By SARAH CHAIN
Daily Record/Sunday News
When Christine Lincoln first moved to York County in 2005, she had been writing fiction and creative nonfiction for about five years. Accustomed to a thriving writers’ community in Baltimore, where she was born and raised, Lincoln also sought connections within the York writing community.
What she found was discouraging, she said.
“There are maybe small pockets of writers who get together,” said the 47-year-old Manchester Township resident. “But what I found was the ones that were already formed were very tight-knit.”
Motivated by the desire to teach the basic crafts of writing — from developing compelling characters to creating believable dialogue — Lincoln is working to create a writing community of her own, where anyone would be comfortable. Having taught writing workshops off and on for the past decade, she decided an overnight retreat seemed a natural next step.
Slated for 6 p.m. April 12 to 9 p.m. April 13 at Grace Manor Bed and Breakfast in York, the writer’s retreat will cover eight sessions, from characters, plots and dialogue to description, action and voice. There will also be time for workshopping individual pieces.
“One of the first things I tell my group, is that it’s absolutely possible to take a book, look at what a writer’s done and figure it out on your own,” Lincoln said. “But community, nothing else can substitute for that.”
The weekend is sponsored by A Woman’s Word Productions, an umbrella company Lincoln started a few years ago that produces film and stage productions and operates a small printing press.
“Our vision is to publish those voices that are not typically in the mainstream,” Lincoln said.
She aims to keep the retreat small — 25 or fewer writers — and create connections so that even after the weekend, they’ll remain reading partners or friends, she said.
One way Lincoln plans to encourage continued interaction is through a writing center at 324 W. Market St. in York. Currently in the process of readying the space, Lincoln said her goal is to open the space to writers by the end of April or early May.
“Writers can rent space and work on books,” she said. “And we’ll also have classes, lectures, readings. My goal is to develop and market the writing center to become a hub for published authors and a major stop for authors when they are doing their book tours and literary events.”
If you go
What: Writer’s Retreat
When: 6 p.m. April 12 through 9 p.m. April 13
Where: Grace Manor Bed and Breakfast, 258 W. Market St., York
Cost: $275, which includes lunch Saturday. Overnight accommodations at Grace Manor are not included. Limited scholarship assistance is available.
Details: Call Christine Lincoln at 717-654-7047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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