Three years ago, I signed up for the Write-By-The-Lake Retreat at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It’s a week-long event that gives writers a week to focus only on their writing, whatever it may be. It was close enough I could drive there, and reasonable enough I was able to save up for it.
It was a fork-in-the-road moment. I needed to get to the next level in my writing, and the Master Novel program seemed like the way to do it. The Master Novel class is taught by Christine DeSmet, and I’d read rave reviews about it. The class is limited to six writers and their complete novels. I signed up for a week of intense novel examination with five other women and a writing teacher with many years of experience.
Little did any of us know that week would be the start of friendships that would continue for years.
After three years, we are still cheerleaders for each other, offering encouragement when we lose our drive, ideas and suggestions when we run into a road block, and just all-around camaraderie. We all started in the Midwest, and now we’re scattered from Michigan to California, yet we manage to keep in touch.
Treasure the connections you make with other writers. We’re a fickle, crazy, hermetic lot. I’ve met so many neat people in the past few years; the Internet is great for helping us get in touch with each other. To all the great writers I’ve met online–glad to have the chance to know you!
What a great challenge this has been! If you are tagged by a fellow writer for a challenge, just try it. It’ll be fun 🙂
I was nominated to take part in this photo challenge by Andrea Connolly, who shared wonderful images of the sea and sailing, along with great prose.
The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:
1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive day
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!