Dream of getting away to write down, however want some steering on the subsequent steps on your novel?
Wish to meet and work with different writers, however in a extra intimate setting than a writing convention?
A writing retreat is perhaps simply the ticket.
And whereas a few of these retreats would possibly nonetheless be on maintain because of the pandemic, many are getting again into internet hosting.
Uncover writing retreats in:
- USA and Canada
- Mexico and Latin America
- Asia, Africa, and Center East
Why you would possibly need to attend a author’s retreat
Whereas writing residencies are principally about working in solitude, conferences deal with networking and lectures, writing retreats fall someplace in between.
Most are in lovely areas (the place, presumably, your artistic juices will movement extra simply), and supply a mixture of workshops, excursions and interplay with a small group of writers.
They’re a good way to mix a trip with inspiration, networking — and, after all, a number of writing.
They are often dear, however some supply scholarships (so all the time ask!), or take into account creating your individual writing retreat with associates.
And keep in mind: A author’s retreat is an funding in your profession, in addition to a chance to get away. In the event that they’re out of your value vary, then maybe a writing residency could be a greater match. Or, try this checklist of grants for writers.
Searching for a women-only retreat? A number of the retreats on this checklist match the invoice, and you may also jump over to our publish on girls’s writing retreats.
Unbelievable writers’ retreats to attend in 2024
The writing retreats under happen within the the rest of 2024 and plenty of have plans to proceed in 2025 — and are organized by location, so as from least to most costly.
(Trace: If there’s a selected nation or month that works greatest for you, command-F to look the web page for it.)
Until in any other case famous, the costs embrace workshops, shared lodging, actions, and most meals. None embrace airfare to and from the vacation spot.
Although now we have finished our greatest to take away these retreats which can be both accomplished, or dissolved, because of the pandemic, many of those retreats have moved on-line utterly or supply each on-line and in-person choices.
Please remember the fact that The Write Life workforce has not attended these retreats. Whereas we’ve gathered as a lot data as potential to share with you, take into account this a place to begin, and do your individual analysis earlier than committing. To make sure you’ll have an gratifying expertise, we suggest studying testimonials and opinions, or asking the host to attach you with previous contributors.
USA & Canada
1. Wake Up and Write Writers Retreat Workshop
For 3 many years, this retreat — in a single kind or one other — has been offering an immersive studying expertise for individuals writing novels.
After taking a hiatus because of the pandemic, the Wake Up and Write Author’s Retreat is getting began once more on a smaller scale. This yr it is going to be held in Cedar Park, Texas a neighborhood of Higher Austin. Don’t let the summer season warmth get you down, there’s loads of A/C within the Jason Stitzes’ again studio and shady locations to write down within the nice outdoor.
Value: $250 with $50 deposit. Dates August 22nd – 25th
2. Get Away to Write
A lot of the retreats and programs accessible are actually on-line, although some are in individual and native to america presently – the Pines, Florida, and New England. To maintain updated with upcoming packages and locations, it’s greatest to join their publication.
Murphy Writing at Stockton College gives quite a lot of workshops and retreats each on-line and in-person. Find out about their new choices by signing up for his or her publication or comply with them on social media.
Value: $350 – $450 on common for his or her on-line writing occasions.
3. Willow Writers’ Retreat
That is now a web based solely retreat and costs have been up to date accordingly.
Willow Writers’ Retreat is facilitated by Susan Isaak Lolis, a broadcast and award-winning author. Attendees have entry to workshops, together with one with artistic writing teacher Margaret Harrington, plus a studying on the final night to have fun your work.
Value: TBD; 2022 fee was $350.
This occasion was already held from July 10-14, 2022. Preserve a watch out for extra detailed details about subsequent yr’s location, prices and extra.
Disclosure: Willow Writers’ Retreat is a associate of The Write Life. We maintain our advertisers to excessive requirements and vetted this retreat identical to the others on this checklist.
4. Good Contrivance Farm Author’s Retreat
Situated 25 miles north of Baltimore on a six-acre property in historic Reisterstown, Maryland, this author’s retreat is open to writers of all ranges, plus it operates on a first-come, first-served, non-competitive foundation. (Though, you continue to must submit a resume and one writing pattern for admission.)
