Writing Workshops at The Creative Kitchen in Virginia City, Montana with Allyson Adams.

Sneak away for a creative adventure! Allyson Adams wants to inspire and share techniques with writers to unwind, access their deep voice and simply begin.

 Upcoming Classes

Saturday, July 20, 10-5 - The Writer’s Toolbox $96

Monday, August 5, 11-4 - Introduction $48

Saturday, August 10, 10-5 - The Writer’s Toolbox $96

Saturday, August 24, 10-5 - Beg. Screenwriting $96

Lunch included, deposit required. Beginners welcome. Register or contact below. Please send 1-5 page writing sample a week before class begins.

Here’s what a recent student had to say about a workshop.

“The writers workshop in Virginia City with Allyson Adams is a wonderful learning experience of thought provoking writing exercises. In a small house nestled on a quaint side street in Virginia City MT, a western town where history seeps through the cracks, cranies and windows of every building down the dirt streets…there, in Allyson's comfortable home surrounded by old growth Lilacs, Honeysuckle Bushes and weather worn picket fences, I found myself on a journey of self-discovery immersed in the nuances and writing skills Allyson was offering.

 Allyson, a talented and natural teacher, as well as a welcoming and easy going host, provided the atmosphere and knowledge needed to begin my writing journey. While I may have always been aware of sights, sounds and details, it was Allyson who was able to guide me to telling the stories, to look deeper, listen, find my inner voice. To tell the tale.” Sandy Love, memoirist


Unplug and leave the world behind


Use all your senses

Find the juice

Tell a story

Eat and drink

Join us!






“Once again you’ve outdone yourself with the Montana Writer’s Retreat. You juggled multiple genres—non-fiction essays, memoir, poetry, fiction—as well as diverse writing levels and project goals. You’re also sensitive to where each writer is at personally and any external pressures in their lives.

With all those factors in mind, while providing unified instruction for the group, you also customize writing exercises for each participant. You allow the group to chat and bond and then gently bring us back to the page. All beautifully balanced, well done.

Oh, and the food—nourishment of the body and brain! I’d need to write another post devoted solely to that!”

My Heartfelt Thanks,

“For one who has always found excuses to put off a dream, I am so glad I finally did not! This retreat was nourishing to my body (artful, creative, body pleasing food); soul (mentoring, encouragement, direction and such deep knowledge shared from a true professional); and heart (Allyson gave us permission to be selfish, make it about “us”, so “we were not there to make friends”,
but WE DID)“

-Karen McMullin

“In my in-between art project times, I’m building bridges between current skills & experience to…where I want to go.

The amount of wisdom, engagement, and encouragement from these amazing writers was priceless. Thank you Allyson for leading and nurturing the way Keep pushing your limits of what you believe is possible for you to accomplish and in growing… both as an artist and an amazing human ”

-Mary Riitano

“This was a true learning experience for me, with so many bottled up ideas just running over my already full glass of wine….apple, grape, red and white!!! Just can’t wait for the next one!!! Thanks Allyson, and so nice to be able to share in a group that was warm, welcoming and easy. Much Love, when outside it was 0 degrees, inside was warm and purring. A motor running on all cylinders.”

-Donna Jones


Send us an email if you are interested in joining Allyson’s next retreat.

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Special thanks to Faye Maddox Photography, Toni James, The Elling House Arts and Humanities Center and Diamond J Retreats!