I’m thrilled to be able to share the wonder of my first writing retreat experience with readers of Good Reading magazine in their Writer’s Life section, published this month.
In late June 2015 I went on an eight day retreat in Oxford and the Cotswolds with best-selling Australian novelist, Kate Forsyth. The retreat was an intense, rewarding, and extraordinary experience, which nourished my imagination in ways I didn’t even know I needed, the positive effects of which still stay with me and my writing.
On a writing note, I loved revisiting my notes and photos to put this article together. It reminded me of the value of journalling, even if you’re only scribbling bullet points with sensory observations. This publication was also a great opportunity to flex writing muscles long neglected by novel-writing, and to draw from lived story to create a professional pitch, drafts, and then final article submission. I’m so pleased with the result, and to see the article in print.
My heartfelt thanks for these opportunities to Tim Graham and Rowena Marcom at Good Reading Magazine, wonder woman Carol Crennan at Bookshop Travel, and of course to Kate Forsyth, the most magical Glinda I know.