The Spring Montana Writer’s Retreat is in Bozeman this April 27, 28, 29, 2018. This 3 day workshop rekindles a fresh beginning with your creativity and focuses on new techniques for “fleshing” out passages. Finding your core message will be explored. Beginners welcome.
For more information visit Montana Writer’s Retreat.
Here are some testimonials from the 3rd Annual Virginia City Winter Writer’s Retreat this February 2018 at the Elling House Arts and Humanities Center in Virginia City, Montana. A magical time was had by all!
“Once again you’ve outdone yourself with the Montana Writer’s Retreat. You juggled multiple genres—non-fiction essays, memoir, poetry, fiction—as well as diverse writing levels and project goals. You’re also sensitive to where each writer is at personally and any external pressures in their lives.
With all those factors in mind, while providing unified instruction for the group, you also customize writing exercises for each participant. You allow the group to chat and bond and then gently bring us back to the page. All beautifully balanced, well done.
Oh, and the food—nourishment of the body and brain! I’d need to write another post devoted solely to that!”
My Heartfelt Thanks,
“In my in-between art project times, I’m building bridges between current skills & experience to…where I want to go.
The amount of wisdom, engagement, and encouragement from these amazing writers was priceless. Thank you Allyson for leading and nurturing the way ❤️Keep pushing your limits of what you believe is possible for you to accomplish and in growing… both as an artist and an amazing human ”
“For one who has always found excuses to put off a dream, I am so glad I finally did not! This retreat was nourishing to my body (artful, creative, body pleasing food); soul (mentoring, encouragement, direction and such deep knowledge shared from a true professional); and heart (Allyson gave us permission to be selfish, make it about “us”, so “we were not there to make friends”,
but WE DID)❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️“
“This was a true learning experience for me, with so many bottled up ideas just running over my already full glass of wine….apple, grape, red and white!!! Just can’t wait for the next one!!! Thanks Allyson, and so nice to be able to share in a group that was warm, welcoming and easy. Much Love, when outside it was 0 degrees, inside was warm and purring. A motor running on all cylinders.”
Thank you to all the ladies who joined me at the Writer’s Retreat this winter!
See you next time,
I was lucky enough to get out of town for 12 days and head south to Sedona Arizona with my compadre Leslie and her dachshund, Louie. Seasoned travelers, all of us, we took Leslie’s car because it’s a Toyota Highlander, has Sirius radio and drives like a dream. There’s a lot of wide open spaces between Virginia City Montana and Arizona. Yeah, like Utah. America the beautiful never rang so true as it did along Highway 89.
JOIN US FOR THE TUPELO ELVIS FESTIVAL JUNE 1-4, 2017 for a rockin’ fun time! I will be there judging for the Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, participating in Conversations with Tom Brown, and signing copies of The Rebel and the King by Nick Adams.
For tickets go to Elvis Festival website
Hope to see you!
Duck Ugly is a new musical by Allyson Adams, based on the well known Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling. Duck Ugly travels as a misfit in a strange land meeting all sorts of magical and not so magical birds and animals of the forest while trying to find his true home. It’s an honor to have the play presented by The Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre at The Mother Lode in Butte, Montana on March 30 – April 2 for 5 performances.
Directed by Elizabeth Mangham Crase and choreographed by the playwright Allyson Adams, the cast of 40 children light up the stage with lively characters: Duck Ugly, Fairy God Dude Man (Elvis), Mama, Crazy Dee, Sly Cat, Chickie Low Legs and more. Songs include old favorites like Summertime, Sugar Sugar, Perfect by Alainis Morrisette, Don’t Be Shy, Trouble, Ain’t No Mountain and The Way That We Are by Montana songwriter, Judy Fjell.
Mother Lode Theatre is located at 316 W Park Street in Uptown Butte.Tickets for the show are available at Visit The Orphan Girl website Showtimes are Thurs. Friday Saturday at 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. $15 for Adults, $10 for Children 10 and under.
For Reservations Call 406-782-5657
Thank you to all the writers who joined me at the 2nd Annual Virginia City Winter Writer’s Retreat at The Elling House Arts and Humanities Center! A soulful, nourishing, creative time was had by all. Special thanks to our gracious hostess, as always, Toni James. Toni is the quiet, hardworking Lady of Elling House, also owns Ranks Mercantile and runs the Virginia City Volunteer Fire Department. Hats off to the woman in turnouts!
Montana women are a special breed and you only have to live through a few winters to appreciate the common sense, heartiness and ingenuity of those who call this rugged, last best place their home. So, for these brave ladies to call themselves “a writer” means that they are willing to add this deep practice to the list of their many other roles: mother, cowgirl, rancher, business owner, gardener, chicken farmer, actress, teacher, photographer, missionary worker, chef, spiritual healer, ghost writer, mother to special needs children, coach, wife and massage therapist. What a beautiful village.
Here’s what they had to say about the weekend.
“During the Writer’s Workshop, Allyson takes you through an archaeological dig of finding your voice. She helps you dust away the layers in order to craft the story each of us holds inside. She not only nourishes your soul, she feeds your body with delicious healthful food!” Faye
“It was truly inspirational! Thank you again for nourishing our bodies, minds and souls. Thank you for asking for my testimonial. Do IT! Sign UP! WRITE! And don’t forget your kleenex! Oh, here is a more polished piece: Attending the Writer’s Workshop was truly a gift to myself. Allyson’s techniques to instruct and inspire have set me off on a new path that I never would have expected to be on. Spending time with women writers was amazing as we shared of ourselves and gave input into one another’s stories. I did not only come away as a better writer after that weekend but I also came away enriched as a person. And for that I am profoundly touched.” Warm regards, Dawn
“Love you ❤ and thank you for being the teacher that turned it all around (for me anyway). I hope I can be the student to turn it all around for you too. I loved what you taught and the yummy meals and our stretches and everything about the class. I’m happy I stayed until the end.” Robin
“I left the workshop feeling recharged and reconnected to my creativity.” Jolene
“Dear Allyson, You gave your all this weekend! Thank you for the perfect mix of healing balm and stretching tips and advice. So what I needed at this moment in my career!” All the best, Anika
And thank you Writers for sharing yourselves, your work, dreams, hearts and souls. I can’t wait for the next chapter!
With deep respect and love,
Montana Writer Retreats website.
Unplug and leave the world behind Feb. 10-12, 2017 at The Elling House in historic Virginia City with Allyson Adams. What better place than our little ghost town to spark the imagination for a great story? Visit Montana Writer’s Retreat website.