In May in 2015, a brief Twitter conversation started by several furry writers and editors, including Kyell Gold, Sparf, Dark End, Ocean Tigrox, and Alkani along with some others, resulted in a meeting to discuss the feasibility of a writing workshop. Key requirements, such as location, necessary materials, structure, instructors, duration, and date/time were part of the discussion.
After a few meetings, a website was created, payment processing was put in place, instructors and guest lecturers were found, and promotion of the event started in earnest in August 2015. Applications for the event were accepted for approximately sixty days, and by the time November 2015 rolled around, the first class of the first furry residential writing workshop, the Regional Anthropomorphic Writers Retreat, was set to run.
The First Class met in January 2016 for a week in temperate San Jose, California. Kyell Gold and Ryan Campbell led the instruction, along with guest lecturers Watts Martin, who discussed worldbuilding, and Brer, who talked a little bit about publishing. The five attendees were Skunkbomb, Sparf, Thomas Steele, Ashe Valisca, and Ianus J. Wolf. Immediately after the event, some participants continued on to Further Confusion in San Jose, California.
In the months between the first and second event, there was internal discussion about moving to a new location. The requirements were that the location had to be scenic, have good food, a good location, and be within budget. Based on the requirements of the organization, South Lake Tahoe, California was chosen as the event location. Housing was secured, information compiled, and the event was then set in stone.
The Second Class met in May 2017 for a week in South Lake Tahoe, California. Kyell Gold and Ryan Campbell returned to instruct the class. The six attendees were John Kulp, NightEyes Dayspring, T. J. Minde, Ryft Sarri, Ocean Tigrox, and Kristina "th' buni" Tracer. The 2016-2017 event immediately preceded Biggest Little Fur Con in Reno, Nevada.
At this point, planning for our third event is underway. Applications are closed and being scored as we prepare to provide access to the RAWR4 application. We expect that during the month of February, we will send out our decisions and the candidate class for RAWR3 will plan to descend onto the unsuspecting town of South Lake Tahoe.
RAWR4 applications will be opening the first week of February, and early planning is underway for the event happening in the summer of 2019.