Monday, October 6, 2014

Writers' Retreat- Leavenworth

Writers retreats. What are they and why are they necessary? For me it’s an opportunity to leave the distractions of my everyday life, keep my butt in the chair and get words on the page. It’s a chance to feed off the energy of my fellow authors and be inspired to finish the work.

Last month I met up with writers Danielle Monsch, Christa Mc Hugh, and Gwen Mitchell in the picturesque town of Leavenworth, Washington. Our requirements for a retreat are iffy Wi-fi, plenty of outlets, no television and a kitchen. We try to keep it simple. After we unpack, the laptops come out and words start to flow, usually after one of us throws down the gauntlet of a massive word count. Yes, we can be competitive.

As you can imagine when you get a roomful of women together, it’s not all work, work, work. There are breaks for dinner, a whiskey ginger (oh wait, that’s during the writing) and time to work out plots, marketing strategy and just discuss the latest gossip. But the heart of the weekend is the work.

There are strict building codes.
All business must look
like a Bavarian Village
Honey Crisps are in Season!
On the way home Danielle and I took a stroll through down and enjoyed one last bratwurst while plunking down another hundred words. We also stopped by the cutest fruit stand and general store. Enjoy the pics and I can’t wait till the next trip! 

*side note- Christa won us the weekend at the cabin from the Brenda Novak Auction for Diabetes Research. Susan Wiggs graciously made the donation. Look out for more auction fun next May.

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