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!