Sask Romance Writers Retreat
So, with all this going for me, how did I spend my time? I wrote. My laptop was the first thing I saw when I woke without an alarm approx 0630 each morning. I fired up both my old laptop (for writing) and my new netbook (for email and research) as I passed enroute to the bathroom.
The afternoon was similar to the morning, except for more movement. With supper not until 6 pm, writers broke up the afternoon by taking a walk. Residents and retreat members are encouraged to tour the buildings, explore the grounds, and hike on the walking trails.
Striving for self-sufficiency, the grounds contain a greenhouse, garden plots, berry bushes and an orchard. An apiary produces 100 lbs of honey per year. If you tour the mixed farm, which is about a quarter mile from the main buildings, you’ll find horses, chickens and a pasture-fed beef herd. The farm grows and stores its own wheat, barley, oats and canola.
(L to R) *Joanne Brothwell, Muriel, *Anne Germaine, Hazel Kellner, Georgina, Carrie Ann Schemenauer, *Anita Mae Draper, and Jessica Eissfeldt (*Prairie Chicks)
Monday morning, Georgina left and after a nice lunch with Hazel, who lives in the area, I began the 4 hr drive home.
Was the weekend a success? A resounding, YES! Without domestic duties, interruptions or responsibilities, I made tremendous progress on Emma’s Outlaw. Even though we had internet access in our rooms, I made a point of not checking blogs or surfing the net unless I needed it for research. Plus, I was able to spend some quality time with 7 fantastic writers whom I never get to see on a social basis.
Writers: If you’ve been on a retreat, where did you go? Or where would you go?
Readers: If you could go on a retreat with a dozen books, where would you go? And what genre would you bring?