Tuesday, June 29, 2010

writing retreat

It’s that time of year again. Time for me to plug the Writing Academy and encourage you to check out their retreat for writers coming up in August. (You can choose from two tracks: the first runs from Thursday, July 29 until Monday, August 2; the second is Friday, July 30 through Sunday, August 1.) Located at the Mt. Olivet retreat center in Minnesota, you won’t find a more beautiful place to hone your craft.

I cannot say enough about this writing group. Truly.

If you’re a writer in need of a writing community, look no further. I attended my first retreat when the twins were two, and was amazed at the talent and depth of this group. Even more amazing? They’ve been meeting for years, yet their ability to welcome a newcomer into their fold is unparalleled.

Show up ready to grow and learn, and you’ll be family by next year.

This isn’t a networking conference. You won’t walk away with a book deal or an agent connection, but Writer, trust me when I say this, you will find your people. I never would have finished my young adult novel if not for this group.

I’m leading two workshops this year, so if that’s not incentive enough to come, I don’t know what is. Ahem.

I should add that this is a Christian writing group, though I’m confident that they would welcome a writer of any faith (or no faith) for the weekend. Just be aware that there is a prayer before each meal (actually, a song. They sing prayers that I've never heard of before. But nobody looks at me funny when I don't participate because, well, they like me. I think.) There's also chapel each morning and the speakers present their material from a Christian perspective.

So…who’s in? (Please don't let the singing thing scare you away. It's not as strange as it sounds...)


ChosenRebel said...

Have a great time.

Anonymous said...

Oh, that sounds so great. I would have loved to see you again! But, I'll be visiting family that week. I'm glad to have it on my radar though. Have a great time!

Kathy said...

Can't wait to see you there! And I hope you can help me figure out how to get my blog "out there" where people will actually read it!

Alisha said...

That sounds sooo nice! Good luck with your workshops :)

Barb said...

I agree 100%. I attended for the first time last year and was touched by the experience. I have also enjoyed the Poetry Exchange (a follow-up through email) so much. It has pushed me to write and polish--and that's a good thing. Sorry I won't be able to join the group this year--I would especially love to hear your workshops, Robyn. You are a talented young woman!

Kristin said...

Sounds like something I should attend. Maybe then my blog writing would be a little more cohesive! ;o)