The first weekend in May a group of twenty writers from Minnesota (along with a few Wisconsin neighbors) got together for a weekend writers retreat. No teacher, no speaker, no agenda. Just time to write, recharge, and spend time with other writers in a beautiful setting–lake-side Camp Lebanon.
Some of us went up early on Friday to start our weekend with a tour of three historic sites in and around Little Falls, Minnesota, home of debut author and local history enthusiast, Gabrielle Meyer. Together we toured the Charles Lindbergh Home & Museum, Fort Ripley Military Museum, and the historic Weyerhaeuser Mansion.
After that, we drove to the camp to join those already gathering there. We shared a lovely chalet with private and semi private rooms, and a large meeting area. The best part of the camp for me were the lakeside trails to walk. It felt so good to be outside after our long winter!
Some of us brainstormed new book ideas. Others wrote. Some edited. In the evening, we enjoyed a campfire, and a round (or six) of Speed Scrabble. (A game which has existed long before someone put scrabble-type letters in a yellow tube and marketed it as Bananagrams.) I usually have to bribe my husband and sons to play with me, but these fellow word-nerds loved it!
I didn’t get a lot of work done, but I didn’t really expect to with so many writers to talk with, and beautiful trails to explore. It was a good time for me to unwind after working on revisions for my December release, and before I start the next book in earnest. I came away with a few new ideas and a few new friends, plus I was able to spend time outdoors on a beautiful spring weekend. Ahhhh….a relaxing and restorative retreat. Now I’m ready to move ahead with the next book!