Going Under the Words: Writing Fiction & Memoir
- Hollyhock Leadership Centre
- 445 Highfield Road, Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada
- Jun 23 - 28, 2019 (6 days)
- Single w/ensuite Oceanfront* - CAD $2,315.00 Single w/ensuite* - CAD $2,165.00 Single w/shared bathroom* - CAD $1,840.00 Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* - CAD $1,780.00 Couple w/ensuite* - CAD $1,630.00 Couple w/shared bathroom* - CAD $1,480.00 Twin w/
About This Event
Writing imaginatively is part craft, part mystery, or as Flannery O’Connor put it, ‘both canny and uncanny.’ Learn techniques for digging deeper and getting under your words on the page, to create pieces with unique depth, voice and structure. Find out what your writing is really trying to say by shucking the outer skin of a piece to get at its more fascinating heart.
Whether you are beginning a new project, or diving into finding your voice for the first time, or are deep into the revision or editing stage of a long-developed work-in-progress, this workshop is designed to find you where you are, and to give you guidance and tools for the journey.
The workshop includes:
experimental writing each day, focused on flow, voice, plot, conflict, action, scene versus summary, and other narrative issues
building rituals, habits and tools to assist you at each stage of the creative process
a strong focus on revision, to dig up and expand on clues you’ve left on the surface of the page
workshopping your own and others’ writing, in a safe, engaged and creative group setting
During our time together, discover:
how to connect with the power of your individual voice
the deep creativity of revision
how to use surface clues to find symbols, which can point to the underlying meaning of your work
the excitement of weaving conflict, action and power into your work’s DNA
how to move away from the tyranny of the laptop, engaging notebooks, file cards and scrapbooks to allow more intense creativity
how to structure your work organically
how to sustain a writing life
All participants should send 10 pages of fiction or memoir to be shared and discussed in workshop. To enable other participants to read and consider in advance, please submit 2 weeks before the start of the program. Those who enroll just before start date, please send your writing immediately! Thank you.
“Shaena Lambert is a master of her craft, a master of shaping and holding space, and an exemplary listener. Her vigilant presence and enthusiasm throughout the workshop inspired the same in every attendee.” – 2018 Attendee of Going Under the Words.
Hollyhock definitely captured my heart. The food is wonderfully balanced and full of flavour. The garden is mesmerizing and the staff is always welcoming with a smile. Accommodation was comfortable and clean. There is something enchanting about this place that is calling me back ~ Monica G
Venue HighlightsHollyhock sits on the traditional territories of the Klahoose, Tla’amin, Homalco Nations. We are committed to renewing our relationships with the First Nations peoples on whose territories we are guests.
Since 1982 Hollyhock has built upon the history of this land as a place of gathering, a pioneering homestead, and the site of an important human potential education centre. On this foundation of gathering, pioneering and learning, Hollyhock’s founders dreamed of creating a lifelong learning and leadership curriculum to inspire, nourish and support people intent on service to a better world.
Hollyhock became a not-for-profit in 2006 to strengthen carrying out our mission into the future. With your help we can keep this as a thriving centre for skill-building, lifelong learning and stewardship of the natural world, inspiring, nourishing and supporting people making the world better for another 30+ years.
AccommodationsA variety of accommodations are located throughout our lush campus, ranging in price to suit most budgets. Choose from private, beachfront or ocean facing rooms, dorm-style lodging or cabins that nestle in the quiet seclusion of the forest. Our beautiful campsites are also available, with a cedar bath house conveniently located for your use.
Room fees include all Hollyhock basics, like stimulating presenter evenings, delicious, organic meals, morning yoga/meditation classes, guided naturalist walks and tours of the garden, as well as luxurious soaks in our ocean-view hot-tubs. Telephones and wireless Internet are centrally located.
Room Options Include:
Single: 1 Person
Twin: Couple or Friends, 2 beds.
Couple: Couples or Friends sharing 1 bed.
Family/Friends: 3 or more adult friends or family /2 beds
Dorm: Up to 6 people/bunk beds
Tenting with full-service bath house (bring your own tent and bedding)
Roommates can be assigned, upon request, in twin and dorm rooms only.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Hot Tub
- Dairy Free
Menu/CuisineA feast for the senses! Renowned fresh, sumptuous food has made our Hollyhock kitchen famous. Our French-Intensive garden supplies vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowers to each meal, gracing your table with food that is nourished with care every step of the way.
Our healthy, organic, vegetarian fare features ingredients from our abundant gardens located just outside our kitchen door, and well as local BC foods.
Meals at Hollyhock are globally-inspired and prepared with love and skill in our Hollyhock kitchen. Enjoy weekly wild seafood dinners and beach-side oyster appetizer barbecues. We serve organic grains and organic produce sourced locally, whenever possible. Organic herbs, flowers, greens, and vegetables are harvested daily from the Hollyhock garden. Our orchard produces many beautiful fruits featured on the dessert menu seasonally and served in our 24/7 fruit bowl, offering. Our meals are created and served “family style”.
DirectionsOur address is: PO Box 127, Manson’s Landing
Cortes Island, B.C. V0P 1K0 Canada
There are a variety of ways to get here. They include:
1 hr from Vancouver
2 hrs from Seattle
Fly & Water Taxi:
2 hrs from Vancouver
3 hrs from Seattle
Approx 6 hrs from Vancouver
Approx 10 hrs from Seattle
Public Trnsport (Ferry)
Approx 6 hrs from Vancouver
Approx 10 hrs from Seattle
Lighten your footprint and cost by sharing a ride with a fellow Hollyhock traveler – you might make a new friend! Create a free account on our secure Ride Share Board.
Electric Charging Station:
We are proud to offer an electric vehicle charging station on campus. Plan your stops with PlugShare.
Complimentary for Onsite guests to and from ferry, seaplane, water taxi and ferries.