There is only 1 spot left for our retreat!

The retreat includes written comments and a one-on-one manuscript consultation of 20 pages of a story/chapter, etc.

This price includes wine/champagne and appetizers on Friday night and a yoga class on Sunday morning. $295.00

Accommodations are separate; they are being handled by Americus Garden Inn. americusgardeninn.com. Please call them for reservations. (229) 931-0122

Contact me to register using Paypal: s.isaaklolis@gmail.com

You may have heard that writing is a solitary process. People say that all the time. Well, they’re wrong!

We writers crave to connect with other artists. That’s why Willow Writers’ Retreat was created. The three-day retreat is a place where your voice will be supported and celebrated. We provide space and time for you to cultivate your work within a supportive community of fellow writers. We will be meeting across the street from the Americus Garden Inn, a gorgeous B&B with sumptuous breakfasts in Southwest Georgia.

The retreat is facilitated by Susan Isaak Lolis, a published and award-winning writer.

One of Susan’s stories, ‘Vivien’s Sister,’ won the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction and is published in Bayou Magazinehttps://bayoumagazine.org/fiction-contest-winners/

About Susan’s story, Kiese Laymon, the judge, said:

“Vivien’s Sister” is a “how to” in the importance of texturing subtext in storytelling. While giving us a layered story filled with love, sex, loss, fear and memory, the piece most amazingly shows us how terrifying literal and metaphoric consumption is to families, and specifically to women. Food plays a huge role in this piece from beginning to end, and the minutiae of the storytelling is never overwhelmed by stunning descriptions of food cooking, food simmering, food ultimately being consumed. “Vivien’s Sister” is a marvelous literary achievement.”

Susan’s other stories have appeared in New Madrid: Journal of Contemporary Literature, Yemassee, Yalobusha Review, Offcourse, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the Mighty River Short Story Prize and a finalist for the River Styx Microfiction Contest. In addition, she placed as a finalist for the William Wisdom-William Faulkner Novel Award. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Miami. While there, she was a James Michener fellow and won a University of Miami fiction award. 

Susan has led writing workshops at the University of Miami, Loyola Marymount University, Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University, and at Georgia Military College.

Susan has a story forthcoming in Drunk Monkeys. http://www.drunkmonkeys.us/

Our guest speaker, Margaret Harrington, will be presenting a writing session. She earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Spalding University where she also worked as a student editor for The Louisville Review.  She has taught creative writing at Mercer University.

We also provide workshops, discussions, and a reading on the last evening of the retreat to celebrate your work. Along the way, there will be a lot of laughter, a lot of delicious food, and a lot of wine! Wolf Creek Plantation, a beautiful winery, is nearby. https://www.wolfcreekplantation.com/

Most importantly, what we will offer you is a chance to feel rejuvenated. For your project. And, for you.  Whether you are beginning a new book, revising a short story, or finishing an early draft of a chapter, we will meet you where you are. All levels are welcome.

Come, join us!

Event Dates: Friday, March 27–Monday, March 30, 2020
Event Location: Americus, GA

Some Topics That We Will Discuss

Generating Ideas for Stories; Evoking our Memories and Senses

Building Believable Characters

Creating a Vivid Sense of Place

You may be working on a new book or revising a short story. You may be new to writing and would enjoy sharing ideas with a supportive group along the way, or you simply need quiet time away to immerse yourself in the writing process, nurturing your soul. No matter where you are in the process, you are welcome.

Please contact Susan if you have any questions or comments.

954-806-3878 or email me at s.isaaklolis@gmail.com

    A block of rooms at the Americus Garden Inn in Americus, GA are reserved for us at the Willow Writers’ Retreat. When you go to their website, it is listed that there are no rooms available, but the B&B is holding rooms for us. https://americusgardeninn.com/

    You must call them for reservations: (229) 931-0122