Last Wednesday, the South and West Wales Chapter held its very first Writing Retreat Day. It was expertly organised by our very own, Catherine Burrows. Catherine had experienced such days when she lived in Kent and was full of enthusiasm for how successful they were. Our venue for the day was the Events Room at John Lewis Department store in the heart of Cardiff. The venue was ideally situated with excellent car parking facilities, near bus stops and just a four minute walk away from the station. There was no charge for the room and we cannot praise John Lewis highly enough for the generous way they accommodated us.
This was the agenda for the day:
10.30 am - Coffee
11 am - 1 pm Morning writing session
1 pm - 2 pm Lunch
2 pm - 4 pm Afternoon writing session
4 pm - 4.30 pm Debrief session and end of retreat
There were ten of us attending and the room was big enough for us to spread out, with a table each, and concentrate on writing in silence (or with head-phones for music). Power points and multi-plugs were available for those needing to top up the charge on their laptops but others had brought notebooks and wrote in long-hand. We caught up over lunch and we had a chance to discuss our work and our current WiPs as well as plans for the afternoon ahead. A number of us were taking part in NaNoWriMo and it was a wonderful opportunity for members to raise the word count or push on with edits.
|Our organiser for the day busy at her lap-top.|
As a group, we wrote 23,337 words and edited 7000 words. The general feeling was to repeat the day again soon. A huge thank you to Catherine! It was a very productive writing day with excellent company, delicious food and writing chat.
Another special thank you must also go to Stacey Taylor, one of our Chapter members, who was our John Lewis contact. Thank you, Stacey! You were a star and looked after us brilliantly.
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