The very first Words in the Hills Retreat will be hosted at Camp Oty’ Okwa on May 6th-8th in the beautiful Hocking Hills. This 3-day writing retreat welcomes creative writers of all genres and experience levels. Poets, novelists, songwriters, essayists, and anyone who enjoys the art of writing are invited to join in this supportive environment. You will leave refreshed and inspired!
- A place where you can explore and grow in different areas of your writing and creativity....a place where you can receive support and feedback from peers
-A classroom of tall trees, quiet fields, waterfalls, and open skies
-A weekend that brings more joy to your hobby or career... a weekend that helps you find the next step in your journey....
Welcome to Words in the Hills!
This year, we're excited to offer on-site tent camping (non-electrical) situated on private camp property which boasts over 700+ acres nestled in the Hocking Hills located in SE Ohio. Camp sites are not car camping accessible. We have a few rustic bunk house cabins available. If you choose to vehicle camp, please reach out to us.
A bathhouse offers indoor toilets, sinks, and showers.
Hearty meals are included and served in the Dining Lodge.
We attempt to accommodate all individuals, however, due to the terrain, some activities might be challenging to those with physical limitations.
Please reach out to us with questions
Start the morning with a short hike and write in the woods. Megan Bee will guide you as you wake up your senses to the environment around you and practice observation writing.
We will read and reflect on poems by a variety of writers inspired, like us, by the fragile and enduring beauty of the natural world. This is a session of writing rather than study! and these poems will be springboards, and perhaps offer scaffolding, for our own thoughts. You don’t have to consider yourself a poet to participate: you only have to be curious and willing to follow the paths of your own imagination, while listening to trees and birds and the wind. Language belongs to us all, as does the earth, and anyone can find pleasure in the exploration of both.
Do you ever get stuck? Don’t know where to start? Feel like you’re just writing the same thing again? We’ll dive into writing exercises to get us started and shake it up. This is a perfect workshop for a beginner writer or a seasoned veteran who just wants to mix it up and try something new. We’ll write together and you’ll leave with a list of resources to help you stay motivated and writing.
Anna will show how her story GOLDEN DELICIOUS: A CINDERELLA APPLE STORY grew from the seed of an idea to a published book, while giving insights into the basics of writing a children's picture book.
Want to write a song today? In this workshop Bruce will lead you through a short writing warm up, and the group will co-write a song using the scaffolding method. Bruce will use the original work to illustrate the Four Rules of Writing. Then use what you’ve learned to write your own song!
This class welcomes both beginners as well as master musicians.
Participants will work through several exercises that will generate a wealth of ideas for a future memoir or story, as well as crafting drafts of at least two poems.
Saturday night open mic! Bring your guitar, your poem, or your story to share.
Of course, our retreat wouldn't be complete without music, poetry, and stories around the campfire.
Bring your tent and camp in the field under the stars or under the trees in the shade.
Each bunkhouse can sleep up to 8 individuals. To rent a bunkhouse for your group, please reach out to us. If you would like to reserve a single spot, please mark your selection when registering.
If you plan to camp in your vehicle please reach out to us. There is no electric hook-up and your vehicle needs to fit in a standard parking space.