Good Contrivance Farm is a non-profit devoted to the preservation and restoration of small, historic farms in Maryland, and it gives the retreat as a part of public outreach efforts.
Directed by Pushcart Prize author (plus a ton of others) Ron Tanner and his spouse Jill Eicher, the retreat gives workshops and readings in addition to loads of alone time for you within the farm’s modern loft house.
There aren’t any Fb opinions, however Harlan Roberts wrote a Google Assessment, saying, “My spouse and I simply spent every week right here and we each obtained a LOT of labor finished! She managed to edit half of her present novel and I completed modifying a e-book of my brief tales. Ron Tanner has put collectively the proper writing retreat. It’s quiet, comforting and really accessible.”
Value: $570 for one individual for a weeklong keep (meals and drinks not supplied); $670 for 2. Reductions can be found for longer stays as much as 4 weeks.
5. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Retreat
This retreat is now accessible on-line solely, nevertheless, their 2022 Colorado Gold Convention is being held in individual September 9 – 11, 2022 on the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver.
This convention gives Spherical Desk Critiques, Pitch-Prep Teaching, and One-on-One Mentor appointments. There may even be a Publishing Professionals Panel Luncheon and Studying Brunch.
Value: Registration for the convention ranges from $439 member charge to $489 non-member charge till August 18th; $499 member to $549 non-member till August 31st; and $549 member to $599 non-member till September 5th.
Till August 31st there are two self-paced programs with Pam Novak and value is $40 for members and $45 for non-members.
6. Discover Your Story: A Therapeutic Life Writing Retreat for Older Girls
Are you within the second half of your life? Are you a beginner author who desires to inform your story? Then this women-only retreat in Dallas, Texas was designed for you.
Over the weekend, psychotherapist and writing coach Jennifer Westrom will provide help to get began (or unstuck) in the case of your memoir.
After attending Westrom’s writing class in 2018, Cherri Julia Maker Ridingin wrote on Fb: “Jennifer is a powerful chief in a tender means, extremely intuitive, and an impressive trainer. Class three is subsequent week, and already I really feel that I’ve launched some blocks that had been stopping me from transferring ahead in my writing. Her classes have touched me deeply.”
This occasion occurred within the Spring of 2022. Preserve a watch out for subsequent yr’s occasion particulars.
Value: TBD; 2022 fee was $799 per individual.
7. The White Mountain Ebook Writing Retreat
Editor’s observe: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this retreat now gives a web based possibility.
This retreat within the mountains of New Hampshire focuses on two issues: self-nurturing and nonfiction e-book writing. In case you hold laying aside your e-book due to, properly, life then host Dorothy Holtermann would possibly say this retreat is for you.
From September 25 – 29, you’ll be taught her “Delivery a Ebook system” by group lessons and personal teaching, all whereas feeding your physique with farm-to-table natural meals and day by day yoga lessons. In case you’re Zooming, you possibly can nonetheless be part of the enjoyable: obtain “wholesome meals goodies” by mail, get pleasure from dwell meditation lessons and e-book writing and efficiency lessons which can be positive to be interactive.
Value: $995 per individual to attend from dwelling, $2,455 per individual for a personal room, or $1,495 per individual for tuition solely.
8. Girls Studying Aloud
In November, author and poet Julie Maloney will carry her girls’s retreat dwelling to Lenox, MA on the Brook Farm Inn only one mile from The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home.
After a tour of Edith Wharton’s property, attendees may have a writing workshop within the gilded drawing room and use it as inspiration to consider writing in a brand new place.
“Listening to girls, watching girls pay attention and listening to the tales of ladies who’ve clearly lived, that is bliss. That is Girls Studying Aloud. I’ve been to a number of WRA occasions and I do know why I’m hooked. It’s the listening. We merely don’t make sufficient time to pay attention and to permit ourselves, our our bodies to reply and journey.”
–Joanne Edelmann, New York Metropolis, New York
Value: Inclusive: $1295 – contains deposit (non-refundable) – $300
9. Autumn Writing Retreat within the Berkshires
Let autumn in New England be your muse on this five-day retreat with Web page Lambert, an teacher of artistic writing on the College of Denver’s graduate college.
