Friday, February 5, 2010

Saugatuck Writing Retreat
Angela Knight

October 2009 was beautiful in Saugatuck: fall colors, cool weather, a Lake Michigan view, and the company of supportive writers.

Eight EMWP participants spent a late October weekend in three of the cottages at Timber Bluff. From Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, we had a flexible schedule of writing, sharing, eating, and relaxing.

Progress was made on professional articles and books, a screenplay, and several forays into fiction. A few participants were gearing up for National Novel Writing Month and spent some retreat time on character development and backstory. Thanks to the generous underwriting of the EMWP, participants paid only for their lodging and one meal when we ventured out for a break to wander, eat, and shop in Saugatuck. Participants received a moleskin journal, two breakfasts, and a dinner. Many had leftovers for lunch before departing home on Sunday.

As with all things, it was the company that made this writing retreat such a success. There is no better place to be than in the company of EMWP, regardless of audience, purpose, or genre.

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