October 29, 2010

Autumn Writer's Retreat



This past week, Deborah Raney and I hosted a writer's retreat at Murphy's Landing in Stark, KS. We began with an invitation list of eight, but due to illness and family death, our count went down to four. And even though we dearly missed those who couldn't be with us, it was almost a blessing, as I think we would have been a bit crowded with ten.

Entrance to our retreat headquarters.

We had lovely weather for the retreat. High's in 60's and lows in 40's.

However, we missed our chance to sit out on the porch one day, and the next seemed too cool and windy.

Each person brought food to share for each of the meals, and boy, were they delicious. Seemed like we were always eating.

But we worked, too! Deb and I each led writing workshops.

And then we had some fantastic brainstorming sessions.

And debated and answered lots of questions.

And of course, giggled.

One of our inside jokes was that the cabin had only one bathroom. Can you imagine ten women sharing one bathroom? Well, if we had an emergency, we could always use this one!


Quiet time with a good book?



Breakfasts were served at Murphy's Cafe in Stark.

Let me tell you, the pies and biscuits are the best! So good. And we did enjoy them!


Deb and I held a booksigning at the cafe on the last morning of the retreat and visited with many of the cafe patrons. I'm so glad I had this opportunity to share Deb's books with my local readers! I'm sure all of them will become new fans for her!


None of us wanted the retreat to end, so we've already picked our dates for next year.
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