Reader Retreats

If writers can have retreats, then readers should have them, too. It can be as simple as spending a day at the coffee shop reading your favorite author or curling up in a chair at home – alone. The following are a few other choices available:

Sedona Soul Retreats

Readers Retreat

These are just a couple of urls to get you started. As the weather warms up, you may want to spend to the day reading at a favorite park. No matter how you take your reader retreat, enjoy yourself.

Writers Retreats List

On Tuesday, I suggested that writers take retreat days to focus on their manuscript away from home without spending a lot of money. The following list gives you some professional retreats available:

“A Dream of Our Own: Women Writing New, Women Writing True” – 2011 Writers’ Retreat

August 8—14, 2011
Ghost Ranch, NM

The Guide to Writers’ Conferences & Workshops

Professional Writing Retreat

July 21 – 24, 2011

Cedarbrook Lodge
Seattle, Washington




Upcoming Writer Workshops

The following is a partial schedule of upcoming writers’ workshops or conferences I have on my schedule so far. If you’re book club or writers group would be interested in booking me, then leave a comment with your email address or url where I can get back to you.

Scheduled presentations and workshops:

Developing Plot & Character Arcs

Basic Editing of Your Own Manuscript – Friona Public Library – April 16, 2011

10:00 – 3:00

All day session: Arcs workshop in the morning

Editing in the afternoon

For Friona area writers group

Friona, TX

Frontiers in Writing Conference – Amarillo, TX – June 24 – 25, 2011

Finding Balance: Time Management for Prolific Writers workshop

Also, Preliminary Judge for Memoir contest

Basic Novel Writing Class – Amarillo, TX – November 2011

Sponsored by the Amarillo Public Library and YMCA

5 week class covering basic novel writing skills

Participants encouraged to participate simultaneously in National Novel Writing Month

If you have upcoming book releases or presentations, then let me know and I’d be glad to post an interview with you and help promote your efforts.

March 1st, 2011

It’s been quite a winter for most of us. Ours has been very dry in the Panhandle of Texas. Winds between 50 mph and 70mph fanned fires in the area on Sunday that burned an estimated 30,000 acres and 53 homes were lost. We are praying for rain but the high plains is a tinder box. High wind warnings again today again. Hopefully, no fires. For me, we live in Amarillo, but have many friends in the surrounding area at risk, I pray for their safety and that of others.

The old saying is if March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb. I’m definitely looking forward to some weather that could be considered a lamb.

If you’ve spent a lot of time inside because of weather over the winter months, then let me know what you’ve been reading or writing. We’d love to hear from you. It helps keep our list of books to read growing.