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Creative Writing Retreat in March

The AWA method is all about focusing on what is strong and memorable in a person’s writing, and for for uninhibited experimentation, not about tearing people down.

Date
2018-03-22 (Thu) -
2018-03-25 (Sun)
Time
9:00 - 18:00 (2018-03-25 (Sun) 8:00-14:00)
Place
FabCafe Hida MAP
Capacity
12
fee
95,000 JPY or 860 USD

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The AWA method is all about focusing on what is strong and memorable in a person’s writing, and for for uninhibited experimentation, not about tearing people down.

About

This very special retreat, lead by Leslie Fierro in the celebrated Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) Method , invites you to discover the power of your origins and your original, important voice, as well as the captivating way in which writing with others your own writing.

You were born with creative genius. You were born with a strong, unique voice that can be nurtured and drawn out through the teaching of creative writing -an art form that is available to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level. The AWA method is all about focusing on what is strong and memorable in a person’s writing, and for for uninhibited experimentation, not about tearing people down.

Highlight of the program

  • Have a life changing experience -express yourself into an art form of writing through Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) Method (* 1) by sharing and helping one another with other participants in a hidden place of Japan where you can appreciate the picturesque view
  • To be connected with people by sharing the precious time including eating and sleeping under the same roof
  • Learn on how to contribute your works to international literacy journals
  • A hand-bound booklet is to be created and given before your departure which features a contribution from each retreat participant as a beautiful reminder of Hida and a keepsake from the wonderful retreat experience.
  • “I Am From Project” (* 2) created by American poet George Ella Lyon, fam famous poem, “Where I’m From,” has inspired writers and teachers around the world

Program details

About the Retreat Leader, Leslie Fierro

Leslie Fierro
“Leslie’s Cast Off! Workshops offer novice and experienced writers a safe and experienced writers a safe and supportive workshops fun and engaging. Also, I loved the way the AWA method allowed me to feel at ease and take risks with my writing. Leslie did a great job encouraging everyone to participate and providing positive craft-focused feedback. “- Kathy, Brooklyn, NY

Who can participate

  • Those who are interested in English skill-up, creative writing: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, etc.
  • Those who want to to get away from the daily hustle and spend time in a hidden place of Japan surrounded by vast nature
  • Those who want to look into yourself and express in the art form of writing with a help of others who might discover new elements in you

… in detail

This writing workshop is best suited for mid to high level English speakers.
Writing prompts will be both both spoken, and handed out in printed English text, and will strive to be simple, clear and direct.
Basically, if you can understand the main request of the prompt, you can, you can tactile and sensory, things that you can see, feel, smell, hear and touch write.
As this is an AWA workshop, sharing what you write is optional, and your inspiration to write does not even need to directly respond to or engage with any of the prompts.
Having a decent grasp of English will be helpful in listening to this workshop is your quiet discoveries within yourself, the strengthening of your writing voice (which need not be be spoken aloud), your “ear “For daily inspiration, and your feelings of mutual understanding and shared experience amidst the peaceful, historic surroundings of Hida Furukawa.

Note

(* 1)
These awa methods are based on the following philosophy. These affirmations rest on a definition of personhood based in equality, and a definition of writing as an art form available to all persons.
· Everyone has a strong, unique voice.
· Everyone is born with creative genius.
· Writing as an art form belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level.
· The teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writer’s original voice or artistic self-esteem.
· A writer is someone who writes.
(* 2)
“Where I’m From” is the event, planned for October 2018, will be a “celebration of the diversity and beauty of people we are,” and will include a peaceful march in Washington, DC to unfurl a massive scroll full of writing The science and science of science and science The science of science and science The science of science and technology of science and technology We’ll be Facebook Live-recording the march to share with all with the scroll to this work is from the world, and you are warmly invited to this. .

Speaker

Leslie Fierro

Leslie Fierro

Program

  • Day 1

    Thursday, March 22

  • Day 2

    Friday, March 23

  • Day 3

    Saturday, March 24

  • Day 4

    Sunday, March 25

Afternoon arrival and check-in
Dinner on your own to to allow for relaxation and late arrivals
Evening meet and greet beer / wine / sake.

Breakfast – 9: 00 AM
Morning writing – 10: 00 AM – Noon – includes two writing prompts, sharing, responses
Lunch / free time – Noon – 2:00 PM
Afternoon writing – 2: 00 PM – 5: 00 PM – writing excursion, two writing prompts, sharing, responses, and one optional takeaway prompt.
Dinner – 6:00 PM

Breakfast – 9: 00 AM
Morning writing – 10: 00 AM – Noon – includes two writing prompts, sharing, responses
Lunch / free time – Noon – 2:00 PM
Afternoon writing – 2: 00 PM – 5: 00 PM – writing excursion, two writing prompts, sharing, responses, and one optional takeaway prompt.
Dinner – 6:00 PM

Breakfast – 8: 00 AM
Morning writing – 10: 00 AM – 12: 00 PM – includes 2 writing prompts, sharing, responses, one takeaway prompt
Farewell lunch – 12:00 PM
Checkout and departure – 2:00 PM

Outline

Date
2018.03.22(Thu) 9: 00-18: 00
2018-03-23 ​​(Friday) 9: 00-18: 00
2018-03-24 (Saturday) 9: 00-18: 00
2018-03-25 (Sunday) 8: 00-14: 00
Payment Deadline
March 15th
* Please note that the retreat must meet minimum capacity to run. In the unfortunate event of cancellation, a full refund will be given by March 22th.
* The paid deposit is not refundable for any other reason but cancellation by the retreat hosts.
Place
FabCafe Hida
6-17 Ninomachi, Furukawa-cho, Hida, Gifu 509-4235
Getting FabCafe Hida
The retreat, running Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon (with the writing happening Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning), can fit in nicely with a longer visit to Japan, or can be relaxing weekend experience for those already in Japan.

Fab Cafe Hida is five minutes on the foot from JR Takayama Main Line Hida Furukawa Station, which is a three – hours – train ride from Nagoya, a four – hours – train ride from Kyoto, and a – four – and – a – half -hours-train ride from Tokyo. There is also a direct express bus available from Shinjuku st., Tokyo. More on access here.

Nearby attractions include the Sparful and 48 falls onsen , and the Ryokufu Resort for skiing and snowboarding. Options for extended stays at Fab Cafe are available.

Fee
860 USD (equivalent to 95,000 Japanese yen)
including meals as noted, program costs, writing excursion associated fees, and shared accommodations
Tuition Breakdown
Program and Administrative Costs: 543 USD (equivalent to 60,000 Japanese yen)
Meals and Accommodations: 317 USD (equivalent to 35,000 Japanese yen)
– Includes accommodations for three days, happy hour the first evening, breakfast and lunch for days 2, 3 and 4, and dinner for days 2 and 3
Payment Deadline
March 15th
* Please note that the retreat must meet minimum capacity to run. In the unfortunate event of cancellation, a full refund will be given by March 22th.
* The paid deposit is not refundable for any other reason but cancellation by the retreat hosts.
Capacity
12 PEOPLE
Buy Tickets
Buy your ticket here .
You will receive a confirmation once your payment is registered, you will receive an expectation can be met.
Contact
Please contact Hidakuma any questions related to logistics.
Please contact Leslie Fierro any questions related to the program.

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