From October 9-13, you’ll keep at a historic inn, taking part in group writing classes and particular person manuscript consultations — and drenching your creativity within the lovely fall colours. Alternatively, try Lambert’s 13-day girls’s retreat in Peru in 2022 ($4,350).
Lambert has a prolonged web page of testimonials on her web site. In a single, Paula Hagar stated Lambert was “probably the most superior writing trainer I’ve ever studied with.” In one other, Marsha Rosenzweig Pincus referred to as the Peru journey “some of the inspirational, non secular and transcendent experiences of my life.”
Value: $1,695 per individual.
10. Writers Who Run, Retreat & Race
Held within the mountains of northeastern Virginia, this thrilling retreat got here again in 2022, and registration is open for July 10 – 16, 2023.
After a two-mile run every morning, you’ll have a full schedule of workshops, critique teams, writing time and social occasions. The culminating occasion is a scenic 5K and 10K race on Saturday morning!
For testimonials, try these YouTube movies from previous contributors.
Value: Primary Author ($2,125), Superior Author ($2,525), Tremendous Superior Writer ($3,125) Primary and Superior Author contains shared rooms. Tremendous Superior Writer is a personal room (restricted provide). Each stage gives a 5-month fee plan.
11. TLC Girls’s Writing Retreats
Need one thing just a little completely different?
Schedule your individual personal retreat with Tammy L. Coia, a memoir-writing coach who lives in Bellingham, Washington. You’ll keep at her home, in a personal bed room with water views. Every day, you’ll have one-on-one teaching alongside home-cooked meals. She gives this at her dwelling in Palm Springs, plus Dahlonega, Georgia as properly.
Or, in case you’d moderately work in a gaggle setting, Coia holds retreats in Greece in Could ($3,900–$4,400) and Vermont in October ($2, 700–$3, 400).
“Tammy gently leads you thru what are sometimes tough recollections to placed on paper, however it may well show to be a really therapeutic expertise,” Joni Padduck wrote on Fb. “I extremely suggest Tammy! I assure it is going to be a beautiful expertise.”
This yr’s Vermont retreat shall be held from October 7 – 12, 2022 on the coronary heart of Vermont’s Fall Foliage season!
“The final Corfu, Greece retreat held in 2019 was a smashing success!” reads a observe on the web site. Although cancelled from 2020 to 2022, it’s now again for 2023 and is being held Could 14 – 21, 2023 and Could 21 – 28, 2023.
Value: $2,700 (2-person shared room) – $3,400 (personal room) for three- to five-day retreats.
12. Retreat & Create
2022 is full. Comply with on Instagram or join publication for 2023 dates and costs.
A brand new providing from The Write Life founder Alexis Grant, this retreat is held within the lovely, historic mountain city of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, about an hour from Washington, D.C.
This retreat is intimate, with about 10 attendees. It’s not only for writers; it’s open to anybody who’s career-focused and want area and quiet to deal with their work. A number of of the occasions are women-only.
Along with loads of work time, the retreat contains an easy-to-moderate hike every morning and a gaggle dinner every evening at an area restaurant. Grant emphasizes on the web site that each one actions are elective, so you possibly can select to be energized by group conversations or dive deep into solo work time.
Value: TBD, however the associated fee contains 4 nights’ lodging, three meals a day, hikes and a therapeutic massage.
Mexico & Latin America
13. Artistic Revolution Retreat
Leigh Shulman invitations you to decide on your individual retreat dates — and be part of her anytime in Salta, Argentina. This retreat is supposed for individuals at any stage of writing a e-book, or for many who need to begin writing however want some steering.
Over eight days, you’ll get pleasure from intensive writing workshops tailor-made to your venture, yoga, cultural actions, a therapeutic massage and a personal house in a bustling metropolis middle. House is restricted and the host prefers an intimate retreat, so seize a few associates and e-book a date.
“The retreat met and exceeded my expectations,” Kathleen Evans stated in a testimonial on Shulman’s website. “Every day I may really feel the progress throughout this retreat, and I really feel that I’ve actually grown. My writing has matured, and I’ve a strong plan and an thought of the place I need to go along with my writing venture.” (She tweeted about it, too.)
Value: $2,500 per individual. Scholarships can be found.
