Grammy award winners to host writers retreat |

Grammy award winners to host writers retreat

AVON — Partnering with Nashville, Tennessee-based event production company Donahue Entertainment, Avon is bringing the Skylight Creative Writing Retreat to town over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4, at Harry A. Nottingham Park and Pavilion. The town of Avon and Donahue Entertainment have worked collaboratively over the past year on the original creative writing concept, to bring this one-of-a-kind event to the Avon Performance Pavilion. The Skylight Creative Writing Retreat will bring together creative writers in the fields of music, movie, television, theater, prose and poetry to give registrants a customized guide to deepening their writing skills and approaches. Anchored by Grammy Award-winning and multiple Tony Award-nominated brothers Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, Skylight will bring leaders from an array of writing fields together to present a weekend of sessions, workshops and creative exercises.  The weekend-long conference will wrap up for registrants on Sunday. Both Saturday and Sunday nights will feature live entertainment for registrants, which will be open to the general public.

“Being a visitor to Avon and Beaver Creek for over 20 years, I am intimately aware of the robust creative community which thrives in Avon,” said Donahue Entertainment’s Don Donahue. “Colorado is one of the most inspiring creative places on earth. So, I am very honored to produce a one-of-a-kind event for this one-of-a-kind location.

“Music and food festivals are wonderful and are thriving in the area,” Donahue added. “But when I studied the town’s brand platform, I had the vision for storytelling, of all kinds, and an intimate weekend for creatives to be guided by masters in the fields. This will not be lectures and panel discussions. This will be hands-on guided learning, incredibly inspiring as well as fun.”

Mayor Jennie Fancher said launching a writers’ gathering in Avon as the summer winds down is noteworthy and promises to be an enriching weekend for participants. 

“The Town Council has planted the vision of expanded cultural opportunities at the Pavilion, and the Skylight Creative Writing Retreat will bring diversity to our already burgeoning music festivals,” she said. “This will be a weekend as much for literary locals as for our out-of-town participants.”

The full roster, schedule and full pricing options will be announced soon at, at which time tickets will go on sale through the site. The VIP ticket to the weekend is $599 and the regular ticket price is $399 for two full days of speaking, teaching, writing and concerts. The evening concerts will be priced at $29 each or two for $49. For additional information contact Donahue at

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