Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Lovely Writers Retreat

This past Saturday, August 9th, was the annual retreat for Pikes Peak Writers volunteers to thank us for our service to the organization. The retreat was held at the lovely Monument home of Chris Mandeville, the outgoing PPW President. Workshops were offered, as well as massages and yoga and nature strolls, quiet places to write, and more. Everyone brought offerings for a pot luck lunch, and beverages and breakfast and snack items were provided. Also, Chris solicited prizes from local businesses for drawings, and free books were available for the taking.

I want to pass on my kudos to Chris Mandeville and all the volunteers who contributed to make the volunteer retreat a special experience. I had a great day playing with words with Sue Mitchell, turning my log line into a "high concept" pitch with Karen Lin, walking around Chris's peaceful neighborhood and getting a massage from the magic fingers of Barbara Spiller, dry-running a Character Toolbox workshop with co-presenter Chris (we hope to do it at PPW spring conference), and listening to some outstanding readings at the American Icon practice in "The Wretched Pun" pub. I left relaxed, renewed, and revved up (a motorcycle pun for those of you who were there) to write and write some more.

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