12th Annual NCW Writing Retreat!

SEPTEMBER 22-25, 2019

Every fall, members have an opportunity to escape into Rocky Mountain National Park and spend three nights and nearly three days of quiet writing time. What better place to write than in a beautiful setting without any distractions? There aren't any classes or talks, just lots of writing time. 

YMCA Retreat Cabin

"Last year, the NCW Retreat jumpstarted my novel as well as my creative spark. What a glorious three days of uninterrupted creativity!
Writing friends, food, and focus... when can I sign up for 2018?"

~ Kristin, 2017 attendee

We’re in our 12th year of providing writers the unique opportunity to escape the daily grind and focus purely on writing, among some of the most gorgeous surroundings Colorado has to offer. Over the years, participants have experienced a variety of Colorado splendor, whether it’s falling leaves or falling snow, as they dive deep into their works-in-progress. In 2017, participants collectively wrote nearly 90,000 words!

While you might be distracted by the beautiful scenery, visiting wildlife, and fresh mountain air, we think these are the very things that can spark inspiration and the aforementioned creativity. And don’t worry, after a hard day of writing, there will be optional social time in the evenings to enjoy a cocktail and conversation with fellow attendees.

2017 Retreat collage

NCW has secured an 8-bedroom cabin (each with a full bath) at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. The cabin offers amazing views of the Rocky Mountains, a large kitchen, living and dining areas, a gas fireplace, outdoor seating, and WiFi access. Seven of the bedrooms have 2 queen beds and the 8th bedroom has 3 sets of twin bunk beds. (Think of it as writing camp!) Each bedroom has a bathroom.

Main meals are provided, but participants are asked to bring a side dish and snack to share. A signup sheet, with more specific information regarding food, will be available during registration.

 

retreat collage 2017

SCHEDULE: 

Sunday, September 22:
3:00 p.m. -- Arrive at YMCA of the Rockies and get settled
4:00-6:00 -- Quiet writing time
6:00-7:00 -- Dinner
7:00-7:30 -- Writer Roundup (each writer discusses their writing goals for the retreat)
7:30-9:00 -- Cocktails, writing games, and hanging out (optional)

Monday, September 23:
7:00-9:00 a.m. -- Breakfast items will be available in the kitchen; come and go as you please.
9:00-5:30 -- Writing time. Lunch will be available in the kitchen from 11:30-1:30 for you to help yourself.
5:30-6:30 – Dinner
6:30-7:30 – Writing time
7:30-10:00 – Movie and munchies (optional)

Tuesday, September 24:
7:00-9:00 a.m. -- Breakfast items will be available in the kitchen; come and go as you please.
9:00-5:30 -- Writing time. Lunch will be available in the kitchen from 11:30-1:30 for you to help yourself.
5:30-6:30 – Dinner
6:30-7:30 – Writing time
7:30-10:00 – Social time (optional)

Wednesday, September 25:
7:00-8:30 a.m. -- Breakfast items will be available in the kitchen; come and go as you please.
8:30 – Final Roundup
9:00-9:30 – Writing time
9:30-10:00 – Gather belongings and checkout by 10:00 a.m.

Price:

Queen bed (shared room): $325 (FULL)
Twin bed (shared room, women only): $275 (FULL) 

Registration opens June 2019