Wilderness Writing Retreat

Janisse Ray

Three-day wilderness writing retreat

Friday - Monday, November 10-13, 2023

Cost: $2,000

Space is limited to 10 participants.

A Wild Spectacle

The Moab Museum invites you to join the iconic nature writer Janisse Ray, November 10-13, 2023 for a long weekend of writing immersion and meaning-making in the spectacular red rocks of the Colorado Plateau. The weekend will focus on creativity and community at historic Red Cliffs Lodge along the Colorado River.

The weekend includes: three nights at Red Cliffs Lodge, breakfast and lunch Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, field trips and forays into beautiful desert locations, writing instruction, and personal writing time, and collegiality. Experience nature and enjoy the grand landscapes around Moab.

The workshop is open to writers at any level, and creating in any genre. Perhaps the desert is calling you to see and experience deeper connections with nature through your writing.

Janisse’s style is generous and intuitive, and deeply inspiring. She truly believes in everyone's potential to create the life they desire. In addition to lavishing writers with valuable information about craft and structure, Janisse believes that something else is required for great writing, and that is magic, a direct line to the invisible forces of spirit.

This opportunity will help you to invest in your stories and invest in wildness and bring you into deeper alignment with your dreams for your life and for the planet.

Ray earned an MFA at the University of Montana, where she studied with the famed western nature writer, William Kittredge. She is the author of 9 books, most of them creative nonfiction, including The Seed Underground and Ecology of a Cracker Childhood. She has won an American Book Award, a Pushcart, and a New York Times Notable. Her work has been included in over 40 anthologies, as well as translated into French, Turkish, and Italian. She lives near Savannah, Georgia. Learn more from the author herself here!

Schedule for the Weekend of Wilderness

Friday, November 10:
4pm Participant Check-in
6pm - 8pm Book reading and signing (Paperback and Hardcover copies of Wild Spectacle will be available for purchase.)
Saturday, November 11:
Wilderness Writing Retreat (Details to follow)
Sunday, November 12:
Wilderness Writing Retreat (Details to follow)
Monday, November 13:
8am - 10am Closing event for participants
11am Check-out
All events are schedule to take place at Red Cliffs Lodge, Highway 128, Moab, UT 84532 unless noted otherwise. 

The Retreat At a Glance

Cost: $2,000/person

  • Three mind-blowing days with like-minded souls
  • The chance to explore the majestic desert landscape and immersion in nature
  • Hours of instruction from a nature writer with decades of experience
  • A 1:1 with Janisse Ray
  • Edits on 10 pages of your work from author Janisse Ray
  • Dozens of handouts
  • A solid, individualized plan for your writing life going forward
  • Breakfasts and lunches are included, participants are on their own to explore dining options at Red Cliffs Lodge

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