14. The Moth Retreat For Artists And Writers
“The Moth Retreat was precisely what I used to be searching for,” writes Susan Allot on the retreat’s web site. “A transformed barn all to myself, recent veg[etables] from the backyard and a day by day supply of eggs. Stunning countryside on the doorstep. I managed a few month’s price of writing condensed into one impressed week.”
For writers of any self-discipline trying to expertise this alongside a ravishing nation lane in Eire, this retreat could also be for you. You’ll be surrounded by the nation’s famed lakes and joined by three canines and a flock of hens.
When you’re free to spend your time as your please, there’s Wi-Fi, a writing desk and an easel to make use of to work, plus a motorbike to discover the realm.
The Moth Journal publishers Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan shall be accessible in case you want any help. You gained’t discover guided writing workshops right here, however you’ll actually discover the solitude and silence wanted to complete that novel.
Apply to seek out out when you possibly can e-book this retreat in 2022!
Value: €400 every week ($476 USD), plus a €100 ($119 USD) charge to carry a associate or buddy; a minimal keep of 1 week is required; self-catered.
15. Loire Writers Retreat
Writers, authors, poets, lecturers, display and songwriters in quest of a “artistic haven to seek out their inside voice, develop their craft and start or full their story” will discover solace on this retreat’s nurturing setting.
Situated in central France’s Loire Valley and near the historic city of Saumur, this retreat for writers gives a tranquil area so that you can focus in your writing.
Whether or not you keep for one week or 4 in 2022, hosts Iris and Derrick Mathews guarantee your solely accountability shall be to unleash your creativity — and you already know they imply it as a result of they even deal with the cooking and cleansing for you. Whenever you want a writing break, get pleasure from one complimentary holistic remedy session plus entry to bicycles to discover the French countryside.
“Thanks for a beautiful Writing Retreat,” stated creator Tony Macaulay in a testimonial on the positioning. “You may have created the proper place for writers to get away from all of it, to chill out, focus and easily write.”
Value: £784 (~$1,047 USD) per individual per week.
16. Retreats for You
Debbie Flint, the proprietor of a picturesque Seventeenth-century thatched home in southwest England, runs quite a lot of retreats all year long. (Importantly, all of them include home-cooked meals and resident labradors you possibly can stroll by the countryside.)
Growing and Pitching a Industrial Novel is scheduled to start September 19th, Uncommon Weekend Simply Write Retreat is scheduled to start September 23rd, Alison Could’s Growing Your Novel – Tutored Retreat is October 17th, and Basic Simply Write Retreat begins November 21st.
The middle, which welcomes teams, has a five-star score on Fb with greater than 80 opinions. “The home is beautiful and comfy; the meals is scrumptious, and there may be all the time home-made cake,” Anita Chapman wrote. “Alison is a implausible tutor who is aware of an ideal deal, delivering it superbly; and she or he has an actual curiosity in her college students’ initiatives.”
Value: £652 (~$792) per individual £125 (~$152) deposit requested when reserving for Growing and Pitching a Industrial Novel. Take a look at the opposite hyperlinks for present pricing and e-book your home at the moment as areas are filling up rapidly!
17. Write Away Europe — Provence
Searching for a spot the place your “soul and artistic spirit will soar”? Head to Provence, France with Lisa Howe, Scott Stavrou, and George Crane to be impressed by lovely lilac fields and the tradition and historical past of Provence September 11 – 17th.
Your hosts shall be Lisa Howe, knowledgeable editor; Scott Stavrou, a novelist and writing teacher; and George Crane, a broadcast creator and writing teacher. You’ll take part in writing workshops, one-on-one mentoring classes and nightly social hours, all whereas staying within the coronary heart of a historic metropolis.
Value: $2, 950 per individual (doesn’t embrace lunch).
18. Alpine Writers’ Retreat
Craving for time and area for your self and your writing? This retreat in idyllic environment is open to max. 10 contributors at any stage of expertise, and gives knowledgeable steering in a supportive setting. Acquire focus, discover inspiration and hone your craft by day by day workshops, unbiased writing time and suggestions classes. Revealed novelist Valeria Vescina will provide help to conquer these clean pages and breathe new life into your work in progress. Her strong credentials embrace years of instructing artistic writing to all age teams and ranges: from secondary-school pupils and college students on Artistic Writing BA and MA levels to Grownup Schooling lessons.
