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Full lineup and schedule released for Skylight Creative Writing Retreat, Sept. 2-4

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Wayne Kirkpatrick.
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If you go …

What: Skylight Creative Writing Retreat.

When: Friday, Sept. 2, through Sunday, Sept. 4.

Where: Avon Performance Pavilion, Harry A. Nottingham Park, Avon.

Cost: Full-weekend tickets are $299, which includes all workshops and keynote addresses, as well as morning yoga. Keynote-only tickets are one for $50 or all three days for $100. Student tickets are $150 for the weekend.

More information: All details, speaker biographies and tickets are available at http://www.skylightwriters.com.

AVON — Donahue Entertainment/Imagine One Events and the town of Avon will present the inaugural Skylight Creative Writing Retreat, Sept. 2 through 4, at Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon. The complete schedule for the event was recently released, and discounted advance tickets are now on sale.

Skylight is a gathering for anyone who is looking to expand his or her creative mind. Do you have a story you want to tell? A song you want to write? A blog you want to start? Or do you just want to learn about the art of screenplay writing or listen to a speaker tell their story? The Skylight Retreat aims to offer creative inspiration in all of these areas.

New York Time best-selling authors, Grammy award-winning songwriters, expert social media bloggers and major motion picture and Broadway writers have been invited to participate in the series of workshops, talks and roundtables. Featured speakers for the weekend include Grammy and Tony award-winning brothers Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, who recently produced Broadway’s “Something Rotten!” and have written Grammy award-winning songs with Eric Clapton and major motion picture screenplays such as “Chicken Run” and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

About Keynote Speakers

The weekend begins with a Friday night reception on the back patio of the performance pavilion overlooking Nottingham Lake. Participants and speakers will mingle before hearing an interactive keynote address by Skylight chief creative officer Golriz Lucina, of television celebrity Rain Wilson’s media and production company “Soul Pancake.” Lucina is also co-author of the book “Chew on Life’s Big Questions.”

Saturday and Sunday include scheduled workshops and varying classes, discussion and hands-on time with instructors. Each day will end with a keynote address on the main stage. Saturday’s keynote address comes from Alexandra Fuller, New York Times best-selling author of “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight” and her current best-seller, “Leaving Before the Rains Come”. Fuller will also teach smaller group classes on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday evening’s keynote to close out the weekend will be musical in nature, with an in-the-round songwriters’ storytelling event with Wayne Kirkpatrick, Gordon Kennedy and a section of songs from “Something Rotten!,” the Kirkpatrick brothers’ play that was nominated for 10 Tony Awards. Kennedy is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, performer and player of hits by legendary artist such as Eric Clapton, Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs and Bonnie Raitt.

Additional speakers and teachers include Billy Frolick, co-writer of the DreamWorks animated film “Madagascar”; Reed Arvin, professor of creativity at David Lipsomb University in Nashville; and Kim Fuller, independent journalist and blogger and co-founder of In Your Element, a yoga and empowerment adventure company.

The Bookworm of Edwards will host an on-site bookstore and cafe, and bookstore owner Nicole Magistro will also be the emcee and host throughout the weekend, introducing the speakers and curating the creative flow. Learn more about the Skylight Creative Writing Retreat at http://www.skylightwriters.com.

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