Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Announcing Writing Retreats at the Highland Lake Inn

Andover, NH – Pecco and Gail Beaufaÿs, proprietors of the Highland Lake Inn in Andover, NH, are pleased to announce their creative collaboration with writing coach Deborah McKew of Words in Play, to offer their guests a variety of writing retreats throughout the year.
“We are excited to work with Deb on these special events,” says Pecco. “She has a lot of experience in presenting writing workshops and weekend programs, and we have the perfect setting for them.” 
Upcoming retreats at the Highland Lake Inn include:

  • Writing the Holiday Letter November 5-7, 2010 The holidays are a good time to reconnect with family and friends. Many people choose to write a letter instead of sending impersonal Christmas or other holiday cards. In this workshop, participants will generate ideas, shape those ideas into a cohesive message, and frame that message around the holidays they celebrate.
  • The Art of Writing Love Letters February 11-13, 2011 What better time to rekindle this age-old tradition than in a romantic setting over Valentine’s weekend? In this retreat workshop, guests will explore love letters of the past to discover their joys  and secrets, as well as to glean guidelines of how to express one’s innermost longings. Putting pen to paper, we’ll craft our own love letters. “Be still my heart?” Never! Let us live, love, and write passionately!
  • Cooking up a Storm: Recipe and Cookbook Writing March 13-17, 2011 This event will be a real treat—literally! In this unique cooking and writing workshop, participants will learn how to translate favorite meals into accurate recipes, how to create a menu centered around a theme, how to develop new recipes and how to tell the story behind the dish. Guests don’t have to be chefs or writers to participate. Anyone interested in cooking or writing about cooking is welcome. 

The Highland Lake Inn, originally built as a gentleman’s farmhouse in 1767, is located in Andover, NH, on seven acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, which adjoin a 21-acre nature preserve. The Inn is ideally located for all four seasons of recreation and relaxation. With vistas of neighboring Highland Lake and Kearsarge Mountain, guests can enjoy all the best of what New Hampshire has to offer. The Inn is also located at the trail head of the Northern Rail Trail, a perfect place to snowmobile and cross-country ski in the winter months and walk and bike in the spring, summer and fall. Honoring Pecco’s European upbringing, the Highland Lake Inn serves its guests with Old World charm and hospitality.
Deb McKew, founder of Words in Play, offers writing classes, workshops, and travel programs. The focus of the workshops is on the creative process; students share their enthusiasm for writing and learn from each other in new ways. Deb McKew has a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University’s College of Communication and a teaching certificate from the Upper Valley Teacher Institute. She is a contributing editor to Kearsarge Magazine and an adjunct writing professor at Colby-Sawyer College