Words In The Sand


Sometimes writing feels like tracing words in the sand. As quickly as we form the words, winds propelled by distraction and self-doubt erase them. Treat yourself to a weekend at the shore designed to focus, inspire and encourage your writing. Join Dawn Leas and Vicki Mayk for Words In The Sand from Sept. 14-16, 2018. The weekend will include prompts employing both poetry and prose, allowing you to “try on” a different genre to write about the same idea or experience. After exploring historic Ocean Grove, Dawn and Vicki will lead exercises that will stretch your writing muscles in finding new ways to capture place in your writing. On Sunday, the group will explore using all five senses to add layers and descriptive detail in prose and poetry.

Cost: $500/Early-Bird Rate (through July 15) $465. Payment can be made through PayPal (vicki.mayk@gmail.com) or Venmo (@Vicki-Mayk)

What is included in retreat fee?

  •             Workshops with Vicki and Dawn
  •             Lodging accommodations that include a continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  •             Lunch on Saturday and Sunday

Friday and Saturday evenings – dinner is on your own or with other workshop participants. Explore Ocean Grove or nearby Asbury Park.  A list of restaurants will be provided.

Where will we be staying?

Words in the Sand will be held at the Ocean Park Inn, a cozy bed and breakfast in beautiful Ocean Grove, New Jersey. It is just two block from the beach and four blocks from the main shopping area in Ocean Grove. It’s is also a short walk to Asbury Park. The Inn will be closed to the general public during the weekend to allow our group to have full access to the common areas and guest rooms.

Each participant will have a private room. Most rooms do share bathrooms and those with a private bath are on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are traveling to the retreat with a friend, you may request rooms that share a bathroom.

Words in the Sand Schedule (Subject to change)

Friday, September 14, 2018

4:00 p.m.                     Check-in

Dinner on your own.

7:00 p.m.                     Opening reception

8:30 p.m.                     Optional group walk on the boardwalk

Saturday, September 15, 2018

9:00 a.m.                     Breakfast

10:00 a.m.                   One Prompt, Two Points-of-View

Participants will be divided into two groups. Vicki will lead the prose group and Dawn will lead the poetry group through a writing prompt. Then the groups will switch and time will be given to write the prompt again in the other genre.

1:00 p.m.                     Lunch

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.          Using Place in Writing

Participants will choose either prose (Vicki) or poetry (Dawn), and each group will spend a few  minutes talking about using place in writing and the writing prompt. The groups will then be given time to explore Ocean Grove keeping the prompt in mind. We will then return to the Inn for writing time.

Dinner on your own.

7:30 pm.                      Storytelling

8:30 p.m.                     Optional group walk on the boardwalk

Sunday, September 16, 2018*

9:00 a.m.                     Breakfast

10:00 a.m.                   Use Your Senses

Participants will choose either prose (Vicki) or poetry (Dawn) to start the workshop using sensory detail. The group will then come together to continue the discussion of using sensory detail in writing.

1:00 p.m.                     Lunch

2:00 p.m.                     Retreat Closing

2:30 p.m.                     Departure

*Room check-out is promptly at Noon