A Washington Voice Retreat

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Western Washington SCBWI Retreat: Voice

The retreat was great. There were about 40-45 people there and they were split into two groups. Group A came to me, while Group B went to Patti Gauch, then we swapped for the same presentation again. I sorta knew how Patti would approach voice (and I might have done many of the same things if she hadn’t been there), so I deliberately took a different tack and I think it enriched the experience for the participants. Then, I did a short intro to writing with scenes, more a reminder that this is an option than an indepth study.

The Alderbrook Resort was a great venue, right on the Hood Canal. From the restaurant, you could see a small stream feeding into the canal and we watched salmon swimming up the stream to spawn. Wow! Amazing to this land-locked Arkansan!

Thanks to Jolie Steckly and Sara Easterly for a fabulous job putting this together. (And to Sara’s new daughter, Violet Grace, for giving great cuddles.) And of course, thanks to Jamie Temairik, their assistant and fabulous illustrator.

And Thanks to all those who attended and inspired me with their energy, love of words and attention to detail!

3 Comments
  • Sara Easterly
    November 12, 2008

    Thank YOU for an incredible weekend, Darcy. I so appreciate all the tools that you gave to us – you’ve completely recharged me! (And Violet really enjoyed your cuddles.)

  • Jolie
    November 13, 2008

    It was great! YOU were great. The people were great. The place was great. Ahhh! I’m ready to go back. Thanks, Darcy!

  • Laurie Thompson
    November 13, 2008

    Being a nonfiction writer, I wasn’t sure how useful the retreat would be for me. Wow–I am so glad I went! I’ve been stuck for far too long, not knowing what to do next. I didn’t even realize it was because I was struggling with voice. Your sessions were EXACTLY what I needed, right when I needed them. THANK YOU!!!