Our tutors all generously provided different views of the novel writing process: Jess Richards - author of Snake Ropes and Cooking with Bones; Rachel Seiffert - author of, The Walk Home, The Dark Room, Afterwards and Field Story; and guest speaker Peter Salmon - author of The Coffee Story.
We had workshops in the mornings, tuturials in the afternoons, shared a cooking rota (with recipies, ingredients and hand holding from Mark), heard all the tutors read from the work, as well as all my fellow students. There was space to walk. An urn of hot water in the kitchen, plenty food, coffee and wine.
Rememberance - I have also remembered things that work for me - walking, morning pages, space, quiet, time to mull and scribble and look.
Here are just a few of the photos I took during my time at Moniack - click on the individual images to see in more detail and read captions:
WRITING STATUS: Why is my blog post about my writing retreat full of photos, you might ask - and I would say - this is where I have been and where strands of stories began to develop for me, and those are far too new to share as yet.
Counting down - 13 days, until The Flashdogs Anthology is published (and with it 4 of my short stories) - more on this soon.
PAINTING STATUS: Inspired.
READING STATUS: I would thorougly recommend books from our fabulous tutors: Snake Ropes, Cooking with Bones, The Walk Home, The Dark Room, The Coffee Story..............
WILDCARD STATUS: One week of not accessing the internet (self imposed) has had me taking ill with logging in again. I am told Mercury is in retrograde and will be for 2 more weeks and this is jamming the airwaves, but also suspect time and freedom of this tyrannical beast is good for me.
F. E. Clark, 8th June, 2015.