Days include free time to roam the rolling acreage of this 12th-century medieval castle, some scheduled workshop time with a nurturing writing community lead by two writing professionals, three buffet-style organic meals, and an optional day-long cultural excursion to Elsinore and ‘Kronborg’ (Hamlet’s castle).
Other points of interest while in the Danish capital might be Out of Africa author Karen Blixen’s estate, Hans Christian Andersen’s and Søren Kierkegaard’s gravesites, the Royal Danish Library and The Little Mermaid canal tour. These tours may be done on your own during your free time.
For optimal attention to your work, retreat is limited to 15 participants. English is the primary language we use in our international workshops and retreats. Non-native English speakers are welcome to use this opportunity to polish magazine articles, book chapters, blog posts and other writing into perfect, publishable English. Anja is fluent in both Danish and English and able to offer feedback in either.
Content of workshops is based on the needs of participants. Potential topics include:
– Writing Personal Narratives
- Research & creativity
- Metaphor, Simile and Avoiding Cliches
- Scene, Summary & Dialogue
- Stimulating Creativity
- Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Journalism
- Character development
- Memory vs. Truth
- Exploring Danish Literature
- Blogging and social media
- Pitching for Publication
Sharing written work and exchanging feedback with fellow writers is invaluable. Workshopping can help anyone openly interested in improving his or her writing. You don’t necessarily need teachers or editors. You don’t need prescriptive advice about what changes to make in your piece. You need what a book called Writing Without Teachers calls “movies of people’s minds while they read your words.” First drafts may be rough, but they can only be improved if we learn how people perceive our words.
The cannons at Kronborg Castle facing Sweden.