Thursday, September 13, 2012

Writer's Retreat

I spent this past weekend on a writer's retreat in Arrow Rock, Missouri, that was offered through The Writers Place. The topic was ekphrastic writing.

Ekphrastic writing is defined as writing inspired by visual art. We pushed the envelope a little bit by using a play as our inspiration. We saw a wonderful production of "To Kill A Mockingbird" at the Lyceum Theatre. Congratulations to the cast and crew for a job well done.

Before the show, we discussed ekphrastic writing and our experiences with it. Afterwards, we were filled with ideas. Some shared work that evening or the next day. Others will wait until we gather again.

We had other inspiration during the weekend. We walked to the river and were immersed in history and nature. We ate at a tavern that is more than 170 years old.  Of course, we were inspired by each others works, talents and support.

Thanks to Sharon Eiker for putting this great weekend together. This is the second retreat that Sharon has hosted. I thought I would show you a couple of comparisons from last year and this year via photographs.
Log by the Missouri River 2011

Log by the river 2012

Face in the rock 2011

Face in the rock 2012

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  1. Wow Michelle, what a wonderful experience! I've never been on a writer's retreat and is something I'll have to try. I'm looking forward to reading the work you will produce as a result. PS. Love that face in the rock.

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Veronica. We had a wonderful group of writers who were both inspiring and fun. I hope you get the chance to go on a retreat soon. The face is one of my favorites!