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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. Extraordinary writing exercises dissolve unseen barriers. Prompts and constraints in the style of the French surrealists and the renowned Oulipo ("workshop of potential literature") lead to hidden truths. The goal is to 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 writer of fiction and creative nonfiction with two decades of teaching experience.