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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Best Writing Retreat Ever!

Last weekend, along with 12 other awesome gals, I went on

The Best Writing Retreat Ever!

So what does one need for the perfect retreat?

First off, you need a great group of people. People who are serious about writing. People what are fun to hang out with. People who inspire you to expect more of yourself!

Bottom from Left: Bethany Hegedus, Christine Suffredini, Jenny Moss
Middle from Left: P. J. Hoover (me), Emma Virjan, Kari Anne Holt, Stephanie Pellegrin
Top from Left: Salima Alikhan, Joy Preble, Jo Whittemore, Jessica Lee Anderson, Nikki Loftin, Cory Putman Oakes

Next, you need to most awesome logo in the world to get people excited about the retreat!

Logo designed by the most-talented Emma Virjan!

Then comes the place. The place should have ambiance. The place should inspire. The place should not have Internet.

Turn off the Internet. Better yet, find a place with no Internet!

We suggest a place with stuffed dead things everywhere.

The dead baby deer was nicely placed in a boat to float down the river.

Raccoons in the kitchen...dead, of course

Hoofs make great hooks for hanging towels and bathrobes. The boar is from 1972.

This poor guy is only inches away from being shot and stuffed himself.

Food is an important part of any retreat. Chocolate is a necessity.

All kinds of chocolate! Yummy!

Meal times are a great time to share ideas and stories!

Plan lots of time for writing!

Make sure there are lots of great places to write. We counted about 100 chairs in this place.

Nose to the computer!

And schedule in a slot of exercise each day! It is the perfect break!

Zumba taught by Nikki Loftin

Kung Fu Conditioning taught by me

In the evenings, read aloud!

Yes, it is scary for everyone to read in front of others

And candlelight ceremonies make for a nice end to the day, too!

Make sure to scrape the wax off the table when you are done.

Prepare to be silly, and have fun!

Deer Antlers help!

So are you all ready to go on your own retreat? I already can't wait for next time!


Matthew MacNish said...

Hah! That empty airport icon is key. Looks like a lot of fun.

storyqueen said...

So cool!! it looks like you girls had WAY too much fun!

What a great idea (and the logo is awesome!)


Jessica Lee Anderson said...

Reading this post makes me want to go on the next writing retreat tomorrow! Thanks for capturing the magic of that weekend so well, Tricia! (and my legs hurt for a week after that conditioning class...)

Mary said...

I wanna come! I wanna come! LOL.

Looks like you all had a fantastic (and, dare I say, productive?) time. I really do need to do a writer's retreat.

PJ Hoover said...

The "no internet" was brilliant, Matt! The best thing ever.

Shelley, it was just an amazing time! I want to go back!

My legs ached for a week, Jessica. OMG. Let's go again!

So productive, Mary! It was worth all the planning and the time away. You should definitely go on one!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like an awesome time. Great to go somewhere with no Internet.

Angela Brown said...

I have never been to a writing retreat. Looks like you ladies had a blast. Other than the boar's head ready to chomp of some body part, it all looked rustic and relaxing :-)

PJ Hoover said...

Natalie, in hindsight, no internet was the most useful thing ever. It really made us focus!

Oh, Angela, the boar cracked me up. And he was in my bedroom! How bizarre is that. Scary dreams, anyone?

Miriam Forster said...

Holy cow that boar is a scary beast. And in your BEDROOM? Yeeesh.

That aside, it sounds like you had a ton of fun. I want to go on a writing retreat!

PJ Hoover said...

Come visit for our next retreat, Miriam! It would be fun!