I have returned…

from my writers retreat.

This was my first ‘more than one day’ writing event and it was different. The critique was about the same as the Norwescon writers round-robin I’ve done three times now, and the lectures weren’t much different from the writing panels I’ve gone to either, but the big difference was the unstructured social gatherings we did in cabin 601.  Wow, they were almost indescribable.  Put 20-30 writers in one room to talk and things get fast, furious, funny AND INTERESTING. Those of you that go to cons have experienced how the average I.Q. of the people in the conversation goes up approx 20 pts phenonanom, well when all the participants are writers the average increase is greater. This was one of the few times that I felt like everyone in the room was as smart as me* or smarter. It was so awesome.

There were some times when my hearing wasn’t working properly, so I may have come off like a wall-flower on occasion because I didn’t get what had just been said, but I enjoyed being there so very much. I want to go again. 🙂

And Karen, the amazing lady who runs it, will hold another one next July, to be specific July 21-23 of 2011. It’s expected to cost more next year because she’s expanding it to have three crit groups and will need to pay the costs for three pros next year. She wants to hold it at the same place again too, which I did like.

The Ocean Crest Resort is a lovely quirky place with rooms tucked into odd spaces. My room was one of the ‘studio’ rooms and was tiny, squeezed between two larger suites with the window facing another room’s window across the entry hall. Someone mentioned it was a family business, and I believe it because it looks like it grew organically, without a master plan. Buildings are set haphazardly on the property, with some across hwy 109 from the front desk. I will also mention that there is nothing else out there. This is a destination resort to get away from civilization. Hwy 109 is a two-lane narrow road with many sharp corners and few guard-rails.  However, the views are spectacular, and the accommodations feel like you’re staying in someone’s house instead of a hotel. If you want a homey welcome feel when you visit the Washington Coast this is it.

My hunnybun and I are discussing going here the next time we ‘run away from home.’

*For those who may want to know, and this info is here not for ego purposes, but to give reference to the description above, I have tested between 145 and 150 on I.Q. tests. Please don’t hate me now, okay? 😉
 

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