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The Spring Retreat Wrap-up.

As many times as Write by the Water hosts a retreat, they are never the same. See, that’s magic.     The people who attend are the people who form the retreat. Sometimes, the retreat becomes more formal, with classes and editing advice and Skype talks. Sometimes, it’s just a bunch of established writers hunkering down to finish the […]

Monkey See Does NOT Mean Monkey Do

  Recently, I attended the annual cotillion dinner for eighth graders. Every year I have a standing gig teaching a three-hour tutorial dinner on how not to eat like a monkey. Here in southern USA, cotillion in a social rite of passage.  It’s an opportunity for young ladies and gentlemen in middle school to learn […]

Magical Words to Make Your Writing Better

“… that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.” Samuel Coleridge. Everyone has their strengths. For my kid #4 it’s her ability to remember obscure details. I pay her five dollars an hour to listen to me read my stories. She somehow lays her six-foot body on the floor of my […]

March retreat, Day 2

You know that thing where writers are in sync? Where women are in sync- and I am not talking about “that time of the month”, kind of syncing- just the place where you can find a common pace and go with it- no judgments, no qualifiers, no pretensions. I love that. A friend asked me […]