As you’re reading this, I’m driving to Mystic, CT – one of my favorite places on earth – to lead the inaugural Darkness into Light writing retreat.
I can hardly believe this is my life.
I’m hosting the weekend at Enders Island, where there’s a small retreat center right on the Long Island Sound.
When I was getting my MFA at Fairfield University, our only in-person classes happened during 10-day residencies that were held at Enders.
Enders is where I rewrote Catchlight – twice.
Enders is where I accepted the Fairfield Book Prize, which included a book deal for Catchlight.
During this award ceremony, Phil Klay, winner of the 2104 National Book Award, said of Catchlight:
“There is joy in the sorrow and sorrow in the joy. Not that many writers can manage that complexity of tone. … Catchlight is a book that asks whether we can make art out of pain – and it’s a book that shows us how.”
Literally one of the best moments of my entire life.
I’ve watched the sunrise and the sunset over these waters many, many times.
And I am just beyond thrilled to bring together a group of amazing women writers for an immersive writing experience.
If you want live missives from the island, friend me on Facebook. I’ll be sharing Lives and photos all weekend.
And I hope you’ll join me at Enders the next time around. I’m about to announce the next set of dates … hit reply if you want to be the first to hear.
P.S. If you like to read, come join my brand-new virtual book club. The Book Lovers Book Club is all books, no wine, for book nerds like you and me. Totally free, because I love books and I love you. Join the club here.
February 28, 2020