Elephant Rock Retreats harness the transformative power of writing in breathtaking natural settings. The aim of the retreats? To "peer over the edge of doubt" in the tradition of the Romantic poet John Keats. Keats developed the intriguing theory of "Negative Capability," the capacity to perceive unlimited possibility. We use extraordinary writing exercises to dissolve unseen barriers. Prompts and constraints in the style of the French surrealists and the renowned Oulipo  ("workshop of potential literature") lead you to hidden truths. Breathe life into your writing and rediscover your fierce original voice. All are welcome. Beginners will find a safe haven and experienced writers will be challenged to push through blocks. Retreats are facilitated by Jeannine Ouellette, award-winning creative essayist, author, and editor with two decades of writing and teaching experience. Jeannine also works individually with writers (book coaching, craft, and creative catalyst sessions). View her blog or website to learn more.  Jeannine is a member of the Authors Guild and an MFA candidate in fiction writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Photo by Eric Marmota

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