2022 Summer Program


Class #94

Women Writer's Retreat

Sharon Davis

September 25 - October 1, 2022

instructor imageIs there a story you want to tell? Is it stuck inside your head itching to get out? Whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, long or short, you need time to get it written. You need quiet, privacy, encouragement and support. So how about writing in a beautiful space with delicious meals prepared for you?

This class offers a week of hours to call your own. Most mornings are uninterrupted writing time. After lunch, you are free to take a nap, walk, read or to continue writing. In late afternoons, the group will gather for feedback sessions aimed to encourage and to make the work shine.

You will also have an opportunity to sign up for a private meeting with Sharon to discuss your work or other writing issues.

Whether you are writing a short story, crafting a memoir or working on your book, you are bound to make progress as you join a community of women writers dedicated to their work.

The Women’s Writing Retreat was created by author/teacher Judy Bridges, who led the class for many years, and who asked Sharon to be her successor.

Bring your favorite writing tools and devices: pens, pencils, notebook, computer, etc. If you have Judy Bridges’ book Shut Up & Write!, please bring it. Both Judy’s book and Sharon’s memoir are available for purchase at The Clearing Bookstore.

Sharon Nesbit-Davis is an author, artist and storyteller. She began her arts career by escaping from college and joining a mime troupe. She worked as a solo mime artist performing for festivals, theaters and schools. In 1996, Sharon joined the staff of the Rockford Area Arts Council and retired as the Executive Director in 2020. Sharon’s connection to The Clearing began in 2010 when she discovered Judy Bridges’ Women Writers Retreat, which resulted in Sharon’s recently published memoir, Intended, a Marriage in Black & White. Sharon conducts memoir writing and creative recharge retreats which include storytelling, writing and painting. Sharon and her husband, George, are co-founders of StoryVine Theater, which adapts and performs traditional stories from around the world.

Sharon will contact students prior to class.

Level: Intermediate
Web: www.sharonnesbitdavis.com

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals


NEW IN 2022! In order to register online, you will need to sign into a Clearing User Account. Complete user account info and "How To's" can be found on our Clearing User Account Page.