CURTIS - The 4th annual North of 45 Retreat for Writers will be held May 2-5 at Chamberlin's Ole Forest Inn and the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis. Primary sponsorship comes from the Erickson Center, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to enriching the mind, body and spirit of individuals of all ages.
The all-inclusive retreat draws writers from all over Michigan together for a series of workshops, readings, and relaxation. The retreat begins on Thursday evening with a welcome reception, and is an opportunity for any adult who has a passion for writing or a desire to pursue the craft to get away from the distractions of everyday living.
"The retreat is for adults who write, or who have 'always wanted to' write," said AnnMarie Rowland, who has directed the retreat since its inception in 2010. "Whether it's poetry, fiction, or nonfiction...whether you're a well-published author or just beginning...North of 45 is for you."
Workshops presented by well-known authors and writing instructors are offered, as well as stretches of time for attendees to relax, write, or simply enjoy the company of other writers. In addition to Rowland, this year's workshop presenters are Micheal Delp and Ellen Airgood.
Airgood from Grand Marais, is the author of "South of Superior," and the young adult novel, "Prairie Evers." She wrote "South of Superior," her debut novel that is set in a small, Upper Peninsula town, while working 80-90 hours a week in the cafe that she and her husband own. Ellen writes about what she knows, and leaves no room for excuses from other writers who claim to be "too busy."
Recently retired from teaching creative writing at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Michael Delp is a writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction whose works have appeared in numerous national publications. He is the author of "Over the Graves of Horses," "Under the Influence of Water," "The Coast of Nowhere," "The Last Good Water," and "As If We Were Prey," in addition to six chapbooks of poetry. He has received several awards for his teaching. He resides in the Traverse City area.
AnnMarie Rowland is a syndicated columnist, poet, songwriter, and writing workshop leader from Indian River.
In addition to the North of 45 Retreat, to register, or to become a sponsor, contact Kelly Chamberlin at (800) 292-0440.