Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gathering to Write


Three fellow authors and I are converging on Old Orchard Beach tomorrow to do some writing. We all share the same agent and three of us share the same publisher. We all have looming deadlines. It's safe to say that none of us is quite finished.


Jessie Crockett volunteered her family's beach house for a weekend of authorial immersion. Liz Mugavero is heading away from Connecticut at lunchtime. I'm working until three PM, a full day for me, and puttering north from Burlington.  Barb Ross drives up from Somerville.



We plan to sit heads down at our laptops or notebooks at four different stations and write independently in the company of others. But we'll also gather for meals - cooked by Jessie at her suggestion - and for mutual critiques and fun, with wine a highly possible companion.

We envisioned walks on the beach, too. The weather is forecast for cool and rainy, so maybe staying inside and tapping out scenes will be just the ticket, instead.

Thanks, Jessie! See you tomorrow.

Have you had small-group writing retreats? What worked best? A few hours, a few days, or a few weeks?

18 comments:

  1. As the Colonial Viper pilots used to say to each other before missions on Battlestar Gallactica: "Good hunting!"

    Have a productive weekend, guys!

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  2. I am deeply hurt you did not invite me.

    Sounds fab, and what a great group. I wish you a productive, inspiring weekend, and be sure to report in on Monday!

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  3. Aw, Ramona, it's only a ten-hour drive. You can come!

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  4. What fun! A few of us in Texas are planning a fall weekend just like this. Now if someone would only donate a house for it! I'm so jealous of the beach house!

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    1. Yay! Maybe I'll come join you in Texas...

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  5. Jealous, too. I will write in Colorado without you. Have fun.

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    1. Why not, Donnell? We'll feel your comradeship!

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  6. I'm so jealous. Love Old Orchard Beach. I used to vacation on Lower Lake Moussam and we'd drive over all the time. Good memories. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Tiger. I have two more hours at work before I can leave!

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  7. Sounds like a great weekend. I've not had the opportunity to do something like this. Maybe someday. Have a fun and productive time.

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    1. It was fabulous, LD. We all got a lot done.

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  8. Sounds like so much fun and with the rainy weather, you may be even more productive! Good luck -- I'm envious!

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    1. Indeed, Pat, the rainy weather just kept us at our keyboards.

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  9. Fantastic! I've been trying to entice a few friends into something similar, but no luck so far. have a fantastic, productive time!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sheila. Keep working on those friends - I think we had equal parts fun and productivity.

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  10. Wish you the best and most productive time and hope you see the sun on Sunday! I am a wee bit jealous too.

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    1. Not a drop of sun, Anne, but it was fine. Friday night it hadn't started raining yet so we got one vigorous windy walk on the beach to make way for our cheese fondue dinner.

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