July 18, 2023

Greetings all CC Registrants,

I'll be your writing instructor for the CUCF Cancer Chronicles Writing Retreat at the Witte Museum this weekend. I look forward to meeting you, hearing your stories, and using my expertise to inspire and prompt your writing. I have thirty years of experience as a writer and writing instructor, and I'm comfortable leading this writing retreat to include all, from experienced writers to non-writers.

FYI: I still have seats available, so feel free to invite your spouse (I love it when the survivor and caregiver attend together), family, or anyone else whose life has been impacted by cancer.

 This weekend should be a time for sharing, reflection, writing, and community. All you need to do is show up, and the rest will fall into place! That said, here are a few guideposts as you look forward to the weekend:


*Witte Museum's Twohig House: Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

*You should arrive via the welcome desk at the Witte, and you'll be directed to our private meeting space

*Our days will be a mix of group work and writing instruction in the classroom, plus time for your private writing with full access to the beautiful grounds of the Witte

*We will provide a Central Market sack lunch Saturday and Sunday. Please message me if you have any dietary restrictions

*We will provide a small notebook and pencil, but you’re welcome to bring preferred writing materials or laptop if you prefer

*The following Sunday July 30th will be a writer's showcase at the Witte Museum. I’ll be sending you an invitation that you can share with your friends and family so that they can celebrate you and hear your story. Our artistic director Carla Sankey will bring musicians who will perform a special song related to your story


*Witte Museum's Memorial Auditorium: Sunday July 30th, 2:00pm – 3:30 p.m.

*Reception with mimosas, tea, and light snacks begins at 2:00 p.m.

Feel free to call or text me with any questions. I am so looking forward to getting to know you and am honored to be entrusted with your story,

Amy Gilmour
B.A., M.A., Doctoral Candidate

Curtain Up Cancer Foundation