Retreat FAQs

How do I register? 

On this page, choose the retreat you want to attend. You’ll be taken to a page where you’ll be asked to select your desired room type—this functions as your registration. You’ll be billed $750 as your initial deposit. The remaining balance will be due later.


How do I pay?

You can make your initial payment via PayPal or by sending a check to

Robert Vaughan
7735 North River Road
River Hills, Wisconsin 53217

We ask that your final payment be made via check (mailed to the same address). If you want to use PayPal for the next payment as well, a $20 processing fee will be applied.


What if I have to cancel?

We really hope you don’t have to cancel, but should your plans change, you can get a full refund if you cancel with 45 days notice.

Unfortunately, we cannot refund deposits for cancellations made after those dates.


What is the format for the workshop?

This is a generative writing workshop, with plenty of time built in to write. We will have craft talks every morning, and writing roundtables in the afternoons, where writers will have the opportunity to receive and give supportive feedback about their work. Some possible evening sessions will be added also.


Will I get feedback on work I’ve already written?

Yes, you will get feedback daily, during our roundtables lead by Meg and Robert (two groups).


What should I do to prepare for the workshop?

Once we have gathered a list of registrants, Meg and Robert will send out a bibliography list of materials that you might consider reading prior to Synergia. of course, anthologies like Rose Metal Press’s Field Guide To Flash Fiction and Field Guide to Prose Poetry are wonderful. As is the Best Small Fictions series.


How do I get to the Synergia Ranch?

From Santa Fe:
Take Hwy 14 south toward Madrid (either from the I-25 exit or as a continuation of Cerrillos Rd.). About 1 1/2 mi. S from I-25, you’ll cross Hwy 599, where there’s an Allsups store and a gas station. Keep going. About 6.8 miles further south, you’ll come to a minor crossroad labeled as County Road 44 to the left, and County Road 45 to the right. Turn RIGHT on County Road 45 (to the West). This road is also called Bonanza Creek Rd. If you pass by the Lone Butte County Store, you’ve just missed the turn. Go back a few hundred yards and you’ll see it. From the turn-off onto County Road 45, go 1.5 miles until the road makes a sweeping curve to the right. DON’t follow that curve — instead, go straight ahead on the dirt road labeled Silver Hills Road. About 100 yards further, there’s a dirt drive to the left labeled Synergia Road. You have arrived!

From Albuquerque:
Take I-25 north, and go 42 miles to Exit 271 to La Cienega. Jog to the right, then turn Right to get onto the frontage road paralleling I-25 going back south. Continue 1 mile on the frontage road to the turn-off for County Road 45 (also called Bonanza Creek Road). Turn Left here, heading east. The signs there direct you to Los Cerrillos, Bonanza Creek, and Rancho Allegre. Just over 5 miles on the fourth major bend going to the left, DO NOT continue around the bend. Instead, look for the dirt road heading to the right from the bend in the road. Go right (west) there onto Silver Hills Road. You’re almost there! About 300 yards further, look for Synergia Road on the your left. You have arrived!

If lost, call (505) 471-2573 or Cell Phone (505) 690-8541

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