49 Alaska Writing Center Tutka Bay Retreat

Alaska, United States

Sep 5 - Sep 7, 2014


TUITION / COST:$575 for 49 Writers members and $625 for non-members (includes water taxi). Registration opens March 2014.
SCHOLARSHIP:None Available

CONTACT: Linda Ketchum
PHONE: (907) 244-4950
EMAIL: 49writers@gmail.com
WEBSITE: www.49writingcenter.org

Join us for a weekend of instruction and inspiration at a wilderness lodge named by Fodor in 2012 as one of the World’s Top 100 places to stay. Registration opens March 15, 2014.

The 49 Alaska Writing Center Tutka Bay Writers Retreat offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a weekend of creativity and camaraderie led by a world-class author in an inspirational marine setting where wilderness meets rustic luxury.

This year's retreat is designed for poets and also for memoirists who want to write new work and learn new techniques for revision. Poets will write poetry and memoirists will write new passages of their memoir, with much sharing and maybe a little crossing over!

Tutka Bay, a remote and rugged fjord, is characterized by soaring mountains, secluded beaches, old growth forest, and dramatic tidal fluctuations. To get to Tutka Bay Lodge you fly or drive to the fishing community of Homer on the tip of the Kenai Peninsula (225 miles south of Anchorage) then take a twenty-five minute water taxi ride across Kachemak Bay. On the way you will observe a variety of shore and water birds, and there is always the possibility of sighting sea otters, whales, and other marine mammals.

Once there you will enjoy the full-service accommodation and renowned cuisine provided by the attentive lodge staff. Our retreat facility, The Widgeon, is a whimsical crabbing boat dry-docked on a tidal lagoon just a short walk away from your well-appointed cabin. In addition to the daily instructional sessions with our retreat leader that consider ways in which you can use place to find your story, delving into aspects of language and craft, there will be the chance to pursue assignments in the natural setting, to participate in breakout sessions, and to share your work with others.

The schedule allows time for reflection and recreation in the form of beach walks and forest hikes - or you can simply relax on the spacious oceanside deck, soak in the outdoor hot tub, or take an invigorating sauna. For an additional fee, you can also take advantage of on-site services such as cooking classes, massage and yoga, and guided ocean kayaking and boating.


Featured Writers Include:

The 2014 Tutka Bay Writers Retreat leader will be noted poet, editor, translator, and educator Carolyn Forché. Past faculty include Ron Carlson, Pam Houston, Dani Shapiro, and David Vann.


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


Tutka Bay Lodge
59° 28? N 151° 30? W
Alaska, United States

49 Alaska Writing Center