Guest instructor 2015 – Richard Thomas
BOOKS: Richard is the author of five books, Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications, 2010) a neo-noir, speculative thriller, and two collections, Herniated Roots (Snubnose Press, 2012) and Staring Into the Abyss (Kraken Press, 2013), Disintegration (Random House Alibi, 2015), a neo-noir, transgressive thriller, and The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books, 2015), where he wrote one of four novellas. He is in the progress of writing The Breaker, also for Random House Alibi. He received his MFA from Murray State University in 2012, and is represented by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch.
AWARDS: He was the winner of the ChiZine Publications “Enter the World of Filaria” contest. His short story “Maker of Flight” was chosen by Filaria author Brent Hayward and Bram Stoker Award-Winning editor Brett Alexander Savory. It has since gone on to also win at Jotspeak, beating out over 200 entries. This short was based on the novelFilaria by Brent Hayward, published by ChiZine in 2009. He was also the winner of the 2011 Cafe Doom / One Buck Horror contest, for his short story “Wicker Park Pause.” He has been nominated for five Pushcart prizes, as well as awarded a writing residency atWriters in the Heartland in 2011, and participation in the Flying House co-op, resulting in a grant from Poets & Writers magazine, in 2012.
“It went by way too fast! I mean this in a positive sense. On long retreats I’ve gone to in the past, I’d hit a point about half way through where I’d get grumpy and ‘over it’. This one seemed to fly by because the instruction, group and organization were excellent. I know my thinking and my writing are going to take a leap forward and I have new friends and memories to last a lifetime. I would love to work with Richard, Tausha and Ina again.” – Linda
“It exceeded all of my expectations! I have been to a lot (a lot) of workshops, and I teach writing and literature. Most if not all workshops I have attended in the last few years can’t compare. Let me repeat, exceeded all of my expectations!!!” – Scott
“This retreat was a huge success and the organizers did an awesome job! Pat yourselves on the back Tausha & Ina.” – Kay
“I’m so happy I came! I will definitely go on another trip with this group. The friendliness, personal attention, camaraderie, etc. was FANTASTIC/priceless!” – Theresa
“Writing workshop sessions and organizers were excellent. I found all the writing sessions extremely useful. Can’t think of anything not included that I would have wanted.” – Kari
“I had a great time at the retreat. Organization was super. Ina, Tausha and Richard were very personable and friendly and Romania is beautiful. The excursions were amazing and the hotel had an authentic and charming atmosphere. I loved meeting and interacting with the other writers, and I got some good writing done.” – J.H.
“Overall – great – I had a wonderful time, learned some things, made new friends, and saw some wonderful places.” – Carolyn
“I had a really great time. I’m a rank beginner, so it was all stuff I need to practice and learn more about. Good stuff. I love this place.” – Jason