Santa Fe, NM, July 30, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- AROHO Retreat Gives Women Writers Support Needed.
Eighty diverse women writers converge at Ghost Ranch for Unusual Retreat.
August 8-14, A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO) will host a diverse group of 80 women writers at Ghost Ranch, in New Mexico.
Notable attendees include Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson, Red Hen Press Editor Kate Gale, Writer’s House President Amy Berkower, newly-published author Mary Johnson, whose non-fiction book “An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life,” will be available in stores in September.
Each day, program activities incorporate morning movement classes like “Illumination: A Photographic Stroll” with Elizabeth Kenneday, artist and Emerita Professor of Art at California State University, and an afternoon Mind Stretch like “Writing: Art, Process, Life” with Bassett.
Other gatherings include, “Writing as Wilderness Wander” with award-winning poet, Mary Beath; “Thwarting Expectations” with artist, Barb Johnson; and “Writing in a Time of Violence” with award-winning poet, Dora McQuaid.
“This is a unique cooperative,” said Darlene Chandler Bassett, co-founder of AROHO. “We host this retreat for established writers, whether published or not, for the purpose of giving them the time and space they need to work.”
Unlike a writing workshop, the AROHO event puts a new spin on writing retreats.
“Our gatherings aren’t designed to teach writers what they don’t know,” Bassett said. “They are designed to give writers opportunities to discover new connections and to provide them with an atmosphere that encourages creativity.”
Writers are encouraged and supported in their choices, whether they are to attend each day’s activities or to write in a secluded spot for the entire week.
“We are here to provide women writers with the support and the room they need to write,” said Mary Johnson, co-founder of AROHO and author of “An Unquenchable Thirst” available through Random House this September. “What that means differs for each writer, and we embrace that.”
Johnson points to her own experience as proof.
“It was through my connection with AROHO that I was supported in completing my MFA and writing “An Unquenchable Thirst,” Johnson said. “I was supported, but I did the work and made my own choices, and my life has changed because of it.”
AROHO, founded in 2000 by Darlene Chandler Bassett and Mary Johnson, is a transformational collective that changes the lives of creative women by honoring artistic excellence and moving artists out of isolation to a whole community
The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization provides a unique arts program to impact cultural development. It works to help women writers and artists go the full journey from inspiration, through creative production, and on to the marketplace.
AROHO is dedicated to furthering the vision of Virginia Woolf and bridging the gap between a woman’s economic reality and her artistic creation. It works to bridge this gap by offering generous financial support to women of diverse artistic expression—the written arts (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting), as well as the visual arts (painting, sculpture, and photography). AROHO furthers Woolf’s vision by providing moral support and professional guidance to independent, creative women who are committed to their art.
Through $50,000 biennial Gift of Freedom awards, unique Writers' Retreat experiences, and the AROHO Book Club and blog, A Room of Her Own Foundation empowers women and educates the community about the important work of female artists and writers.