AllWriters’ Retreat


Come for four days of intense writing immersion at the 13th Annual AllWriters’ Retreat! Our retreat is located in the Maria House at the beautiful and peaceful Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center in Techny, Illinois ( Our focus for the weekend is writing, writing, writing. The place is ours from Thursday at 3:00 p.m. through Sunday at 2:00 p.m.. You will have the entire four-day weekend, to write, talk with other writers, and write, and write…and write.

The event officially kicks off on Thursday evening at seven o’clock with a lecture. Typically, it’s given by AllWriters’ director, Kathie Giorgio. But in 2018, we will be bringing in a guest lecturer! Details are still being worked out, so that will be announced soon.

On Friday and Saturday nights, writers will form into a large workshop. Pages will be turned in three weeks in advance (due 5/24) of the retreat, so everyone will come to the table prepared. Participants will each receive a half-hour of workshop critique and discussion. Then, on Sunday morning, writers will gather again to complete the workshop so that every participant has a chance to have their work discussed. The event will end with an energizing creativity exercise that will keep your enthusiasm going after you get home. All participants will also receive a one-on-one consultation with Kathie.

Techny Towers is 30 minutes away from O’Hare. There is no need to rent a car. We will come to pick you up. The Amtrak station is close by as well.

Breakfast will be provided on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For lunch, we will be bringing in a variety of sandwich fixings so that you can create your own sandwich based on your own dietary choices. For dinner on Thursday, you will be on your own, but plenty of us will be heading out to find sustenance. There are grocery stores and a variety of restaurants close by. On Friday, we will be serving two homemade chilies, one with meat and one vegan, along with a fresh salad and bread, and on Saturday, we will sit down together to a wonderful dinner in the main building at Techny Towers.

While Techny Towers provides everything, you may want to bring a few comforts from home…towels, snacks, and whatever it is you use to write. This is a wonderful place to be…the grounds are beautiful, the area is peaceful, and sure to inspire.

Everyone will have their own bedroom, complete with bed, dresser, desk, and sink. Showers are dorm-style. We have room for 20 writers! Come on out!

The retreat will be held from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 17. The cost is $450.