Winter Writing Retreat 2023

Winter Writing Retreat 2023

Identity: Writing the Stories that Form Us
Friday February 10th – Sunday February 12th

Join Edgewood members and friends for a special writing retreat led by Patrice Gopo, an award-winning essayist and author of books for adults and children!

Participants will share creative space, engage writing prompts, and will draw out personal stories that connect with ourselves, with others, and with God. No previous writing experience is needed or expected.
This retreat will be in-person, offsite (fully accessible space) in the local Lansing area.
– Friday February 10th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
– Saturday February 11th, 9:00am – 4:00pm
– Sunday February 12th, 11:30am – 2:00pm

Participants should commit to the whole weekend; space is limited to 20 people. We anticipate a waitlist, so make sure to reserve your spot. Underwriting for this retreat is made possible by the Communities of Calling Initiative.

To signup: email Pastor Liz at

About the Facilitator: Patrice Gopo is an award-winning essayist and the author of books for adults and children. Her essay collection, All the Colors We Will See, was Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her debut picture book, All the Places We Call Home, was inspired by one of the essays in her collection. As the child of Jamaican immigrants who was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Patrice often writes about racial identity formation, immigration experiences, and the beauty of living a multifaceted life. Her essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including Catapult, Charlotte Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, and AFAR Magazine. Her essay “That Autumn” received a notable mention in the Best American Essays 2020 and earned a National City and Regional Magazine Association award for best essay, criticism, and commentary. In addition to other honors, Patrice is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award. Patrice lives with her family in North Carolina, where she enjoys walks just after dawn and thinks a perfect day ends with ice cream. Please visit to learn more.