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Patricia Young

Jul 16, 2013, 3:56 PM

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Hello! I would love to hear your thoughts regarding writing retreats to develop or nurture the craft. I have been writing/journaling/sketching for as long as I can remember. It is my pleasure, my go to expression - when life throws me curve balls or roses. However, this is the first time it has presented itself as something more than an escape or guilty pleasure.
As luck, karma, chance, whatever would have it, I have the opportunity to go to a four day retreat in early Fall. I am excited and anxious. Any thoughts, advice, cautions, or should do's would be greatly appreciated. Are retreats something you do on a regular basis? Are there other courses/workshops you would suggest that would also be helpful (I live in the tri-state area). What do you know now that you wish you had known or done early in your career?
I sincerely thank you for taking time to read my thoughts and share your pearls of wisdom.Breathe Deep, Think Peace


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Jul 16, 2013, 4:26 PM

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Are you going on a retreat or to a workshop?

I go on a retreat at least once a year (thanks to my overly generous wife), which involves a condo, a lot of golf, and a lot of writing. Sometimes I bring a book on craft with me, but I don't usually get around to reading it, so the only effect on my writing is that I get in a little more of my 10,000 hours. That's good, of course, but it doesn't do for me what a workshop does.

I also go to a workshop every year, or almost. That gives me some guidance, and often something to work on for the next year. Since so little is within driving distance, I go for the-full week workshops rather than the shorter ones, but that's just a personal preference. Lately I've been going to Colgate, and I'm pretty satisfied with that, although I'm sure there are plenty of others that would also suit me.

What do I wish I had known earlier in my career? That I'm a poet, not a fiction writer.


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Patricia Young

Jul 16, 2013, 5:16 PM

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Thank you Pongo for writing back! Yep, guess you can tell I'm a little excited, this is my first forum to be able to first and foremost learn, but to also share and bounce ideas and questions without feeling like I'm over stepping.
I'm attending a retreat in Montana in early September. Planning to stay a couple extra days, as the airfare is higher than I anticipated and if I didn't extend the days, I'd end up paying almost $300 more - go figure. Hug your wife for me that she can indulge your craft and your golf game! My husband is also ubber supportive, but since we both lost our jobs two years ago, money has been beyond tight. So to go on this retreat for some people is irresponsible, for me, the money appeared - call it a sign, or just dumb luck, I have to believe there is a reason and direction I'm suppose to go.
If I may ask, what does the 10,000 hrs represent? Is it 10k of writing time, inspiration time, reading, a combination? You mentioned Colgate - the college? Where would you suggest I look for workshops?Forgive me if my Italian side talks too much!Thank you again :)


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Jul 16, 2013, 9:42 PM

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There's an argument that you have to do something for 10,000 hours before you can master it. I guess with writing it has to include more than the time your fingers are shaping words, but it would have to be hard to quantify, really.

Yes, Colgate University, which has a summer workshop in June (in Hamilton, NY, driving distance from NYC).

http://writing.shawguides.com/ is a place to start looking for workshops and retreats. You can also look at http://www.pw.org/...nces_and_residencies or http://www.artistcommunities.org/clist.html. And there are many other sources of information.


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Jul 27, 2013, 8:32 PM

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For five years I have attended the week long writers' conference in Port Townsend, Washington. Nothing else has helped me develop my craft as much as the intensive workshops, readings, lectures, and immersion in the writing community. Google "Centrum" and find out more. It's worth every freaking penny.

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