2014-04-03 / Lifestyles

North of 45 Retreat set for May 1-4 in Curtis

CURTIS – The fifth annual North of 45 Retreat for Writers will be held May 1 – 4, at Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn and the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis.

The all-inclusive retreat draws writers from all over Michigan together for a series of workshops, readings, and relaxation. The retreat begins on Thursday evening with a welcome reception, and is an opportunity for any adult who has a passion for writing or a desire to pursue the craft to get away from the distractions of everyday living. A Wednesday “pre-retreat” option is available this year. Contact Kelly at Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn directly for more information.

“The retreat is for adults who write, or who have ‘always wanted to” write,” said AnnMarie Rowland, who has directed the retreat since its inception in 2010.

Workshops presented by wellknown authors and writing instructors are offered, as well as stretches of time for attendees to relax, write, or simply enjoy the company of other writers. In addition to Rowland, this year’s workshop presenters are Micheal Delp, and Jack Driscoll.

The 2014 Retreat will, for the first time, have a repeat instructor. Michael Delp, former dean of Creative Writing at Interlochen Arts Academy, has agreed to be on staff.

Delp is a writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction whose works have appeared in numerous national publications.

Joining Delp is Jack Driscoll, also from Interlochen. Driscoll’s credits include four collections of poems, four novels, the Barnes the Noble Discovery of Great New Writers Award, the Pushcart Book Editor’s Award, six PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards, two Michigan Notable Book Awards, and AWP Short Fiction Award.

AnnMarie Rowland is a syndicated columnist, poet, songwriter, and writing workshop leader from Indian River, Mich. In addition to the North of 45 Retreat for Writers, she is the director of Johnathan Rand’s Author Quest; a camp for young writers.

An Authors’ Read will take place at the Erickson Center on May 2 at 7 p.m. as part of the event, with the staff of North of 45 Retreat sharing selections from their work. The public is invited. A small admission charge will be accepted to help support the Curtis Area Arts Council.

For more information or to register, or to become a sponsor, contact Kelly Chamberlin, (800) 292-0440. www.ericksoncenter.org www.chamberlinsinn.com.

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