For the past few years, I’ve spent the last week in October attending the Low Country RWA Masterclass Beach Retreat in South Carolina. The first time I attended, I attended workshops by Jenny Crusie, Susan Meir, and Nina Bruhns, all fabulous authors and writing instructors. This year, I’ll be teaching some craft classes along with the wonderful Caridad Pineiro, but I’ll also be getting tips from Indie phenoms Tina Folsom, Stephanie Bond, and CJ Lyons. Participants can attend workshops during the day, then everyone breaks into small groups at night for critiquing. What I love most about the retreat, however, is the fact it’s small and low-key, there’s plenty of time to visit and eat great food, and the beach is literally just a few steps away. I’m looking forward to “filling my well” with lots of great information, but lots of down time and relaxation, as well.
That said, I always dread leaving my family for an entire week. I usually feel the same before every conference I attend. Usually, when all is said and done, the time away from home is worth it. That hasn’t always been true for every conference I’ve attended, but with this beach retreat? I consider it almost a sure thing.
How about you? Is there one place or activity that you can always count on to lift you up?