September 24-30, 2020
We created the Salida Writers Retreat to give authors a quiet space in the world where they can reset their senses and focus on the project they’ve been meaning to finish. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Salida is the perfect town to keep you creatively inspired, well-fed, and constantly in awe of the natural world around you.
The retreat is designed to your specifications. When you want to write, you write – free from distraction. If you grow restless, you’ll have a variety of excursions to help you fill the time. Hike to the top of Tenderfoot Mountain, take a guided tour of a ghost town, do yoga, float in a sensory deprivation tank, or just sit on the banks of the Arkansas River and watch the water go by. It’s up to you.
In addition to the recreation options, we’ll be leading writing workshops, discussing craft, holding open mic sessions, and carving out one-on-one time to discuss your work. Whatever you think you need the Salida Writers Retreat to be, we’ll make it happen.
We look forward to seeing you in Salida.
Anita & Ben
I might need this retreat, but I’m not sure. Do you think I should do it?
If it helps, we’re glad to talk about your writing needs, and how the Salida Writers Retreat might meet them. Generally speaking, if you’re looking to carve out significant and dedicated time to work on revisions or get a running start on a new novel, the retreat would likely be good for you.
What events and excursions are there?
Plenty, but a final list will depend on group interest as we get closer to the retreat. There are opportunities for daily yoga classes, floating in sensory deprivation tanks, hiking the trails in Salida and the surrounding area, visiting ghost towns, biking trails, playing in the Arkansas River, horseback riding, touring a working ranch, rock climbing, and volunteering in Salida. If you need to step out for a moment, you’ll have no excuse to be bored with your options. But if you never want to participate in any of the events and excursions, that’s okay, too. How you spend your time in Salida is up to you.
How much is this going to cost?
That depends. We can put together an all-inclusive (excluding travel) package for you based on your accommodation particulars. We’ve got access to hotels, motels, and condos. If you’re looking for a roommate to help share the cost, we can do our best to put you in touch with somebody else looking for the same. We’ll be providing an opening night and closing night meal in addition to pastry and coffee breakfasts at headquarters. The rest of the time you’ll be free to explore Salida’s amazing selection of restaurants and grocery stores to keep yourself fed.
How much feedback will I get on my WIP?
Lots. If you’ve already provided a draft of your novel before arriving in Salida you’ll get a marked up manuscript using Track Changes, an editorial letter, and an in person conversation. Many of our 2018 retreaters enjoyed walks along the Monarch Spur Trail to take in the wonders of nature and editorial feedback.
For those authors who haven’t yet completed a full draft, we’re happy to read excerpts to get familiar with the work, and are prepared to talk through your ideas about where you see the book going and the challenges you might face.
Can I travel with a friend or spouse?
Sure. It’s your time. Unfortunately, only paid retreaters can attend craft talks and other workshops. Depending on the excursion, it’s conceivable that non-retreaters can join in the adventures.
What is your cancellation policy?
Due to the limited space we’re able to offer, we request a non-refundable payment (1/2 the fee) upon registration and final payment by July 1, 2020.
What do I need to know about Salida?
Salida is an artistically vibrant town nestled in the Rocky Mountains approximately three hours away from Denver and two hours away from Colorado Springs. The average high temperature in September is 75 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is 39. Pretty much everything is within walking distance and the need for a car is minimal.
What do I need to know about Anita and Ben?