Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Big Sur in the Rockies: A report
The Big Sur in the Rockies writing retreat provided me with a wonderful time away from the day-to-day concerns and focus on writing. The workshop is small, with only about 50+ attendees and ten faculty members.
Here are Lyron Bennett and Lynda Sandoval, two people filled with wit, intelligence, knowledge about the publishing industry, and boundless energy. I was trying to figure out how to bottle it all weekend long.
And here I am with Laura Backes, writing teacher extraordinaire. Her superpower is way better than that of any fake super hero: she can get to the heart of any manuscript and make magic-wand type suggestions that any writer would want to immediately follow.
From l to r: Laura Backes, Linda Arms White, Marilyn Marks, Andrea Brown.
From l to r: Claudia Mills, Phyllis Perry, Hilari Bell.
The only faculty member whose picture I didn't manage to take is Paul Hindman.
I didn't get to know every one of the faculty but from listening to other attendees talk about how one or the other faculty member helped them, I can attest to the fact that every faculty has a heart for helping writers of children's literature. And God bless them for their generosity.