Greetings on a lovely Tuesday morning! With all the rain behind us for the moment, I can calm down and think again about my fabulous weekend at WRWDC’s annual retreat, In the Company of Writers.
This is one of my favorite retreats. It’s small and relaxed, but still has the energy that comes from friends meeting for two full days to talk about writing and publishing, in every possible format.
What were my favorite parts of the retreat?
- The food. Seriously. It just kept coming – although the Saturday night desserts caused a near stampede. One poor waiter saw his tray of cheesecake slices vanished before he could get them to the serving table.
- The seminars – My favorites: Bella Andre’s Ten Tips to Indie Success, Elaine English on Copyright (yes, it really was interesting) and the Keynote speeches. I know I’m leaving something out, but everyone put on such a great presentation, and I couldn’t be everywhere at once!
- The bar. Yes. Seriously. We all were given a ticket for a free drink to start the weekend off. Need I say more?
- The Editor/Agent appointments – where we are ushered into a private room with our editors and have a chance to chat. I had a request!
Raffle baskets. This is a big deal with WRW – the drawings took nearly an hour on Sunday afternoon. I won two baskets!
- Camaraderie – Should I have listed this first? The dynamics of the retreat is that of meeting old friends, rekindling friendships, and making new friends. For me, it was my first retreat under my new pseudonym. On one level, I expected someone to tell me, “Who are you kidding? That’s not your name!” Didn’t happen.
Last, the Elvis Romance Jeopardy game. Imagine 100 women, many dressed in varying degrees of Elvis-ness. You had to be there. You really did.
Seriously. You had to be there.
14 thoughts on “My Weekend in A Bigger Pond”
It was such an amazing weekend – loved reading this! And I’m soooooo happy you won my first author raffle basket!!! I know it found an amazing home – enjoy!!!!! 😉
And I already broke my own promise to myself – those Reese cups are too tempting!
Sounds like a lot of fun! I love writer retreats. There’s so much energy going on, it makes you want to jump right in and get writing.
Winning the baskets was a thrill. Getting a request was better! I always feel energized when I come home from a conference.
We had so much fun!!!!! And my daughter LOVED her half of the Frozen basket — thank you again for your generosity. She remembered the M&M ricke krispie treats, too. Thanks for the laughs, Susan! Can’t wait to see you again.
Awwww, so cute! Give her a hug for me, I was so very happy to share.
It looks like loads of fun. Was in in Washington State or DC?
This conference was in Maryland. WRW was my first writing group, and I always feel a little sentimental going back.
Where? I didn’t know. A free drink to start off the weekend. So, where is this? Next year will you take me along? Fun to hear about this, and all the goodies and seminars.
I’ll make sure you know next year, Gail. This year was definitely a lot of fun!
Great post, Susan. We had a blast of a weekend!
Thanks, Denny. I had fun there, and got to relive some of it searching for photos on Facebook!
It’s always fun to get together with you! There’s never a dull moment. Never.
And I have two words: Italian Surfer. That’s all. I think I’ll go google that drink to see if I can find out how to make it…
I’ll report back if I do. Or maybe I won’t if I have all the ingredients.
Haha, Kim! We will compare notes when we meet again!
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