Every year our 4 days at E Bar L looks a little different. Here's a look at what happened during our 2016 Beargrass Writing Retreat.  Our final schedule for 2017 will be posted in early August. Join our newsletter for updates.

Saturday 8/27/2016

1:30      Registration/Check-in (cabins available by 3:00)

5:00      Orientation

5:30      Cocktail Hour with music by Caroline Keys and Jeff Turman  

              Artisanal cocktails by Montgomery Distillery

6:30      Dinner

8:00      Reading: James Galvin and Annick Smith, followed by signing

9:00      Introductions / Contributors’ Notes (bonfire to follow)

 Sunday 8/28

7:00      Breakfast

8:00      Horseback Trail Ride (pre-registration required)

8:30       Writing Activity with Philip Schaefer

10:00     Page to Screen: Adapting books to film with Andrew Smith and special guest Annick Smith

11:00      Perspectives on Publishing: Literary agent Kirby Kim and editor Patrick Thomas, along with special guests Malcolm Brooks and Amy Leach

12:30     Lunch

1:30       "Creature Comforts": Amy Leach, Todd Davis and Derek Sheffield read lyric essays and poems that attend to our non-human companions, followed by brief Q&A

2:30      “Questions of Travel”: Sam Michel and David Allan Cates read fiction and discuss how their extensive travels to South America have informed their work

 4:00      Open Mic with M.C.  Peter Mulvey

5:30       Cocktail Hour with music by Peter Mulvey

               Artisanal cocktails by Montgomery Distillery

6:30      Dinner

8:00      Reading: Noy Holland and Shann Ray, followed by signing

9:00      Bonfire

Monday 8/29

7:00      Breakfast

8:30      “Opening the Space Within”: generative writing walkabout with ZG Tomazweski

10:00     "Shaping Your Story”: memoir craft talk with Susanna Sonnenberg

11:00     "The Land’s Language”: poetry reading with ML Smoker and Tami Haaland

12:30      Lunch

1:30       "The Sweet Revision of Memory": fiction craft talk with Jack Driscoll

2:30      “Alternate Routes to the Book”: journalists-turned-authors Jo Deurbrouk and Brad Tyer discuss their paths to publication   

4:00      The State of the Short Story”: MT writers Kevin Canty and Callan Wink read short fiction, followed by a Q&A

5:30      Cocktail Hour with music by Peter Mulvey

6:30      Dinner

8:00      Reading: Richard Fifield and Susanna Sonnenberg

9:00      Reception & Bonfire


Tuesday 8/30                 

7:00      Breakfast

10:30     "Such Sweet Sorrow”: Parting Poems w/ Derek Sheffield

12:00      Check out of cabin

12:30      Lunch / Departure

Schedule subject to change.

Missoula's independent bookstore Fact & Fiction will be selling books on-site throughout the retreat.