With all of the distractions everyday for our Ambassadors – parents, siblings, chores, video games, and more – creativity can easily vanquish. Writing retreats offer youth the ability to immerse themselves in writing free of distractions and obligations of everyday life in a community of like-minded individuals.

Our One Earth Ambassadors started their retreat by hitting the trails at the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum. They were offered the inspiration of learning and creativity in a fun, relationship-building atmosphere where they were able to use their senses to focus on their writing while having fun at the same time.

Zingerman’s Community of Business donated a space for lunch and a presentation by local author, editor, and freelance journalist, David Kiley. The Ambassadors were able to ask Kiley questions about publishing, opportunities for writing, and the basics of composition, including how to plan, develop, organize, and refine the written pieces they have constructed.