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Scribente Maternum Writing Retreats

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Retreats specially curated for writers who identify as mothers

Scribente Maternum was formed out of a desire to find balance between our children as writing inspiration and their perpetual presence as writing distraction. Join us for our next chance to write together as a community:

Write Like a Mother Retreat

November 7-10, 2024

Coco Northeast

In the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis arts district

This retreat includes:

  • Time and space to write

  • Curated craft sessions with acclaimed writers and teachers

  • Supportive feedback (and space to share more than just writing)

  • Mindfulness practices and intentional movement

  • The unique and brave Scribente Maternum writer-moms community

  • Opportunities to explore and support the arts and culture of the Twin Cities

  • FREE writer goodies, curated from vendors across the upper Midwest

Additional amenities:

  • Welcome reception on Thursday evening

  • Breakfast each morning

  • Lunch each day

  • Saturday night dinner together as a group

  • Opportunities to experience other arts and culture in the Twin Cities area

  • Celebratory closing session, including opportunities for participants to share their work.

Investment 

  • We work very hard to keep the cost of our retreats as affordable as possible, never charging more than our expenses:

    • Only 7 "Super planner" tickets: $497 (Until April 1, 2024 or while supplies last) SOLD OUT

    • 15 "Still on top of things" tickets: $527 (Until September 15, 2024 or while supplies last) Just a few left!

    • 10 "Life is crazy enough" standard-rate-but-still-a-steal tickets: $547 (Until November 1, 2024 or while supplies last)

  • New this year! Reserve your space with only a nonrefundable $97 deposit. Then, submit the balance by September 30. We'll include a link in your first confirmation email and will also send you a reminder a week before that balance is due. Bonus: all pricing tier discounts still apply! Follow this link to register with just a deposit.

  • Free and discounted retreats: We know retreats are necessary for everyone, but not always possible. To that end, we offer a You Deserve to Be Here fund, supported by generous sponsors and our own retreat participants. Apply for those funds here.

  • Bonus: Two Black writer-mothers from Minnesota are able to attend Scribente Maternum's retreat in Minneapolis at absolutely no cost! Apply for those funds here by April 1, 2024. This opportunity is in memory of past retreat participants' mothers. If you would like to honor or memorialize someone by sponsoring a writing retreat, drop us a line and let us know.

Travel and Lodging:

  • Lodging: While registration does not include lodging, there are a number of short-term rentals in Northeast Minneapolis. We are also working to secure a block of rooms nearby.

  • Travel: Northeast Minneapolis is about a ten-minute drive from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport. There is plenty of street parking near Coco for locals who are driving.

Retreat Schedule

  • See tentative retreat schedule below -- schedule is subject to change.

  • Scroll to see the amazing facilitators who have facilitated past Write Like a Mother retreats. 

 

Tentative Retreat Schedule

Thursday, November 7

  • 5:00-7:00pm: Welcome Gathering at one of Northeast Minneapolis's amazing distilleries. Spirits, zero--proof cocktails, and food are all available for purchase. (optional)

Friday, November 8

  • 8:30-9:00am: Light breakfast and coffee from a local cafe/restaurant (included)

  • 9:00-9:30am: Welcome and intention-setting

  • 9:30-10:00am: Opening movement and centering

  • 10:00-11:00am: Introductions and time with small groups

  • 11:00am-12:30pm: Writing workshop

  • 12:30-2:00pm: Lunch from a local restaurant (included), plus time to write or bond with small groups

  • 2:00-3:30pm: Workshop

  • 3:30-4:30pm: Debriefing and conversation with small groups

  • 4:30pm: Closing and group photo

  • 5:30pm: Dinner out (optional; location TBD)

Saturday, November 9

  • 8:30-9:00am: Light breakfast and coffee from a local cafe/restaurant (included)

  • 9:00-9:30am: Welcome and intention-setting

  • 9:30-10:00am: Opening movement and centering

  • 10:00-11:00am: Debriefing and conversation with small groups

  • 11:00am-12:30pm: Writing workshop

  • 12:30-2:00pm: Lunch from a local restaurant (included) and more time to write or hang with small groups

  • 2:00-4:00pm: Experiential art and writing experience at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

  • 4:30-5:00pm: Closing with small groups at ModernWell

  • 5:00pm: Large group ceremonial closing at ModernWell

  • 6:00pm: Group celebratory dinner at ModernWell, catered by local restaurant. Includes an opportunity to share your writing (all included)

Sunday, November 10

  • 10:00am: Tour of Paisley Park Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, just west of Minneapolis (optional; additional advance registration and ticket required)

  • 11:00am: Brunch at the home of one of our co-founders, five minutes from Paisley Park (optional; additional advance registration required)

See you next year!

Past Retreat Facilitators

Incredible facilitators have lead sessions at our Write Like a Mother retreats. We are working hard to secure facilitators for this year's event. If you are a writer in the Minneapolis area and would be interested in facilitating, please let us know.

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