In about two hours I'll be heading to the hills with a load of supplies for the inaugural Writers Retreat where six of us will spend a cosy two days writing and having writerly discussions at Fernglen Forest Retreat. The idea came about because someone said, 'Be great to have a writers retreat', and hey presto, months and many hours planning later, here we are. The day is upon us. This particular retreat has 6 attendees and they are all members of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. It should be fun, as long as we don't lose power, in our secluded cabin in the woods ...
This is our schedule:
Friday: After meeting at the retreat venue in the afternoon, we'll have a Christmas in July dinner at a local restaurant. Then it's plotting, chatting and writing - but not too late with the chatting! We have some serious writing to get done.
Saturday: No sleeping-in here! After a cooked breakfast, our guest speaker award-winning author and editor Deborah Sheldon will arrive and talk about her 30 years+ in the writing and publishing industry. Deb will join us for a selection of gourmet pies from the local bakery for lunch, then it's back to writing. Dinner will be a serve-yourself Mexican fiesta and then there's more writing and of course, dessert.
Sunday: Maybe it's a workshopping morning, maybe not. On Sunday we'll play it by ear as it will be the last chance to write before we check out at 12.00 noon. Guests are invited to an optional lunch post weekend at a nearby book cafe, just to end on a writerly note.
It's going to be cold in the hills, but I forecast warm conversation lots of productive writing.
Photo courtesy of Fernglen Forest Retreat.