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Photo Flash Challenge

March 5, 2018
Photo Flash Challenge #1   Challenge: Write a short story based on the photo provided. It must be no more than 300 words (fewer is fine). You can write on any theme/genre but no children’s stories and nothing explicit please. Send your entries to by

Welcome to the new social media interns!

February 27, 2018
I’m thrilled to welcome Kelly Rebecca and Phil Sobell to the Retreat West team as the new social media interns – they were both so full of great ideas that I couldn’t choose between them. They will be working with me this year to bring lots more great content, writing challenges