Saturday, January 18, 2014

Winter Island / Writer Island



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 Artwork by Susan Mustard

There's a reason why we chose winter for the second Writer Island retreat. I love this hibernal time, when the urgency of holiday festivities are over, when the garden lies dormant, and nearly every plant shows signs of being on the verge.

http://orcasartsmith.org/workshops.html

This is the most productive writing time for me, that long, suspenseful moment before leaf and blossom. Not only do I feel inspired by winter's quiet progression, but the moodiness of daytime's angled light and the crackle of evening's winter fire provide the perfect conditions for writing.

http://orcasartsmith.org/workshops.html

The only thing that could make it better is the presence of other writers -- amazing writers and teachers like Martha Silano and Tina Schumann -- to hold that creative space, encourage and inspire one another, and later share new works (preferably accompanied by a complex and jammy red).

If you love writing in winter, too... If you could use a nurturing retreat where you can write during the day and share your work at night... If you love good food and the stimulating company of other writers... do yourself a favor and sign up for Writer Island January 31 to February 2. Give your writing the space and time it deserves.




2 comments:

  1. I grew up on Orcas Island and remember when Kangaroo House began! I wish I had known about this neat opportunity before it was too late - sounds marvelous. I'm a freelance writer and am writing an Orcas-inspired book. :-)

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    1. Ooh, an Orcas-inspired book! Stay tuned. We'll have more writing retreats to come!

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