Friday, 4 October 2013

Time for the Writing Retreat

It's October -- and you know what that means.

Writing retreat time is upon us! Let all the world rejoice!

What do RWACers do at our annual retreat?

First, there's the gorgeous drive to the cottage, which we rent each year. So far we've been doing one retreat per year, for the past decade at the same beautiful spot, but next year we're thinking of adding a second retreat and trying out some new locations.

People arrive with supplies.

The first night is generally taken up with unwinding, chatting, sharing a potluck dinner and re-setting our brains away from the everyday into the zone of the retreat.

We also usually play Whose Muse is Whose? We bring a picture of the inspiration for characters we're working on, and then we try to guess what sort of characters they will be in the book, and which writer is inspired by them.

Mini quiches have been a mainstay of retreat breakfasts. Mmm.

RWAC retreat glam shots -- because we don't want to be misleading to the public perception of romance writers.

For the past few years, we've started jotting down memorable out-of-context quotes said during the retreat.

In past years, we've scheduled craft-of-writing workshops.

For the past few years, we've replaced the workshops with timed writing sessions, where for a one-hour period everyone works on their current projects. No talking. Just tappity-tappity-tap on the keyboards, or scribble-scribble in notebooks.

All of this timed writing and wine drinking really pays off.

The brainstorming session has been the overall favorite of RWACers by far!

The walk over to the main lodge for dinner at the restaurant is guaranteed to be a tiny piece of paradise -- unless it's raining. That's what the cars are for.

Doesn't mean we behave, though. I'm not sure what it's like to be the dinners sitting near us, but it sure is fun to be us.

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  1. Behave? Why in the world would we do that? Ain't gonna happen! I am SO looking forward to this.

  2. I'm so excited for the retreat this year!!! I've been head down in revisions for too long and need to come up for a breather and work on some new stuff while surrounded by my writing buds, wine and good eats!!

  3. The retreat is the best! This will be the first year since I joined RWAC that I won't be able to make it. Will be thinking of you all and look forward to hearing all about it once you get back!

  4. Have a great weekend! I've got next October in my sights