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Winter Words Writing Workshop


Dates are set for
Winter Words 2013!!

February 22-24

Location: McGregor Mountain Lodge,

Estes Park, CO, next door to

Rocky Mountain National Park


Work intensively on your writing at this focused workshop.
Workshop Sessions, Craft Talks, Writing Time, Open Mic Gathering

By gathering in an intimate setting to share meals, conversation and a love of writing,
our small group builds the trust needed to give and receive useful critique of each other's writing

Now in its 7th year, Winter Words is a small writing workshop (no more than 10 writers) for those with a work-in-progress that could benefit from the input of other working writers. Each pre-submits up to 15 pages, which are circulated to the group. The workshop begins Friday evening with a social hour and dinner. Saturday and Sunday are spent working -- exchanging critiques, questions and suggestions for improvement. Sharing meals and social time, the group gets acquainted in a casual, non-threatening environment, building the trust and friendship that allows it to give and receive critique honestly.

Cost: $264 per person.**
Includes workshop, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches.
Accommodations:, 1-800-835-8439
This lovely property is ½ mile from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.
**Lodging is not included in workshop cost.

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The Magic of Winter Words… 
A Safe Place To Share Your Writing
By gathering in an intimate setting to share meals, conversation and a love of writing, our small group builds the trust needed to give and receive useful critique of our work.  
Who’s It For? Writers of fiction, memoir, creative or narrative nonfiction, nature writing, expository nonfiction, adult, young adult and children's writing. Submissions span various genres.


"I highly recommend Mary Taylor Young's workshop for anyone who has a piece of writing that needs help in getting over the 'hump'.  If you need meaningful critique and suggestions, this is the weekend for you!"   


“The workshop was wonderful! The best I've ever taken (and I've taken a lot)—great group of people and the venue was perfect.”


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“I didn't want to break the spell as I left Sunday morning! I learned soooo much, can't wait to find time to re-write my piece and maybe share it again for comments. I found the feedback invaluable, supportive, and non-judgmental.” 


About Workshop Leader
Mary Taylor Young is a best-selling and award-winning Colorado writer, author of 13 books and hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. Mary has taught writing for more than 20 years in many venues including the University of Kansas, Rocky Mountain National Park and numerous writing conferences. 

Tentative Schedule  
5 pm                            – Arrive, get acquainted
6 – 8 pm                      – Dinner, welcome, overview , writing craft talk  
8 – 8:30 am                  – Breakfast
8:30 – 12 n                   – Workshop
12 n – 1 pm                 – Lunch
1 – 4 pm                      – Workshop continues
4 – 6 pm                      – Writing time/nature walk
6 – 7 pm                      – Dinner
7 – 8 pm                      – Open mic session (optional)     
8 – 8:30 am                  – Breakfast
8:30 – 12:30 pm           – Workshop/open work session - bring questions, problems
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm     – Light lunch, wrap-up, goodbyes 

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