Writing camp was a chance to retreat, reboot, recharge. I really enjoyed the freedom to write and read during the day and then gather together with awesome people in the evenings and chat. A beautiful location, friendly staff and editors, and none of the snootiness or structured conference-workshoppiness you might find at other places. If you’re looking for a very low-key long weekend to focus on your writing but also have a laugh, this is it.

We're going to try to keep this pretty laid back, so most of the time will be free writing time. On Friday and Saturday, you'll have the option to meet with an editor, and we'll make sure the timing of that meeting is worked out in advance of Camp. We'll also have a totally optional group activity each afternoon -- hiking or kayaking or something else outdoorsy, as long as the weather allows.

Let's talk about food, shall we? Breakfast will be a more or less open affair, with food provided by Godspeed Hostel but in a way that allows you to wake up whenever you want. Lunch and dinner will be served at, well, regular meal times and taken as a group. Other than that, there will be plenty of time for writing and editing and hanging out, which is pretty much the whole point of this activity. 

The daily schedule will go like this: 

  • Day 1: arrival and settling in, free writing time, welcome dinner, and campfire hangout
  • Days 2+: see typical day schedule, listed below
  • Last day: hugs and BFFs and departures

A typical day might go like this: 

  • Wake up
  • Breakfast
  • Write
  • Lunch
  • Meet with editor (specific times will be arranged in advance)
  • Write
  • Optional group activity: hike, kayak, swim, something 
  • Dinner
  • Campfire
  • Bed

As you can tell, this is going to be a low key kind of deal. As mentioned elsewhere, we're pretty new to this, so if you have ideas about how we might be able to make this better, we'll be in touch well in advance of Camp and will adjust the schedule to make time for any suggestions that seem like things people might be interested in. Everything will be optional, though. We know how writers roll and we will not make you participate in anything if you'd prefer to stay where you are and write, or stand off to the side and think snide remarks to yourself.