MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Nov.15/17 – Writing Workshop
This past weekend I went to a writing workshop at Five Oaks in Paris, Ontario. I’ve been there many times before over the years. Five Oaks was once the summer meeting ground of the Cayuga nation, and is therefore sacred ground. There’s a labyrinth, which I walked before I started my first book, walking trails in the nearby woods, and it sits on the Grand River. The accomodations are simple, the staff is accomodating, and the Acorn Cafe where you can get a good meal.
Whenever I go to one of these writing workshops, run by “Storylines”, I never fail to become inspired by the leadership of Nora Zlystra-Savage. Sometimes we write memoir, other times fiction, and she even offers courses that encourages deep inner exploration through understanding myths and how it relates to you personally.
This most recent weekend was, for me, about getting away to have hours of uninterrupted writing time. We started out the morning with writing prompts and sharing, then by 10:30 am we go our separate ways to write until 4:30 pm., whith a break for lunch and community building. I always meet amazing people and learn so much about their lives and am forever amazed at some of the things these men and women have experienced during their lifetime. Of course, I learn many things about writing and marketing as well. The evening is for sharing our stories, or in my case, I continued to write. I really appreciated the freedom to continue working on my new book. It’s so hard to take the time when I’m at home because there are so many distractions. I enjoyed my writing time so much, I plan on renting one of their rooms at Five Oaks, or perhaps the Hermitage (a self-contained one bedroom cottate) to spend an entire week writing.
So if you ever get the chance, try a writing retreat. You never know who you’ll meet, or what you learn. But you can be sure of one thing; it will be worthwhile.