Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What Happens at a Writer's Retreat?

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Last weekend I was privileged to attend a writer's retreat up in the wilds of central Minnesota. (Bonus: Gabrielle was there, too! Double Bonus: My daughter, Heather, got to come, too!)

Gabrielle hard at work...or playing looks a lot the same. :)
So, what happens at a writer's retreat? More than you might imagine. :) I've been to several retreats, and the primary focus for me is the writing. I try to slay a big word-count when I attend a writer's retreat, mostly because I feel I need to have something to show for the time away from family and the expense of the retreat. This past weekend, we really only had one day to write, and I cranked out several thousand words on Saturday.

Other things that went on during the weekend included a meet and greet. Getting to know each other, learning about our writing journeys, forming new friendships.

In the chapel/meeting room of our lodge. 
There were also brainstorming sessions. Sometimes just a couple of people, sometimes several gathered around a table. (I hid out in a quiet room downstairs and wrote, so I missed most of the brainstorming sessions.)

Lots of food! The camp provided the meals, which were fabulous, but there were also a TON of snacks on offer!

Writers need brain food! This is only a little bit of the snack stuff!
There was a lot of silliness and laughter and game playing. Speed Scrabble was a favorite:

We were also party to bonfires, canoe rides, hikes, pontoon rides, and more. And some beautiful scenery.

The lovely lake.

Crystal clear water!

My daughter hard at work on her story.

A bunch of crazy writers!
As you can see, we had a great time, lots of fun was had, and I understand we're already planning another go-round next spring. 

Have you ever been on a writer's retreat? 


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  1. Hey Erica! The writer's retreat sounds so fun! So glad you and your daughter were able to attend. I'm also jealous that you got to hang out with some amazing ladies! :)

  2. Soooo much fun!!! And I was writing blog posts in that picture. :) Or maybe checking Facebook... Who remembers?!?!? :) Miss you already!!

  3. A splendid time at the retreat. Meeting you and lovely Heather...priceless. Blessings to you my new friend.

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