A full moon rising over the horizon. This was sure to be oodles of fun.
Friday night I began the proceedings with an opening keynote that was part inspirational (to get the folks in the mood) and part story – talking about creating believable characters, and finding story, and listening to the child voice, while my Sunday morning keynote was about the writer’s life or more specifically, about my favourite subject (nearly) – ME.
Saturday saw the Spring Writer’s Retreat with first Kendra and then Mallory delivering terrific workshops that really made the participants think, and ponder, and come up with some absolutely stirling writing pieces. Kendra, who is also a life coach, really had the folks move to a ‘solitary’ place in their minds (the room was silent with nearly all eyes closed) to really get the creative juices flowing and Mallory had folks writing heaps though out.
Interspersed with these, the folks were engaged in peer-to-peer groups critiquing existing synopsis and manuscripts. Some came with completed manuscripts – that they then decided need more work. Saturday evening was an open mike time for the folks to read their synopsis and generate discussion. It was great experience for them to read their work aloud to an audience!
peer to peer
more peer to peer
Teresa and Bonnie (2/3 of the team behind the Carolinas) experimented with the operation of this programme and they should be really thrilled at the result. It was a huge success and everyone was buzzed with the days and having time to just create, develop, and draw down on their experiences. I was thrilled to be able to jump in and comment throughout.
Of course I have to mention food, and now I have added a Carolina’s Sampler with pulled roast pork, Hoppin’ John, collard greens, and black pepper cornbread; breakfast of grits and biscuit; Jalapeño-cheddar Hushpuppies … lure the names! Still don’t know what Hoppin’ Johns are.
carolina smapler with Hoppin John and cornbread
grits biscuits eggs
dinner beet salad
A few stray copies of Water (left over from the New England Conference) were in my bags and these were acquired (thankfully … it meant I didn’t have even more weight in my luggage home) and signed. Then on Sunday morning I was told how a family of boys loved reading Water. That morning they discovered in their yard and sent back with their mom a five leaf clover for me … that was soon sitting on my computer. Just adorable.
with kendra and mallory
So thanks SCBWI Carolinas for bringing me down to join in the Spring Writer’s Retreat.
More on the Carolinas later but Pam Vaughan (official photographer for the New England conference last weekend) has just sent me oodles and poodles of photos … so if you don’t want to see piccies of me in action – then look away now! There are photos of me with friends, of me panelling, photos […]