Valeria shall be providing a retreat from 9 to fifteen October 2022 in pleasant Flüeli-Ranft, Switzerland. Members shall be staying (full board) within the charming 17th-century Gasthaus of an iconic historic resort, the Jugendstil-Resort Paxmontana.
Value: 1500 Swiss Francs (~$1540 USD / €1460 / GBP 1235) per individual, inclusive of workshops, your individual room, wealthy breakfast buffet, sandwich lunch and 3-course dinner. Click on right here for particulars of this and future retreats.
19. The Artistic Author’s Workshop: Fiction & Autobiographical Fiction
Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Galway, Eire
Be taught to inform your story whereas escaping to the legendary Irish island of Inis Mór from September 4-10. Hosted by Writer & Fiction Coach Irene Graham
Encourage your writing spirit, invigorate your senses, and create the story that’s in your coronary heart. A writing journey to deepen your connection to story within the gorgeous panorama of Eire’s western shores.
Along with writing workshops with host Irene Graham, you’ll get pleasure from guided walks and excursions of the distant island. Graham additionally hosts two memoir-specific retreats in June and September.
Value: €1,725 euro (~$1,755 USD) (doesn’t embrace all meals).
20. Paris Writing Retreat
The Eire Writing Retreat isn’t all the time in Eire. The Donegal, Eire retreat in September 2022 is absolutely booked, however you possibly can nonetheless head to Paris for a writing retreat!
The Paris Writing Retreat is scheduled for October 17 – 23, 2022.
Adopting ‘Six Senses’ because the theme for this week, together with the spectacular sights of the town, uplifting smells from each the town’s well-known delicacies and its world renown perfumes and sound as within the tender musicality of the French language, now we have determined to rebrand Paris as ‘Sensorial Metropolis.’
Apart from day by day writing workshops and critiques of retreat assignments in Paris, contributors may even be given the chance to avail of targeted one-on-one critique and dialogue session on considered one of their works-in-progress.
Comply with – actually – within the footsteps of such legends as James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Seaside, Gertrude Stein, George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, even Dan Brown throughout the boulevards of Paris whereas studying the artwork of artistic writing by sensible workshops and creator conferences.
Take pleasure in hands-on tutoring from revealed authors and vigorous literary discussions in the exact same locations that the Nineteen Twenties ‘Misplaced Technology’ frequented for the exact same causes, a few of whom finally emerged as Nobel Prize winners.
As a result of ever-increasing reputation, acceptance on our retreats isn’t just on a first-come, first-served foundation. Simply as vital is your response to a particular software questionnaire we are going to ship you. That’s why funds are ONLY accepted from contributors AFTER choice has been confirmed.
Value: 1777 EUR (~$1800 USD) – Lodging isn’t included.
21. Melete Writing Retreats
As a result of covid, all Melete Retreats are presently digital. Whereas there are a selection but to announce their dates, now you can take the Fiction Retreat with Bryan Delaney, the Digital “Artwork of the Pitch” with Catherine Eaton, or each on this 7-day on-line writing retreat.
In case you’re a fiction author, TV or screenwriter, it’s good to be at this week-long, immersive retreat in Piedmont, Italy between the months of Could and July.
To get in, you’ll must submit a canopy letter or resume and writing pattern. Though opinions or testimonials weren’t accessible, know that finetuning your craft in Piedmont places you in nice firm: authors like Charles Dickens, Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and Natalia Ginzburg have all frolicked writing in and about this area.
Value: 7-Day On-line Retreat $1,995. Value for each the Bryan Delaney and Catherine Eaton retreats in the identical week is $3495.
22. Pink Pangea’s Author’s Retreat in Rhodes, Greece
Dates: October 6 – 11, 2022
Pink Pangea is the neighborhood of ladies who like to journey. We’re sensible girls who like to discover and develop by our adventures.
We imagine that each girl has a narrative to inform. That features you. Meet us at considered one of our retreats and expertise the rejuvenation that comes from spending every week doing one thing good for the soul in a surprising vacation spot.
