Love that. You see, it’s true. I’m totally tipsy from my weekend at Whispering Pines. My head is buzzing with ideas for revising my works-in-progress (Notice the plural? Yes, three stories, three voices, three revisions, and I can’t wait.), and for a change I think I know just what I need to do.
Hold on, let me tell you more about this wonderful writing retreat. No, I’m not sure that I want to. If I get too many people jazzed up about this puppy I’m not going to be able to get in next year. I’ll have to drive my application to the source myself. I’ll just give you a few tid-bits.
Run by the fantastic Lynda Mullaly-Hunt, the Whispering Pines Retreat is a weekend where writers converge together to talk craft, network, and submerge themselves into the word in way that can never happen in the confines of home where dust bunnies and dogs and kids run wild, ruining creative flow.
The only time restraint that you might have at Whispering Pines is making sure that you make it to you one-on-one session with your mentor. My mentor whipped me into shape in two seconds flat. Thank you mentor.
Did I mention the mentors? The fantastic, awe-inspring giants of the children’s publishing industry? I took some pictures that represent them, but I’m not telling what they talked about. Things that happen at Whispering Pines, stay at Whispering Pines!
Yes, the Cynthia Lord stood at this table. Writer of Rules. Winner of Newberry. Fellow Mainer. I can’t tell you how much this woman inspires me. There is something etherial about her. It might be her positive slant on the world, or her calm deliberate views on writing. If you have not read a novel by Cynthia Lord, do it now.
PS- Look for her on the road. You’ll find her by a cool bobble-lobster that lives in her rear window. Cindy if you are reading this our car conversation went like this. “Oh look, a lobster bobble… It’s Cindy!” You are too cool.
Another mentor was Mary Lee Donovan from Candlewick Press. Love her. She let me touch her water bottle from the set of Judy Moody, the film. Thank you Mary Lee for being totally present and accessible all weekend. It was lovely meeting you.
Gulp, Cheryl Klein was there! Scholastic editor extraordinaire: blogger, editor, author and squid lover! And let’s not forget… she got something to do with Potter, Harry Potter that is. Cheryl, thank you for the time and inspiration.
PS- Cheryl, I’m looking closely at your work now. It looks good to me.
Lastly, Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Agency…. what amazing final last words. Thank you!