Posted in Craft of writing, journal writing, Travel Writing, Writing Retreats

Hemingway & Chardonnay

Hemingway & Chardonnay Travel Writing Retreat
at Mo-Ranch conference center, in Hunt, TX, on October 25-27, 2019

During this luxurious weekend retreat, we will write about adventures that are close to our hearts (Hemingway) and sip wine (chardonnay or your favorite beverage) while writing. Bring your computer or pen and paper, and a work in progress, if you want!

This meditative writing retreat:

  1. allows the experience of travel to be your teacher
  2. gives you leisurely time and a lovely setting to write all the while digging deeper into your artistic repertoire
  3. offers you inspiration, instruction and guidance to reflect on adventures (past, present or future)
  4. unlocks a community of contemplative friends with whom to safely share (you can decide whether or not you are comfortable sharing your writing)

You will write as a contemplative traveler, pilgrim and sojourner. You will incorporate all five (or six) senses into your writing scenes and find structure for your stories. You will learn how to revise your work to make it sing, cry, or laugh out loud.

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For information and to register go to: Hemingway & Chardonnay, Mo-Ranch, Hunt, TX, October 25-27, 2019

Posted in journal writing, Travel, Travel Writing, Writing Workshops

Vacation Travel Journal Writing Workshop

Wrede Country School in Gillespie County, open 1896-1960

On April 27, 2019, the Wrede little one-room country schoolhouse, just outside of Fredericksburg, Texas, hosted ten students for inspiration and tutoring in the art of travel journal writing.  The organizers promoted the workshop as Vacation Journal Writing, which attracted people from their early teens to their mid-seventies. Continue reading “Vacation Travel Journal Writing Workshop”

Posted in Craft of writing, fiction, Travel Writing, Writing

Conduct Research for Scenes in Your Fiction

via How to Research a Location You Haven’t Actually Been To

This blog post above by fellow writer, Helena Fairfax, has been wonderfully helpful to me in writing my novel set in India and on a ship in the Pacific and Indian oceans.  As an example, I wrote a scene in the book of slaughtering a sea turtle for eating aboard ship after watching a YouTube by today’s Aboriginal Australians.

Read the scene below from my book in-progress, Salwar Kameez. I’ve added a few notes to the reader to be able to grasp who the characters are in the scene, because it is out of context for you.

SCENE from BOOK on Butchering a Sea Turtle  Continue reading “Conduct Research for Scenes in Your Fiction”