Skylight Creative Writing Retreat comes to Avon’s Performance Pavilion, Sept. 2-4 |

Skylight Creative Writing Retreat comes to Avon’s Performance Pavilion, Sept. 2-4

Wayne, left, and Karey Kirkpatrick at 2016 Tony Award rehearsals at Radio City Music Hall. The brothers will be a part of the Skylight Creative Writing Retreat in Avon in September.
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What: Skylight Creative Writing Retreat.

When: Sept. 2-4.

Where: Avon Performance Pavilion, Harry A. Nottingham Park, 1 W. Benchmark Road, Avon.

Cost: VIP tickets to the weekend, which include a reception and cocktail party with the talent on Friday night, are $599, and the regular ticket price is $399 for two days of speaking, teaching, writing and concerts. Evening concerts are open to the public and will be priced at $29 each or two for $49.

More information: The full roster, schedule and full pricing options will be announced soon at, at which time tickets will go on sale through the site. For additional information contact Don Donahue at

AVON — The town of Avon is partnering with Nashville-based event production company Donahue Entertainment to welcome the debut of the Skylight Creative Writing Retreat over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4, at Harry A. Nottingham Park. The two organizations have worked collaboratively throughout the past year to bring this event to the Avon Performance Pavilion.

“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 Don Donahue, of Donahue Entertainment. “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.”

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 gathering of intimate sessions, workshops and creative exercises.

“Music and food festivals are wonderful and are thriving in the area, 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,” Donahue said. “This will not be lectures and panel discussions. This will be hands-on, guided learning, incredibly inspiring as well as fun.”

The weekend-long conference will wrap up for registrants on Sunday, Sept. 4. Both Saturday and Sunday nights will feature live entertainment for registrants, which will also be open to the public.

“Launching a writers’ gathering in Avon as the summer winds down is noteworthy and promises to be an enriching weekend for participants,” Avon Mayor Jennie Fancher said. “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. This will be a weekend as much for literary locals as for our out-of-town participants.”

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