I spent this past Friday and Saturday at a Christian writers’ retreat at Maranatha Conference Center in Muskegon, MI. It was sponsored by West Michigan Word Weavers. Maranatha is located within walking distance of Lake Michigan.
Retreats are different than conferences. At conferences you are busy the entire time listening to speakers and attending workshops. Usually there is very little time, if any, to just sit quietly and write.
Built in with the weekend retreat activities were times we could go off by ourselves, take walks, photograph things which got our attention, and then sit down and write. To have the time to do nothing but write, with no distractions, was really a treat. At home we are pulled in several directions. At the retreat we could focus totally on our writing. I did more writing in these two days than I have done at home in quite a while.
The weekend did include two training sessions: 1. on building a tribe; 2. writing bios.
A highlight of the time was Saturday morning when we had a Q & A with author Michael Hyatt via Skype. As a group West Michigan Word Weavers are reading Michael’s book, PLATFORM, so talking with him was exciting and educational.
Each of us brought books for a book exchange. Because I brought more than one book I could take more than one book. I chose two which I can not wait to start reading.
We all need retreats once in a while – a time to get away, leave the world behind, and just write.
I am thinking that I would like to take 2-3 days away from home this summer if I can afford it. I’d stay at a hotel in a different town where I could do some exploring, take some photographs, and spend hours writing.
If you have a chance to attend a writers’ retreat, take advantage of it. You will not regret it.
If you have attended a retreat please share your experience in the comments.
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