Settled deep in a soft, black, leather sofa beside an enormous, stone fireplace I tapped away on my laptop keyboard, sculpting sentences out of the slop of an early draft. Through the French doors I could see the full moon hanging low over the lake illuminating its surface with an eerie light. The silence of the wilderness echoed in my soul. Stillness fed my muse.
It was my first writing retreat and it won’t be my last. Four of us gathered at a lodge on Shawnigan lake, thirty miles north of Victoria on the southern end of Vancouver Island. You can see us in the top photo taken by Judy Hudson (from left to right: Judy , me, Marion and Jacqui). Marion invited us and organized the whole event. I am sooo grateful to have been included.
What does one do at a retreat?
Write, chat, walk, write some more, drink wine, chat some more and repeat. No list of words can sum up the experience. It’s deeply restorative not only because it’s a country getaway, but because you’re in a small community of writers, crazy, like-minded souls. It’s like drinking deeply from a creative well. Simply wonderful.
Judy Hudson is working on her Fortune Bay Series, which is Romantic Woman’s Fiction. I’m revising Ain’t Misbehavin’ the suspense sequel to Black Cat Blues, Marion Berry is working on her memoir and Jacqui Nelson is drafting the second book in her Gambling Hearts Series, which is a New Old-West Adventure.. Although our genres are significantly different, we are all writers and we had lots to talk about.
You know they say you never forget your first.
And I certainly won’t forget my first writing retreat. Had to share.
I hope your weekend was restorative as well.