So I spent this past week in Rockaway Beach, Oregon at Lori L. Lake’s Colonyhouse Writing Retreat. The Colonyhouse is owned by the Oregon Writers Colony, and it’s an amazing place. Here are some pictures of the beach across the street, and boy, it’s beautiful!
It’s the third time I’ve attended Lori’s retreat, and I have to tell you that it was, once again, one of the best writing experiences I’ve ever had. Each of the three times I’ve participated, I’ve come away with substantial work done. Of course there was plenty of beach time when it wasn’t raining to stir the creative juices!
I’ve been dragging my feet on getting a short story finished for an upcoming anthology commemorating the now deceased ex-owner of Once Upon a Crime Mystery Bookstore in Minneapolis. That’s one story that has been weighing on me for a long time and it was great to get it done. However, I couldn’t come close to MB Panichi’s output over six days of more than 30,000 words! It was amazing! I’m not sure what the output of the other participants was, but there sure was a lot of heads down and fingers flying.
As typical of Lori, two evenings were spent talking about specific writing challenges attendees brought up, and a few brainstorming sessions were had. She’s great at sussing out each person’s needs and addressing them.
All of our culinary needs were attended to by Lori’s partner Luca, let me tell you. That lady can cook up a storm! These were enchiladas from early in the week, and they were delicious.
The rest of the meals were awesome. Luca was careful to take each writer’s dietary needs into account and was that some undertaking. But she hit it out of the ballpark.
For the first time, Lori is going to be doing a retreat in April and then another again in the fall. If you have even the slightest interest, start saving those pennies. It’ll totally be worth it! If you’re interested in finding out more deets, email Lori at Lori AT lorillake DOT com!