“How to write your autobiography or family history, one story at a time.”
Nestled in the beautiful wide-open spaces of the Texas Hill Country, this new writing retreat at Mo-Ranch offers writing sessions in the morning and afternoon, group discussions, creative writing fuel, worship and recreation.
This writing retreat will be led by Dr. Jerry Lincecum and Dr. Peggy Redshaw, co-authors of “How to Write Your Life Story,” which encapsulates their proven strategy for memoir and family history writing. Jerry and Peggy have been teaching out-of-school adults for 25 years, coaxing hundreds of stories from writers and publishing a dozen collections of their work. Everyone has a story to tell! Click the leadership tab to learn more about our writing retreat leadership.
Writing workshops will build your confidence as you transform memories into short narratives and share your stories with others. The textbook is filled with prompts. and the leaders will share tips for starting your own story-sharing group and finding your own writing topics.
Retreat recreation highlights include a private reception and book signing in the Mo-Ranch Bookstore, wine and cheese reception, journal-making course led by our art program, engaging conversations with fellow writers and quiet time to explore the great outdoors of Mo-Ranch.
Register now, space is limited! Last year’s retreat sold out.
JERRY B. LINCECUM, a sixth-generation Texan, is a retired Professor of English at Austin College. He has degrees from Texas A&M and Duke University. He has done extensive research on his 3rd Great Grandfather, Dr. Gideon Lincecum, and coedited three books of Gideon’s memoirs and letters.
PEGGY A. REDSHAW, a native of central Illinois, is a retired Professor of Biology at Austin College. She holds degrees from Quincy University and Illinois State University. In addition to co-editing two books on Dr. Gideon Lincecum, Peggy was a contributing author to three Texas Folklore publications and published a paper on the 1918 Spanish Flu in the East Texas Historical Journal.
Since 1990, Jerry and Peggy have given major emphasis to helping out-of-school adults write and publish their memoirs and family histories. They have published a dozen volumes of stories by local writers. Their most recent publication, How to Write Your Life Story, is a condensation of more than 25 years of teaching elder writers.
2018 schedule, coming soon!
All participants will be housed in Wynne/Flato hotel rooms.
Single Occupancy: $680.00
Double Occupancy: $510.00
Commuter Rate: $305.00
A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 60 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 60 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund less $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.
What to Bring
Bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer, rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.
Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.
If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.