Last year we partnered with the wonderful folks from Writers & Words to co-run our first-ever writing retreat. We loved working together so much that we’re doing it again! With our powers combined, Writers & Words and Ink Press Productions Present “The Woods” running from December 6 – December 9, 2018.



Here’s what some of our past retreaters had to say!

I felt welcome throughout the weekend, and although I knew very few people at the outset I walked away with new acquaintances and a positive feeling.



I loved it. I was SO SCARED and considered bailing many times, including the day of. I just felt totally insecure and like I was going to go in without having written anything and be around all these people who are writing books and shit and it was not like that AT ALL. It was great. The setting was really lovely, the people were all so kind and warm and also equally freaked out. It just felt like I was with my tribe.

I was very impressed with all aspects of the event: the location, the organizers, the workshops, the food, and my fellow participants. I'm happy I was selected to be part of it, and hope I contributed to the quality of the whole.

I loved this retreat and wish it was every month. I got back the creative energy and motivation that I thought was totally evaporated from me. Everyone was on a similar level of cool/ intelligent/ awkward/ not judgemental/ interested/ open and everything I needed was there and taken care of.

THE WOODS is a writing retreat in the lovely Cacapon State Park, West Virginia.

What will happen during the retreat?

We’re glad you asked:

  • A long weekend of writing and meeting other writers

  • Shared, communal cabins

  • Optional activities per day to get your blood pumping and your artistic juices flowing

  • Heat and electricity, comfort, no internet

  • Copious fireplace usage

  • Games of the literary kind

  • Optional workshops and activities

  • Camaraderie


COST: For 3 nights and 3 days, the cost is as follows:

  • $250 for a shared room (a twin bed in a room with one other person)

  • $300 for a private room (double bed in a private room)

  • Cost includes (vegetarian) meals, some booze, swag, valuable time to write, and access to optional activities and workshops.

SAFETY: Writers & Words and Ink Press Productions reserves the right to decline and rescind invitations or request the departure of a participant at any time should issues of safety arise. Safety is our first priority, and aggressive, dangerous or hateful behavior will not be tolerated.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will only be open from August 1 to September 30, 2018. Applications submitted before and after this window will be automatically placed on the waitlist.

If you’re wondering about something we didn’t address, please drop us a line @writersandwords[at]gmail[dot]com, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!


WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR: Writers & Words and Ink Press Productions are always looking for people who will add to our community of writers in a positive and supportive way.  Our writing retreats are an opportunity for us to do just that. We need to know you're cool with spending a long weekend in the woods, with us, in small cabins, and that you are serious about getting work done while having a good time with fellow retreat-goers. Basically, we want assurance that you'll follow our one and only rule: Don't be a jerk.


It doesn't matter if you’ve been published multiple times, have written for years, or are just getting started - The Woods is for all. All non-jerks that is.


Go here to fill out an application.

We hope to see you at The Woods!