents or for those who have longer manuscripts in progress, Max will be glad to read/ evaluate your  work prior to the retreat. This work must be set up in the month of May, so please contact Max  if you would like to schedule work for reading/ evaluation.

Registration

Tuition is $1500 and a $450 non-refundable deposit is required upon Registration, which holds your place in the class. If you require a Payment Plan please contact Max as soon as possible. For cancellations after May 1st students are responsible for the full tuition.

A portion of each student tuition will be donated to the Boulder Bookstore, our traditional location for daily retreat writing classes and events. Due to the severe impact on local independent bookstores, we are committed to seeing Boulder Bookstore thrive and continue to support the community of Boulder.

Registration for the retreat is limited. This retreat fills to capacity almost every year but there is a waiting list, so if you would like to join us please email Max right away. To register or if you have any questions about the Retreat, payment plans, logistics or anything else, just email Max at hollowdeckpress@mac.com