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Writers’ Retreat

I just returned from a writers’ retreat.  It was fun, relaxing, productive, and energizing all at the same time.  There’s something so nice about gathering with a bunch of like-minded people.  They understand how something small can seem so major.  For writers, that can be something as mundane as finding the right word.  For instance, I had to walk up to somebody and ask, “What’s that button you push on your car to make it hold at one speed?”  I couldn’t think of “cruise control” for the life of me.  But writers get this.  She answered, and I simply turned around and walked out of the room.  LOL   Really, it’s comforting to be around other people who “get” you.  The world wouldn’t go around without different types of people but, just for a week, it’s great to hang out in an environment where you are “normal.”

The creative energy at the retreat helped, as did the scenery.  We were right on the beach, with waves crashing and dolphins swimming nearby.  If something like that doesn’t inspire you, nothing will.  Here’s a shot of sunrise over Virginia Beach.

So what do you do to recharge and reboot?  Who “gets” you?


  1. Linda Sands

    There is nothing better than spending time with people who “get it” and “get you.” Sounds like you had a great time. We run a coastal writer’s retreat for women that brings both of the elements you just described together.
    At Write by the Water, writers interact, get time and space to write and are able to spend time with the retreat author in residence and pitch a NYC agent.

    If you’d like to learn more about us, or apply for the Winter retreat on the coast of NC, take a look at our site:
    All best,

    Linda Sands, Gwen Morrison

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