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About the Instinct Retreat

We all have stories that we want to share with the world, but what happens when the blank page is too daunting to get started? How do we put aside our inhibitions and just write?

The Instinct Retreat is a crash course in intuitive writing. It aims to teach participants how to let go of their reservations and listen to the creative voice inside of them. The Instinct Retreat is about producing first drafts and not worrying about making them perfect on the first try. It will encourage participants to jump into a poem headfirst and see where it leads them, rather than agonize first over the planning. 

The Instinct Retreat is for anybody that’s struggled with just getting their thoughts out of their head and onto the page. It’s also for anybody that feels like they’re in a “writer’s block” and wants a fresh perspective on their craft. We’re excited to write with you.

caitlin conlon + ari b. cofer




march 31 - april 3, 2023

Your instructors

caitlin conlon + ari b. cofer

Caitlin Conlon is a writer from upstate New York with a loyal audience across social media platforms, most notably on Instagram. Caitlin has previously been published in Thought Catalog, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and Rust + Moth, among others. When she isn’t writing, she spends most of her free time working through her towering piles of unread books. She enjoys plants, astrology, the color yellow, crewneck sweaters, libraries, and the sound of violins. You can find her at @cgcpoems almost anywhere.

Ari B. Cofer (she/they) is a poet and writer, the author of 'paper girl and the knives that made her' and 'unfold' (forthcoming, 2023). Shortly after receiving her bachelor’s degree in professional writing from Baylor University, she, her husband, and their two pets relocated to the Pacific Northwest. Ari’s work has curated an engaged audience on social media and has been widely featured in sites such as Buzzfeed and The Mighty. While she enjoys a good love poem, she hopes to continue her mental health advocacy by writing on topics like depression, trauma, and recovery. You can find her on instagram at @ari.b.cofer.

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