My brain is completely full tonight. It's still processing all the information I picked up at our fall retreat. Since Friday, my days have been jam-packed with editor workshops, friends, and food. I applied for this retreat last summer, and I'm so glad I did.
We gathered at the beautiful Alderbrook Resort on Hood Canal.
The amazing Jolie Stekly, our Retreat Director, along with members of our Advisory Committee, put together an over the top weekend. I'm not sure how many writers were there--I think between fifty and sixty. We were divided into groups that circulated in and out of First Pages Intensives and workshops. The sessions were led by editors Cheryl Klein (Arthur A. Levine Books) and Ruta Rimas (Balzer + Bray).
Both editors worked at warp speed, hour after hour. And the attendees? We were working right along with them. The workshops were fabulously intense. The closest thing I can offer as proof: we were given a full tablet of paper upon our arrival. I had to go to my room yesterday between sessions to get the paper I'd brought from home because I only had one page left in my tablet by 10:15 am!
I'm breaking this into two posts, but I'll leave you with a picture from the weekend.
Kjersten Anna Hayes, Nina Hess, Jennifer Mann, and I at the beginning of the retreat
(We didn't mean to stand in alphabetical order, but I just realized we did. Are we talented writers or what?)