I had the fine good fortune of joining a small group of über-talented writers on the first Blueberry Fields retreat in Yarmouth, Maine. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect of it, but I was more than willing to find out.
First impressions are everything:
The setting was beautiful, ethereal, and perfectly conducive to getting your writer’s groove on. The sessions were casual.
The results, unforced.
Between poolside art experimentation and word games, we had a first pages reading…
off-the-wharf lobster dinner…
and time to settle in for readings from our works in progress.
The comfort level, along with the high level of writing quality made for a seriously inspiring evening!
Not pictured: TONS of laughter and beautiful food, long and meaningful critiques, frogs, turkeys, yelping foxes and other things that shall remain unpictured!
We had the opportunity to pick organic blueberries from the hundreds of bushes on the property.
It was amazing to be able to focus on writing for a while, then hit the fields for berries.
Couldn’t have ‘picked’ a better weekend, or better folks to hang with!
Many thanks to Meg, Julie, and Cameron for all of your hard work putting this weekend together. “Magical” isn’t too strong a word to use for it!