Thursday, November 29, 2012

Photos of Writers' Retreat

I recently attended the Federation of BC Writers writers' retreat (November 22 to 25). I'd like to share this experience with you.
 The first stop on our journey

Lunch with friends (Gail Woodward, Amber Harvey, Doreen Dyck, me and Robin Spano)

Rivendell Retreat Centre on Bowen Island





 Walking the labyrinth (Thanks to Crystal Favel for this photo and the one below)

 Back row:  Amber Harvey, Kelly Dycavinu, Patricia Dobie, Rosemary Rigsby, Crystal Favel
Front row:  Pandora Ballard, me (Leanne Dyck), Ben Nuttall-Smith, Gail Woodward
 Where the magic happened
Each night we were invited to read our work. I read a flash fiction piece the first night; a short story and poem on the second night. I was delighted to have such a supportive and attentive audience.
(Thanks to Pandora Ballard for this photo and the one below)
 I appreciate Ben Nuttall-Smith taking the time and trouble to fine tune my writing. His pencil moved skillfully through my manuscript adding clarity and removing "fatty" extra words. I know I will continue to benefit from his guidance.
 Retreat organizer Pandora Ballard and Federation of BC Writers vice-president Ben Nuttall-Smith worked tirelessly on behalf of the group. The retreat was a great success and I look forward to next year.
My room contained a comfortable bed and a large desk. What more could my muse and I ask for?
After four days I missed my husband but really didn't want to leave.

2 comments:

laurie Buchanan said...

I'm GREEEEEEEEEEEN with envy!

Author Leanne Dyck said...

: ) I'm very much enjoying accompanying you to Mexico--thanks to your blog. I say that we are both blessed to live interesting, rewarding lives.