“You must find your own quiet center of life and write from that to the world. ” ~Sarah Orne Jewett, The County of the Pointed Firs
BY THE C’S: COMPANY, CONVERSATION AND CONTEMPLATION
There are many prescriptions for what it takes to be a writer- Virginia Woolf’s room of one’s own, Stephen King’s necessary closed door, as well as the suggestion to find “a quiet room, and a humble pen.” Seeking solitude always seems the best advice.
And yet, as working writers discover, there is also a need for the company of one’s peers as well as an opportunity to talk about the work we do, and the world in which we work. And this is often difficult to come by. As is time to process those thoughts, time to work unimpeded by the clock ticking on the school bus schedule, the neighborhood meeting to attend, the dog needing a walk.
This Moss Wood retreat aims to remedy the situation. For five days, in the company of only a handful of your fellow professionals, we will retreat from the busyness of everyday life. Each morning we will engage in a conversation about craft led by one of the writers present. Fortified by cups of tea and coffee, we will then tackle a discussion of our Works in Progress or Works That Will Not Progress, damn their eyes.
After lunch each day, there is time for writing, rewriting, kayaking, or ruminating on the morning’s input. You might tackle a hike to the top of Blueberry Hill to take in McCloskey’s famed vista from Time of Wonder. Perhaps you might opt for an animated discussion about voice while rowing to Spectacle Island. Or simply sit by yourself in an Adirondack chair overlooking Penobscot Bay. The evening will include dinner by sunset, readings from our work, or work we admire, perhaps a literary game. Or a solo contemplation of the moon. It’s your call. You just need to come. Truly, you do.