Ever wanted a weekend where you could focus solely on your writing away from all the distractions of normal life? Drink the Wild Air is a weekend writing retreat that offers teens that opportunity. Not only can you spend the weekend working on your own projects, but the camp offers two exciting workshops taught by instructors and camp facilitators Kim Firmston and Lisa Murphy-Lamb with a third workshop and instructor to be announced shortly. There will also be opportunities to explore the wintery outdoors and get to know other teen writers.
The camp runs from February 21st-23rd at Kamp Kiwanis (just outside of Bragg Creek) and is a sister retreat to WordsWorth, a more extended camp that allows teens an intensive week of writing courses and outdoor activities. As someone who worked as an instructor at WordsWorth 2013 this past summer I can testify to the magic of the place, magic that will no doubt be a part of the experience at Drink the Wild Air this year. If you win our free pass to attend Drink the Wild Air you will be given the opportunity to become part of a very rich, friendly and supportive writing community. As director for both WordsWorth and Drink the Wild Air, Lisa Murphy-Lamb facilitates an environment that inspires tremendous growth in the young writers who attend it. She hires instructors who not only provide unique and diverse courses, but who are invested in the community of teen writers they encounter and eager to share wisdom with them outside of class. The community of teens that I met last summer were not only a very diverse, and creatively accomplished bunch, but also very welcoming and inclusive. I watched two teens that were new to the program, and a bit shy, be absorbed into this community and become more confident by being a part of it.
If you’d like to find out a bit more about Drink the Wild Air and the two courses being offered for the retreat visit their website and make sure you enter our fiction contest Just Write to have a shot at going! You have until the 25th to get those entries in to us!