A writing retreat is a good thing.
With no worries but the words, the pressures of life relieve a little bit. And being surrounded by like-minded people frittering away on their keyboards … well, you tend to get a fair amount accomplished.
Now add in a beautiful location, good weather, and good friends old and new. That’s what made my recent days at the Woodthrush Writing Retreat (ironically) indescribably awesome.
I arrived on Wednesday after a long drive. Waiting for me on the Porch of Writing? Old friend Alethea Kontis, who was kind enough to smile for the camera:
It’s hard work, you know. And a writing retreat is all writing, all the time. 24/7. No breaks at all:
And as if that isn’t awesome enough, we had a surprise (and unrelated) visitor to Woodthrush: Andy Irvine, who’s a world-famous Irish musician. He and I spent the better part of an afternoon chatting on what was, for that short period of time, the Porch of Conversation:
All in all, it was an incredible, unforgettable time.
Plus, in three days I nailed down 15,000 words in the new novel.