Creative Retreat – October 5-7, 2018

Creative Retreat

2018 Creative Retreat

Creative energy for your projects & your soul!

Oct. 5-7, 2018

Attendance is limited in both tracks. Registration opens May 1. The first 10 registrants will receive a limited-edition ceramic Creative Retreat mug.

For MSTA members: A scholarship is available for CR18. Submit an essay of no more than 200 words explaining what the Creative Retreat could do for you. Email your essay and complete contact information to Sarah Kohnle, by July 28.

For writers & photographers

Get away from the busyness of life for a weekend this fall. Take time to slow down at our annual retreat for writers and photographers along the scenic banks of the Jacks Fork River in the historic Ozark Waterways. There will be time to learn and time to create. Participants will stay in rustic cabins and enjoy family-style meals in the dining hall. Grab a friend and register early!


First draft to final submission

Award-winning YA author Brian Katcher will help you move your writing project from just an idea to a finished work. In addition, he will discuss writing for the young adult market and cover top books in that genre. Tap into fresh ideas as you take time to write in response to Brian’s prompts.

Special deal for writers:
Have your work-in-progress critiqued by award-winning author Brian Katcher. Please submit a maximum of 15 pages to by September 1 and get personal feedback at the Creative Retreat. Remember, free advice is worth what you pay for it.

Pitch session!

Writers: Here is your chance to pitch your book in person. Justin Wells, junior literary agent with the Corvisiero Literary Agency, will be on hand at the Creative Retreat. Be prepared to give a brief synopsis of your book, including who your audience is and what makes your book different.


Planning and creating photographs, from start to finish

Taking a photo is more than just clicking a button. Spend a weekend under the guidance of professional photographer Bill Helvey as you learn techniques to create a memorable photograph. Bill will cover shooting fundamentals, composition, image editing and final effects to help you create a lasting and emotional image that you, and others, could treasure.

Fee: $240 for MSTA members; $280 for nonmembers. Includes workshop fee and lodging in shared cabins Friday and Saturday; three meals on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Learn more from Sarah Kohnle at

Brought to you by the Missouri State Teachers Association. The retreat is open to the public.

Cancellations prior to July 1 will receive a full refund. Cancellations between July 2-Sept. 1 will receive a full refund minus a 30 percent administration fee. Cancellations after Sept. 1 are nonrefundable.

Here’s what past CR participants considered the most beneficial aspect:

“Focus provided on writing in a wonderful environment away from cell phones, computer Internet and distractions.”

“Focusing on writing without distractions.”

“I learned how to use my camera. Bill was very helpful and willing to answer all questions.”

“I felt I was introduced to new ideas to stimulate writing.”

“Camaraderie and rest.”

“It gave me a chance to laugh and unwind in nature.”

Contact Sarah Kohnle at for more details.


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