If you've ever considered attending a writing retreat, there are a few things you'll want to consider. One of the most important ones is making sure that what you think a writing retreat is matches what the people hosting the writing retreat think one is. There are probably as many ways to do a retreat as there are people doing them.
Classes, Critique Sessions, Keynote Speaker
I've seen where some retreats take a very different focus, almost a conference approach. That's not a bad thing. However, if you sign up to attend and find there are a bunch of classes that interrupt you while you're writing, you might be a little miffed. So know what to expect.
Cranking out the Words
I've also attended a couple of writing retreats where the main focus was on writing. There might have been a few mini classes to help inspire everyone, but the goal was to crank out the words. They would have writing sprints and award prizes to the person who wrote the most new words.
I've attended three writing retreats so far, and I love them. The iWriteNetwork will be having its second retreat next month (September 11-14).
Our classes are optional, so if you're in a "crank out the words" frame of mind, don't worry. The house has lots of community areas, so you can be where it's quiet and keep working.
The class list:
We'll even watch a movie and identify the "beats". Great way to see Blake Snyder's techniques from Save the Cat in action.
Way cool digs too.
Ever been to a retreat? What was your favorite part?