Welcome to the Okoboji Writers’ Retreat!

Lake Okoboji seen from the Lakeside Labs campus

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PHOTOS FROM OWR 2022

….WE HAD A BLAST!

For your GPS:

Lakeside Labs: Address: 1838 IA-86, Wahpeton

Monday Night: Okoboji Classic Cars: 810 Jeppeson Road, West Lake Okoboji

Tuesday Night: Barge tour of the Lake, weather permitting, Central Emporium Dock: 144 Lake Shore Dr, Arnolds Park

SPEAKERS 2022

In addition to several returning speakers from the first Okoboji Writers’ Retreat, we have a mix of veterans and new speakers added regularly. Check this website for updates:

NICOLE BAART

REKHA BASU

LAURA BELIN

PERRY BEEMAN

DOUGLAS BURNS

RACHELLE CHASE

JOHN DINGES

TODD DORMAN

ALLISON ENGEL

MARGARET ENGEL

DEB ENGLE

ARNOLD GARSON

SCOTT GARSON

ANN GARVIN

NIK HEFTMAN

BETH HOFFMAN

PHOEBE WALL HOWARD

CAROL HUNTER

LEIGH MICHAELS

CAROL MONTAG

KYLE MUNSON

CHUCK OFFENBURGER

CALEB RAINEY

ANDY ROSS

TY RUSHING

MARY SWANDER

PATRICIA TYRER

…Sign up for program updates.

Check out the slideshow of pictures from the 2021 Okoboji Writers’ Retreat, plus headshots of 2022 speakers. Good times.

Comments from 2021 OWR participants. All speakers received rave reviews. Here is a sample:

The session with John Dinges was on a level of Big Ten 2nd semester Advanced Rhetoric. Provided his famous RULES as a handout to everyone. His presence was just magnificent.

Rekha Basu was a 5! That is probably the reason I signed up immediately for the OWR2021. In the presence of this genius woman, her fearlessness and guile, you were either struck dumb or eloquent. Everybody has a voice, sure enough. From a distance, she looks quite tall. Then you get within a couple of feet, and she is shorter than 5’5″. That is stature!!! 

My session with Arnold Garson was a 5! He offered plenty of tips for online genealogy research, as promised.

Deb Engle was excellent on topic, asking us to share about ourselves, giving us writing time and then time to share our little bit with comments and encouragement.

Beth Hoffman was a 5! In my case, I saved the best for last. Beth had excellent writing prompts and took enough time to work with each session participant. I think we all agreed that we could have spent a full hour (or two) with her. I got a solid piece of advice on my work, and she agreed to review 10 pages of it.

I got everything I came for and more! I picked up three new, very good friends on the boat ride! Thank you so much. That wasn’t on my Bingo card!

I came for courage and left with that and so much more. This was a top ten life experience.

Thank you for telling us there would be a variety of skill sets among attendees. I was intimidated about signing up, but once I arrived I felt right at home. Every speaker, no matter how successful, seemed to be there just for me. I couldn’t believe my good fortune.

The Okoboji Writers’ Retreat, 2022, will be held on the campus of the Lakeside Laboratory on West Lake Okoboji, Iowa:

1838 Ia-Highway 86, Milford, IA

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SOLD OUT FOR 2022

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ON THE WAITING LIST, LET US KNOW.

If you prefer to pay by check, PayPal, or Venmo, email directly: JulieOkobojiWriters@gmail.com

One of many rooms available for small group sessions.
Mary Skopec, director, Lakeside Labs

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About The Organizer

Julie Gammack has produced writers’ retreats in Iowa, the Blue Ridge Mountains of WVA, Whidbey Island, WA, and Vail, CO.

The first Okoboji Writers’ Retreat, held in September of 2021, was sold out.

Gammack is a former Des Moines Register columnist, WHO-AM radio talk radio host, Vistage business coach, and current columnist via Substack.

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