Announcing the Opening of the Flatiron Writers Room!

The new Flatiron Writers Room at 5 Covington Street in West Asheville is open for business!  Learn about the space at See below for information about the Flatiron Writers Room’s inaugural event, a Pop-Up Retreat January 28, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This day is for You and Your Writing.

Writing is a lonely business–but it doesn’t have to be! Make writing time one of your New Year’s resolutions and join us in our new space at the Flatiron Writers Room in West Asheville for a day-long retreat that includes communal writing, time for yourself, an individual session with novelist Heather Newton and fellowship with other participants. You can also add on an optional neck and shoulder massage. Save the date now and let your loved ones know that this gift of writing time is what you want for the holidays! See complete agenda and cancellation policy below and register via Eventbrite here: Retreat Registration

You may register by check by mailing your check and a valid email address so we can send you event information to: Flatiron Writers Room, LLC, 252 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC  28806. Space is limited–you will be registered if space is available when we receive your check.  We will email you confirmation of registration.

Retreat Agenda:

9:30-10:00am: Get settled, get coffee or tea and a pastry, meet other participants and your hosts Maggie Marshall and Heather Newton, choose a time for your individual meeting with Heather and your optional 20-minute “Writer’s Massage” – a neck, head and shoulder massage by a professional massage therapist. Parking is available in the rear of our building or along Covington Street.

10:00-10:45am: Communal writing prompt led by Heather and time to get to know each other.

10:45-noon: Individual writing time. You’ll be writing in proximity to others, with your cell phone turned off. We may have internet but we won’t tell you the password. Please respect your fellow writers by being quiet during writing time.  We’ll provide a telephone number where your loved ones can reach you in a genuine emergency. It may help you to come prepared with a personal goal or task that you’d like to tackle this morning.

Noon-1pm: Lunch. We hope you’ll join us next door at UpCountry to get to know us and your fellow retreaters (cost not included in retreat fee), but you are also welcome to find lunch on your own. Ask us for recommendations for good places to eat close by.

1 pm-4pm: Individual writing time. Need a prompt? A craft book? We’ll have both available for you in the Flatiron Writers Room. Also during this time for an additional $20 fee, slip out for your massage.

4pm: Pencils down. Congratulate yourself for a day well spent bending words to your will. Join your fellow writers for a glass of wine or beer or a non-alcoholic beverage and let us know how your day went.

Throughout the day (10:45am-4pm):

Meet Heather just a few doors down at Izzy’s coffee shop at your assigned time, to talk about whatever you want. Is a character giving you trouble? Need to make a choice about point of view? Want to talk about how to find an agent or pitch your book? Need to commiserate about lack of time to write? This twenty minutes is for you to use in any way you wish. If ambulating the one block to Izzy’s is a problem for you, simply let us know and Heather will meet with you at the Flatiron Writers Room.

Throughout the day, Maggie will be available at the Flatiron Writers Room if you have questions or needs. We’ll provide snacks and beverages, and let us know if you need anything. 20-minute “Writer’s Massage” will be provided in the afternoon for an additional $20 fee courtesy of Melissa Burdeos of Curative Massage & Bodywork. Register for this add-on through Eventbrite.

Inclement weather: If we postpone the retreat due to weather, we will email you and post an announcement on our website by 7am on January 28, 2017. The weather make-up day for the retreat is Saturday, February 4, 2017.

The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel the retreat if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund.

You may cancel your registration up until January 21, 2017 via Eventbrite for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.

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