For me, a writing retreat is that time spent with others writers where you can completely be yourself. I’m sure this doesn’t make sense at the moment so I hope to explain it better as I write this.
I make no secret that I have a very supportive family when it comes to writing, however, I also don’t make any secret of them looking at me as if I’ve grown a second head when it comes to talking about writing or my current WIP.
My ideal writing retreat is any retreat I go on with my trusted writing friends. These are fellow authors I’ve critiqued with, goaled with, brainstormed with, and just in general shared life with.
This year we are holding our writing retreat in May. It will be at a nice little bed and breakfast in Arcadia, Indiana called the Crop-A-Doodle-Do http://cropadoodledo.com/ where we will have the entire two story house to ourselves for an entire weekend. Food, campfires, writing, and socializing.
During these retreats, I enjoy the writing time and the socializing. The brainstorming is probably one of my most favorites. This gives us opportunities to discuss what we’re working on, or plan to be working on, and really takes us to a new level on bonding.
Writing retreats are amazing to help me get those writing juices flowing again. Spending time with so many creative minds the artistic energy just overflows and lingers for weeks afterward.
For me it is like a writer’s slumber party J Writers heaven so to speak. I really feel if you belong to a writers group this is the perfect way to help build your relationships with your fellow group members. It gives you an opportunity to get together with fellow authors and learn about one another on a level different from that of over the internet or in the handful of hours you spend at a writing meeting. It adds that personal touch needed to build trust.