Though it’s already Thursday, I am still recovering from my weekend at Darcy Pattison’s Novel Revision Retreat. This is the second time I’ve attended this workshop, and I’m glad I went back for seconds. It’s a lot to absorb in just one go. For those who don’t know, we are put in groups of four to critique each other’s manuscripts and work through the exercises together. I had a wonderful group: McCourt Thomas, Sara Joiner and Julie Herman.
Between writing exercises, many of us took walks on Camp Allen’s lovely wooded grounds. Pictured here are three of my regular critique group buddies, Melissa Buron (check out her interview with Nikki Loftin!), Varsha Bajaj, and Laura Ruthven.
Camp Allen was an excellent venue. Our rooms were spacious and comfortable, the food was good and plentiful (boy, was it plentiful! I should have taken pictures of the blackberry cobbler, peach cobbler and Blue Bell ice cream buffet) and our conference room set up worked perfectly. There were comfortable nooks and sitting areas scattered throughout the conference center which worked great for those who required a quieter setting to do their writing exercises.
By the way, for any of you who haven’t taken this workshop, I’d like you to know that although I (and everyone else I talked to) thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, this Novel Revision Retreat should have the word Revision in bold letters. This is a working workshop. I went to bed exhausted both nights, but my head was spinning with revision thoughts all night.
I hope we get to have Darcy here again. I know she does workshops with other themes, and I would love to learn more from her.
Check out more posts on this retreat from Shelli Cornelison, Sara Joiner, Julie Herman, and Linda Leschak. I hear a rumor that more are forthcoming from Joy Preble. If any other writers who attended put up a blog post about it, please let me know in the comments!