Two weeks from today, I’m going to be sleeping in a bed that looks something like this:
Founders Workshops take place at the home of the founders of Highlights for Children magazine in cabins among the wooded hills near Honesdale, Pennsylvania. When I applied to take part in a workshop on young-adult novel-writing, I figured my chances of making it in would be slim. The workshops tend to be small and intensive, and participants must prove they’re serious about their craft to gain entry. In June, I received word I’d been accepted and I’ve been looking forward to it ever since.
A bonus is that my dear friend Mary from Minnesota will be joining me. We’ll hook up at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport and travel together from there. I think I’m looking forward to that as much as the workshop itself. It’s always more fun to embark on an adventure with a friend in the seat next to you.
Mary and I both sent off our 15 required pages this week. Later, I received an email from her announcing the sendoff entitled, “Into the Clouds.” Our pages, pieces of our works in progress, have been released into the sky. We don’t know what will become of them. Will they be well-received or not? Will we be encouraged or prompted to move in another direction entirely?
We’re open to whatever we’re to experience from this workshop, and energized by the thought of discussing our work, as well as our hopes and dreams associated with it, with other writers. We know from past experiences that a writer rarely comes away uninspired from such an experience, and we’re profoundly grateful for the chance.
If nothing else, it’s important to change up the scenery every once in a while; to get out of Dodge and glimpse another part of the world for a bit; to find new life for an endeavor through the energetic spirits of fellow travelers.
There are so many things to accomplish on the home front before we depart. There are dinners to be made, events to attend, homework pages to be checked. I have yet to launder the necessary clothes, pack and pull together the itinerary and plane ticket. But in my mind, this adventure is already a success, because I know that I will come back with a renewed perspective, and a friend a state away with whom I can relive it whenever the scenery becomes more static again.
Q4U: What’s the next adventure on your list, writing-related or otherwise? How are you preparing for it? What do you hope to attain from it?