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WESTGATE BRANSON WOODS RESORT

BRANSON, MISSOURI

OCTOBER 5 - 9, 2022

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Pioneers crossing the wide-open prairies and settling the frontier are as Americana as apple pie. The freedom of the frontier is a common theme in many stories, but especially within the Little House books. Laura Ingalls Wilder began her stories from her youthful recollections, and these tales eventually developed into the Little House on the Prairie book series. Writing on the Frontier - a Historical Children's Memoir Workshop will plum the banks of the writer's memories with two workshops designed to produce the foundational elements of a historical novel. Adventurers will visit Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum during Wilder Days and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park--a nature reserve that will make you feel like you have stepped inside a picture book. The beauty of the heartland will flavor your words and enrich your own Little House stories. Branson offers activities and natural wonders that will transform your visit into an unforgettable adventure.

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RETREAT REGISTRATION

  • $460.00 per person

REFERRAL PROGRAM

  • Bring a friend - you and your friend, will receive a $10 gift card to use at your favorite Book Store

A non-refundable deposit of $150 will hold your spot.

Balance due by 9/1/2022.

WEDNESDAY, 10/5/2022

  • 9 AM - 4 PM | Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum Premiere Event

  • 7:30 PM - 10 PM | Movie, Sarah Plain & Tall 

    • Set around the turn of the century. Jacob, a widowed farmer with two small children, places an ad in a paper for a new wife. The ad is answered by a spinster in Maine, who writes letters to them and describes herself as "plain and tall." And she takes a trip to Jacob's farm to see if she can make a difference.

THURSDAY, 10/6/2022

  • 10 AM - 11 AM | Registration

  • 11 AM - 12:45 PM | Lunch (included in registration fee)

  • 1 PM - 3 PM | Session One - Once there was a Little house . . .  

    • A long time ago, when all of the grandfathers and grandmothers of today were little boys and little girls or very small babies, or perhaps not even born, Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura and Baby Carrie left their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin.   The opening line to Little House on the Prairie introduces the characters and sets the stage.  This two-hour session will establish the mood, setting, and characters of your historical novel.  We will conduct multiple exercises individually and as a group to help explore your memories.    

  • 3 PM - 4 PM | Break

  • 4 PM - 6 PM | Session Two - Beyond the Prairie Grasses . . .
    • ​Laura began to drift over endless waves of prairie grasses, and Pa’s voice went with her, singing...   The closing line to Little House on the Prairie was not a conclusion to Laura’s life but merely a stop to that chapter of her story. This two-hour session will help you determine where you want to conclude your historical novel. We will conduct multiple exercises individually and as a group to help explore your memories. I will also give direction for how you can utilize the excursions to trigger your memories and be inspired. These side adventures showcase the Ozarks' best and help facilitate sense memories and enrich your overall scenes.

  • 6 PM | Dinner Break (On own)

FRIDAY, 10/7/2022

  • 8 AM - 4 PM | Dogwood Canyon Nature Park (included in the registration fee)

  • 4 PM - 5:30 PM | Free - Time

  • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM | Grand Jubilee with Dinner (additional cost)

 

SATURDAY, 10/8/2022

  • 9 AM - 3:30 PM | Wilder Days (included in the registration fee)

  • 12 PM - 1 PM Lunch (On own)

  • 4:15 PM - 8 PM | Branson Scenic Railway (with/without Dinner - additional cost)

SUNDAY, 10/9/2022

  • 9 AM - 10:30 AM | Farewell Breakfast

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2038 West State Hwy 86

Lampe, Missouri 65681

An outdoor paradise featuring 10,000 acres of natural beauty and rugged scenery is a postcard you can experience.  This adventure includes a two-hour narrated tour of the park; you will pass by bluffs, waterfalls, and other scenic views. Plus, you’ll cross the Arkansas border and enter the Bison-Elk Country pasture, encountering the most prominent residents at Dogwood Canyon.  After sampling a delicious bar-b-que catered meal with all fixings, sides, and dessert, you have time to meander the shops and spend your $10 complimentary gift card.  You can sit at the many benches or check out the treehouse built by Treehouse Masters, tour the Grist Mill Museum, and enjoy the interactive activities at the Conservation Center. Transportation is included to and from the venue.  Lunch included.