Rhodes, Greece is a soothing and delightful vacation spot stuffed with olive groves, beautiful seashores and unimaginable views. Right here, we are going to spend six days getting up shut and private with our writing and exploring the attractive Island. By transformative writing workshops, we’ll strengthen our creativity, specific what we actually need to say, and join with a neighborhood of worldwide girls writers.
Wish to discover Rhodes, Greece whereas sharing tales and making new associates? This women-only, Pink Pangea retreat is perhaps for you.
Value: Single room $2,735 and double room $2,270
23. A Author Inside — Tuscany
Spend every week at a historic villa in Tuscany — full with your individual personal chef — at this women-only retreat from October 9 – 15, 2022 or Could 21 – 27, 2023.
Within the mornings, creator Kathryn Kay will lead group writing classes that target craft and the artistic course of. Afternoons shall be for writing, one-on-one classes and group outings to close by cities and websites. Within the evenings, you’ll share your work and mirror on the day (over wine).
Kay has written and video testimonials on her website. A latest overview from Marisa Brown stated: “I stated ‘sure’ to the dream of a writing retreat, and what higher information than Kathryn Kay to make that dream change into a actuality. As a workshop chief, Kathryn is gracious, grounded and targeted. This was actually an all-encompassing expertise of exploring myself and my writing.”
Value: $3,000 (shared room) – $3,700 (single occupancy room)
Asia, Africa & Center East
24. Writing Retreat in South Africa
You’ll keep at a visitor lodge on Desk Mountain, one of many 7 wonders of nature, on the base of the Victoria go linking Hout Bay with Cape City. Take pleasure in morning lessons and afternoon free writes (and countryside walks).
Within the night, writing coach and literary agent Sarah Bullen will lead classes specializing in every thing from style to character growth to approaching publishers. All of it goes down March 23 – 27 and once more, November 23 – 27.
“I just lately attended the writers retreat and residency at Skala Eressor [sic],” Mary-Joe Emde wrote in a Fb overview. “This has been probably the most profound retreat I’ve ever finished. Kate and Sarah are masters at creating an area for creativity and writing abilities. I beloved each second of it and would suggest this to each aspiring author.”
Value: Single Room 12,000 South African rand (~$715 USD).
Deposit 4,000 South African rand (~$240 USD)
25. Indian Summer time Home Writers’ Retreat
Dates: mid to late October 2022
“Our numbers are small and the chance to combine your individual writing time with workshops, consultations and casual readings is versatile in response to how contributors want to be concerned,” says Caroline Van De Pol.
At this luscious boutique resort in southern India, you possibly can attend a writers retreat in October or arrange your individual dates upon request.
Along with morning yoga and meditation, “tantalising” meals and cultural actions, you’ll have day by day writing workshops, night studying classes and considerable writing time.
In a latest TripAdvisor overview, consumer shonee2018 gave their expertise an “wonderful” score. “Time has this pretty tempo in India,” they wrote. “It appears to go much more gently at Indian Summer time Home throughout our day by day author’s workshops with Caroline Van De Pol, readings and discussions to mirror and share our work with others or having fun with the outside showers, having a drink within the coconut lounge, leaping into the pool two, 3 times a day or enjoyable on the spa.”
Value: TBD; 2020 prices ranged from $2,190–$2,990 AUD (~$1,494–$2,040 USD) per individual.
26. Himalayan Writers Retreat
As we close to the top of accessible retreats for 2022, right here’s a retreat you can begin planning for now, and select from their spring or fall choices in 2023. Dates accessible are March 21 to 31 and October 3 to 13. However don’t fear, in case you can’t wait, you possibly can nonetheless get began by taking considered one of their on-line grasp lessons.
Every retreat has a visitor chief, plus two resident facilitators: a psychologist and an creator. They’ll information you thru every thing from discussions to lengthy walks, bonfires, yoga and pottery. Apart from airfare, every thing is included within the value — airport transfers, meals and even a visit to the Taj Mahal!
This retreat has greater than 100 five-star Google opinions. In a latest one, Ramanjaneya Sharaph wrote: “The workshop covers all points, from the science and craft of writing, to getting revealed. This can be a workshop within the true sense of the phrase. There are sufficient arms on [sic] writing workout routines, with suggestions from the course chief and different contributors, that helps higher perceive the ideas.”
Value: $3,300 per individual.
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