The retreats bring together people who just want to write for a weekend, sequestered away with their laptops, the stories spewing from their heads to their fingertips. We also have people who want to be poets, or are poets, and want to write more deeply. Novelists come in packs, and many people are well on their way and need to only hone the writing, cut some words, twist the plot in another direction, or capture the imagination of the reader with page-turning chapters. Still others have lived a life with grandparents who immigrated during the Depression or a child battling a horrid disease, and they want to tell about perseverance and the goodness of life for those who need to know those things. I try to bring all those kinds of word lovers into the foray with writing exercises, speakers on various writing topics, time to write, Lakeside walking excursions, and critique sessions. This is what Word Lovers retreats are.