2 Birds One Stone

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!

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“Writers in Yellow Room.”   Faye Maddox Photography

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.

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“Genius at work.”   Faye Maddox Photography

“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,

Allyson

Montana Writer Retreats website.

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“Happy Writer, Teacher, Chef.”  Faye Maddox Photography

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