This year I seem to find myself at a crossroads with regard to my writing. I am not sure which of several roads to take; even my next step is not clear to me. Unlike many of the workshop participants, I do not have a manuscript in progress. So the most obvious thing I hope to find there is a sense of direction.
But more importantly, and in fact as a prerequisite to gaining direction, I need some time to soak up the presence and love of God. The Workshop schedule has built-in times for hiking, praying… getting away from the usual clamor so I can pay closer attention to the Lord. I anticipate, then, a time of spiritual renewal and refreshment.
Next, four well-respected authors make up the Workshop faculty — with one of my faves among them. This presents an exciting opportunity to learn from the best. Even though the Workshop lasts just a few short days, we will get to interact with these experienced writers. Some will make assignments and budget some time for writing. With this in mind, I anticipate gaining some valuable feedback on my work.
But there’s more than just work. “Keynote” sessions, breaks and social activities will allow us participants to get acquainted. Wherever we stand on the writing scale, from novice to pro, we can all encourage and inspire each other. And so I joyfully anticipate meeting new, like-minded friends.
As if these were not motivating enough to have me waiting at the airport six hours before my flight, now I have an added bonus. Mary, one of my very bestest friends from Back In The Day when we both had newborn babies, has registered to attend the Workshop too. The word “anticipation” is hardly strong enough for this one… I can’t wait to hug me a girlfriend! After many years of separate adventures, we shall have an enjoyable time chatting. (Or, as Mary herself more aptly put it, “They should be very very afraid.”)
Thanks for reading!
PS: Join me at Rachel Anne’s for Company Girl Coffee — and see what Flash the donkey is up to now!