Paula’s Post #27 – Tomorrow, March 20th, the seasons turn once again and we welcome the first day of Spring, a season of of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal and regrowth. Depending on where you live, you may be starting to see the first tulips or daffodils stretching up towards the sun, or, if you’re lucky enough to live on a farm, like my 5writer colleague Silk, you may be welcoming in the first new ‘babies’ of the year: lambs on their wobbly, spindly legs, adorable kittens and puppies, or the iconic baby bunnies and chicks that we celebrate in our somewhat confusing part pagan, part Christian, Easter celebrations.
Spring is also a time of renewal for writers. When I decided on a topic for this week’s post, I had no idea how many ‘spring’ writers’ conferences and retreats exist to help those with lagging spirits and waning creativity recharge their writers’ batteries and move forward with fresh enthusiasm.
If you’re a writer looking for a little inspiration, you may wish to check out what’s available in your area. Google away and you too will discover dozens of tempting conferences and retreats.
Personally, my attention was caught by Writer’s Renaissance in Florence, Italy, April 7th to 13th, but don’t get too excited, because it’s sold out. Okay, since that one is not an option, what else is out there?
How about the Relax and Write Retreat and Writer’s Conference at the Cuixmala Resort on 25,000 private acres on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, offering unparalleled beauty, luxurious accommodations and exquisite food (at least according to the website).
Oooh! Sign me up!
Or, if Mexico’s not your thing, how about joining headliner John Grisham at the Readers and Writers Retreat at Castle Hill in Keswick, Virginia May 20-23.
If you fancy the beautiful Oregon Coast, why not check out Dean Wesley Smith’s workshop on Character, Voice and Setting, April 6th-13th for a very reasonable $650 plus $50 per night room rate, but you better hurry, because this popular instructor’s courses frequently sell out. If you haven’t heard of Dean Wesley Smith, just ask our 5writer colleague Joe about Dean’s workshops.
But I don’t intend to write a treatise on writers’ conference and retreats, I’m already way over my word allotment after last week’s mega post: The Elephant in the Room. If you read that post, you’ll know that I could do with a little ‘spring renewal’ of my own. But this week, we 5writers are going to meet face-to-face for the very first time since the 5writers challenge commenced on September 5th, 2012. We have a full agenda, including the future of this blog and ideas for scheduling our own retreat to critique the five, 5writers novels. We’ve a few ideas: cruise ship, remote mountain cabin, a sweltering summer in Palm Springs where we’ll be forced to stay cooped up indoors and work, work, work. Maybe you have a suggestion for our venue for this mega critique marathon?
If you’ve an idea for renewing your passion for writing this spring, please share with us. We could all use a little inspiration.