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Go back to a Wilder time, where America was wide open and unsettled; the days were full of music, family, and down-home food.  Attendees will get to experience Laura Ingalls Wilder’s interactive museum, Farmhouse, and Rocky Ridge Farm. Hear Pa’s fiddle, along with other hopefuls who take the stage with the 8th Annual Fiddle Off.  Be entertained while you stroll the grounds and sample the wares of the many vendors.  Transportation is included to and from the venue.  Lunch not included, is on your own at the festival.

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Kristen Kindoll is a freelance writer who has had her work featured in The Brentwood Home Page and Pockets. She had a weekly column for ten years at The Tennessean.  Queen's Autumn Gambit is her romance, mystery novel.  For over ten years, she has been teaching classes and workshops to students of all ages.  Writing Adventurers was created as a travel-experience-learn venture.  Workshops are designed for those individuals who want to travel, experience the sights, have purposeful learning sessions, as well as downtime for relaxation, writing, or reading.

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Retreat Venue

Westgate Branson Woods Resort

BRANSON, MISSOURI

Rooms start at $75.00 per night plus tax. 

Traditional Queen - $75 plus applicable taxes per night

Traditional King - $75 plus applicable taxes per night

1 Bedroom Grand - $157 plus applicable taxes per night

2 Bedroom Grand Villa - $270 plus applicable taxes per night

To make your reservation, call resort directly: 877-502-7058

Reference code: 67-261 or JW Events Group

A deposit equal to one night’s stay will be required with reservation.

Reservations must be made by September 1, 2022.

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Activities

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Laura Ingalls Wilder's Immersive Experience is a chance to write in the space where Rose Wilder Lane helped to craft her mother's Little House on the Prairie books.  Rose Wilder Lane was a world-famous writer in her own right and was pivotal to the structures of many of the stories throughout the Little House book series.  Writers will write in the upstairs apartments of the Farmhouse for an hour, a brief writing exercise that is unique to this immersive experience ONLY will begin the session.  This private area is not open to visitors and is rarely seen or experienced.  Adventurers will also get to experience the museum, both homes, and receive a special gift that is unique to this event.  Transportation included to and from the venue. Lunch included.

$160

per person

Laura Ingalls

Wilder Home & Museum

Wednesday,10/5/2022

8:30 AM - 4 PM

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A visit to Branson is a chance to explore the music you grew up with and enjoyed. The Grand Jubilee is a complete retrospective of Branson's best: Top 40, Country & Gospel classics, and Rock & Roll hits from the '70s, '80s, and '90s. You will fall in love with the tight harmonies and dynamic performance of New South. This incredible quartet entertains with spectacular music, great harmonies, family comedy, and Ozarks hospitality. Attendees will enjoy a sumptuous buffet before the concert. There will be a special private meet and greet where you will get your program autographed by the Grand Jubilee singers and band members, Jamie Haage (comedian), and Mike Patrick (Emcee). You'll see for yourself why the many accolades and awards for this show are well earned. Dinner and Grand Jubilee autograph program included.  Guests will need to provide their own transportation.

$40

per person

Grand Jubilee

Friday,10/7/2022

5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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All aboard on the mainline through the Ozarks!  The historic 1905 depot in downtown Branson is one block west of Lake Taneycomo (formerly the White River). The cars have been restored and refurbished to offer the same first-class experience and ambiance to today's passengers as to those they carried fifty years ago.  You will learn the history of the area as you cross bridges and trestles.  Attendees have two options with the train:  a four-course candlelight meal or no designated meal (concessions are available for purchase).  Experience the luxury of rail travel from yesteryear. Train departs @ 5pm sharp.  Guests will need to provide their own transportation.

$35.20

per person

Branson

Scenic Railway

Saturday,10/8/2022

4:15 PM - 8 PM

concessions available

$93.85

includes 4 course dinner

per person

Limited Ticket Availability