The opportunity to go to a one-day writing retreat organized by Hedgebrook magically appeared on the horizon a couple of weeks ago. I jumped at it. A chance to spend the day writing, learning from writers, hanging out with writers? Heaven. Not to mention that I would perforce be free of other minion duties…
The day turned out even better than expected. I took a writing workshop with Sherri Smith, whose books I now must read — especially Lucy the Giant, which sounds delicious.
Hedgebrook, I have just learned, has residencies as well as master classes and workshops to support visionary women writers, so check out their website at https://www.hedgebrook.org/ Applications are now being accepted for next year.
I’m a writer. I’ve made a living writing, at various times in my life, for theater, for a current affairs show, and for hour-long television. But whether or I make a living writing, I make my life by writing. Like my family and chocolate, it’s a non-negotiable necessity.
This blog is for everyone else out there who feels the same.
I love to read blogs by other writers (and directors and artists) that give a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their process and their lives. Now, let’s face it, most of my behind-the-scenes time is spent sitting at the computer struggling to find the right words — and to keep from frittering away too much time on video games. But there are some things I do right and a ton I do wrong, so perhaps you can learn from my mistakes. Someone should.