PWR Retreats for 2017

By Megan Burkhart a professional writing student at Taylor University

One of the unique things about the PWR major is the retreats we organize every spring and fall semester. These retreats are mini writer’s conferences with workshops given by upperclassmen. We also have food, games (including an elevator pitch game), and plenty of laughter and fun. Here’s a taste of what the 2017 retreats looked like:

Spring 2017: Narnia


The Lion, the Witch, and the Pro-Write. Our spring retreat is always held off campus, usually at a local church. We transformed the space into the wintery world beyond the wardrobe and went on a writing adventure. We got to listen to great workshops given by our upperclassmen, play games, and eat food. The day ended in an epic battle between Aslan’s forces and the White Witch’s army. Aslan’s side prevailed, and it was time for us all to go back through the wardrobe until our next adventure. Here are some pictures of our adventure:


Fall 2017: Peter Pan

Second star to the right and straight on till morning. For this retreat, we transformed our classroom into the island of Neverland. Peterpan2

Every pro-write got to choose his or her group: Lost Boys, Pirates, Mermaids, or Fairies.


The afternoon was an adventure in learning about villains, the three-act structure, good and evil in fantasy, and how to plot a story. We played a complete the story writing prompt game, mafia, and went on a scavenger hunt. There was laughter and competitive fun, but at the end of the day, it was time to leave Neverland and head back to the “grown-up” world until next time.


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