The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Writing Workshop

       This Sunday, my writing critique group will be having their first workshop/conference/w(h)inefest.

      The site was chosen with productivity in mind. Each one of us will have our own writing shack to work in. (The fifth one is out of the camera's view.)

photo by topher241

The schedule is grueling:

9:00-10:00 Write a little and nibble on the nibble tray.

10:00-11:00 The Beth Contest:  Four of us compete, to see which of our stories makes Beth snort laugh the loudest.

11:00-12:00 Revising Work:  Taking the suggestions from our latest critique meeting, we wi (ooh, there's fudge)

12:00-1:00  An hour of fasting feasting

1:00-2:00 Tug of War with Tammy's Butt--Linda, Beth, Lynn and I will take turns trying to get an inspired essay (for ourselves) out of Tammy's skillful sphincter.

2:00-3:00 Discussion of the minutes from past critique meetings. Issues that will be brought to the table include:

* Recent trips one of our members took to Australia and South America
* The new French beau one of our members has lured into her web
* The irony that--in our experience--first husbands are bums/jerks/dolts/
   certifiably crazy.
* The unending quest to find something that is not made better with the  
   addition of bacon/mayonnaise/cream cheese/chocolate

If you've gone to a writing retreat or workshop, what was the most valuable or enjoyable activity you engaged in? (It's not too late to help us plan our workshop tomorrow. After all, we're five flexbile females...)


  1. Oh, come on! We all know there is no fifth shack. It will be constructed by Linda from 8:59-9:00, out of odds and ends found under her car seat, held together with saliva and perspiration. An architectural firm will purchase her design, and Linda will retire to write full time, thus ensuring that she is the Queen of All Print Media.

    I hope that Tammy has insured her masterpiece-spouting orifice with Lloyd's of London. Maybe the rest of you can add bacon/mayonnaise/cream cheese/chocolate to yours, to see how that affects your tales.

    I think each member should describe her own shack.

    1. Add bacon and mayo to our tails, to see how affects our tales? We'll have to try that. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  3. Never mind all that. I have been to the store and they are STILL out of vanilla chai tea. I had to make do with Bolthouse Farms mocha cappucino. We shall see how it affects my writing!

    1. The mocha cappucino will do in a pinch, but it's pales by comparison (even though it's much darker in color).

      Sorry. I guess I overdid it with that purchase.

      Perhaps it will make your writing more frenzied, because of the caffeine?

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    1. Tammy is very possessive of her sphincter, darn her.

  5. Well, you certainly made ME snort! Yep, that's pretty much how the conference went, too. Though you had lots and lots of butt to grab thanks to all of the bacon/mayonnaise/cream cheese/chocolate. As for that Frenchman, all I can say is ou la la!

    1. Yes, Tammy--All that writing we did wore me out. I'm still recuperating.

      What were they serving in YOUR shack? All I got was crusty bread and water...


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