I just got back from the Author Transformation Alliance’s Annual Spring Retreat. This year it was held at the Natural Bridge Hotel in Natural Bridge, VA (Lexington I believe). The site was amazing, and I am really glad that I decided to actually go and see the Natural Bridge. It was gorgeous, but my back started spasming and I didn’t go any further.
I did take the shuttle back to the visitor’s center, and then it was time to go back to class.
Audrey led us through some writing exercises and gave us some tools for combatting writer’s block. I ran my plotting class (which was the first time I did it live. Usually, I run this class for my local NaNoWriMo group and I am doing it remotely.)
After that, there were classes on descriptive writing, yoga, mobile photography, self-care for creatives, developing a 90-day strategy. The organization was great – we started with classes on writing, and then followed what comes after you’ve finished writing and finally taking care of yourself and treating your writing as a business.
I came home refreshed, inspired (and totally exhausted). I slept a lot Monday and then there were errands to run, and artwork to drop off. (I cheated and used a copy of ‘When I Wake From Dreaming’ as art. It is pretty… and it has my name on it. 🙂 )
If you have a chance to go to a writer’s retreat do it – if you have time in March 2020, I’d recommend the ATA Spring Writer’s Retreat (current plan is March 2020 and Audrey is looking into having it in Natural Bridge again.)