Monday, May 24, 2010

A Neat Retreat

I recently attended a Highlights Founders workshop at Boyds Mills, Writing Your First Novel, led by Sandy Asher. I stayed in one of the private cabins, the one dedicated to the memory of "Uncle" Jack Myers, the science editor of Highlights for many years. Jack was like a favorite uncle to those of us privileged to work with him, so it was a special pleasure to stay there, surrounded by photos of him. Through the windows I had a serene view of the green, bird-filled woods.
Sandy runs an intelligent, productive, and supportive workshop. Lots of good insights and reminders to bring home and chew on. Lots of hands-on exercises for that "oh, I get it" moment. Lots of thoughtful critiques. Lots of good food, too!
Of course, getting to know fellow participants is one of the best parts of a retreat. For some, it was their first time to come to a workshop like this. That takes courage. I enjoyed seeing everyone grow more comfortable and more confident as the workshop went on.

Thanks to Colleen Sanders for the photos!

Sandy Asher and David Harrison have a very special Web site, America Writes for Kids,  dedicated to helping teachers and students connect with writers. If you are a published author who would like to be listed on their Web site, just contact them. You can link to their Web site, or for a small fee, you can create a page on their site.


  1. Agreed; this was pretty much the best workshop ever. I'm still dreaming about Marcia's homemade cookies and all of the lovely little threads of wisdom that we unraveled as the days went on. Thanks for letting me slip back into my reverie for a moment. :)

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  3. Thanks for the link, Marileta! See you on the porch. . .