Ron Heacock and I have been married for almost 30years.
During that time we have home schooled three children , and have lived
the artists life from every which way it can be done. Day job, no
day job, living off the art, living off investments, writing full time
with no hope of a paycheck, you name it.
We currently write under a pen name to protect our privacy
and safe space. We also don't want to play the credential game; to us,
it's not about what somebody else did. It's about what you can do here.
However, we would like to say from another perspective that we do understand
learning and support of the arts and firmly believe that the creative
life of the individual is dependent upon freedom in a nurturing space.
That space is Hill House Writers; a Grant Based Writers Sanctuary.
After 20 years of gathering miscellaneous credits, I
finished my BA in creative writing in 1995 within the MFA writing program
at Goddard College, Plainfield, VT. Much of what I've learned about nurturing
writers comes from direct experiences I've had at the MFA writing residencies.
Yet the most significant contribution to our understanding
is the years we spent home schooling our dynamic and creative children
(now 14, 18, and 26). In a way, Hillhouse Writers is the natural offshoot
of the environment we created for them throughout their growing lives.
Our executive chef Justin Heacock and writer-animation-game design student,
Morgan Heacock (see below) are our sons.
Each member of the family brings something to our lives
we can pass on to your retreat experience: a wide a range of education,
experience, imagination, and artistic skills. Ron and I have both spent
more than seven years facilitating writing workshops throughout the United
States and Canada.
Just some comments about some of those workshops include:
- Very healing and uplifting thank you.
you give me permission to radiate, following
your example of breaking the ice. What follows in the wake of your exuberance
is happy women (and others) with new freedom in their dance of life.
- A seed was planted in my heart.
- The exercises and discussions were excellent.
- You are dangerous, because you entice women
like me to go to a whole new level.
- Very profound
it was more than I expected.
- What a gift to be able to give yourself time
to be with yourself for yourself. Wow!
- It is good to be reminded sometimes that we
need to nourish ourselves and our creativity.
- Doing this makes a world of difference.
Morgan Heacock is an eighteen year old writer who has
been home schooled all of his life. JOURNEYS: BOOK ONE is the working
title of his first book in a series. The characters contained within this
novel emerge from an uninterrupted connection to characters he has known
since he was four years old; back before he could write we typed-in his
dictations for his stories.
In a recommendation for his art school admission, 2003
Philip K. Dick Award Nominee, Mary Buckner (HYPERTHOUGHT, Ace Books) writes:
"What strikes me most about Morgan is his enthusiasm.
He has put a great deal of time and energy into creating an inventive
fantasy world populated with characters and creatures which he can describe
and draw in detail. His passion is a joy to witness."
We hope that when you stay at Hill House you too will
capture that kind of enthusiasm for your work.
PS. We hope you like pets. Hill house is not for
you if you have allergies or distaste for dogs, cats, horses or Italian