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Plan a DIY writing retreat this summer

Sick of staring at your own four walls? Here are tips for creating an alternative writing vacation.

An RV is parked near a picnic table overlooking mountains and a beautiful lake.
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I run the creative writing program at Ringling College of Art and Design, and I haven’t set foot on campus since March 2020. No joke. On one hand, that hasn’t been a problem because I’ve been holding classes via Zoom. But on the other hand, staying away has become an issue for me as a writer. Whenever I really needed to get some writing done, I hustled over to my semi-swanky school office, put a “ZOMBIE OUTBREAK – STAY AWAY” sign on the door, and engaged in some marathon writing. No longer!

As good as I’ve been about getting writing done at home in the meantime, I’m utterly sick of my home office. (I even had to take down the “Pay No Attention to My Browsing History – I’m a Writer, Not a Serial Killer” poster because, well, it’s less funny after seeing it a zillion days in a row.) And let’s be honest – we all have plenty of idiosyncratic distractions and comforts on our home turf that can keep us from writing.

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