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Better Late Than Never...

It's been almost three weeks since I attended the Poconos Writer's Retreat and I still haven't posted a blog or photos. Not without good reason though. I banished myself from any blogging until I finished my ICL course. I am happy to say that I sent out my final assignment yesterday. There is a chance It could come back from my instructor with a revision request and then technically I wouldn't be done. For now though... Im done! :-) 

So here it is, a brief recap of my first Poconos retreat... 

First of all I was so happy to be out of South Florida and in the mountains. The grounds were beautiful and reminded me of where we spend part of the summer in Vermont. 

One of my favorite things was meeting people I had only previously known online. After two years of being writing group members and ICL students together, I finally met my friend Roxanne. We got along great as roomies. It was fun meeting so many blueboarders too. We all drew blue borders around our nametags and had special stickers thanks to Gail K. 

I met Jeanne who had been at the New York conference where she met my friend and writing buddy Karen. Karen wanted Jeanne and I to be sure to meet in the Poconos. We did and even took a photo waving to Karen. 

I enjoyed doing critiques for and recieved very helpful critiques from my super critiqueathon group. The workshops I attended with editors from Simon & Schuster and Delacorte Press were interesting and informative, discussing character development, query letters and story seeds. 

The author talks were very entertaining and inspiring. Jordan Sonnenblick could be a stand up comic if the whole successful author thing happens to dry up. Not likely though with his talent. 

I came home with lots of books. I have such a weakness for signed works of fiction. Thank goodness I left some extra space in my suitcase. 

Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I hope to be able to attend the 2009 retreat. A big thank you to the SCBWI Eastern PA chapter for putting on such a fabulous conference. 

Here are a few photos to bore you with... 

Poconos mindyalyse 
 Leslie (new PB author extraordinaire) and me in front of the Sterling Inn.

poconos Beautiful grounds. 

Poughkeepsie My friend Roxanne (to my right) with her in person Poughkeepsie writing group. 

Jeanne Me and Jeanne waving to Karen. 

M and M Me and Mindy with  Mary Ann  that_ghost_girl   who's stories of growing up with a ghost in her home mesmerized me! 

Roxanne Roxanne and I on our hike. 

Bad photo Oops the camera went off by accident but I got a shot of J. S's nametag. :-) 

Jordan Sonnenblick Much better photo of Jordan Sonnenblick. 

T A Barron Roxanne and I with T.A. Barron. 

cake for Lori The cake for SCBWI Eastern PA chapter's fearless leader, Laurie. It was gorgeous and delicious. 

Thanks to Lois at the front desk for picking up a disposable camera for me when I realized I forgot to pack my digital. :-)


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Apr. 30th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Looks awesome.
It always surprises me that pubbed authors look like regular people. I expect them to have an aura that makes them different.

May. 1st, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Hey Janet,
I always expect the same thing. Kind of like a rock star image but with pens, papers and PC's. :-)
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Great pictures! Looks like everyone had fun. I want to dive in to that book-cake!
May. 1st, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
It was so much fun. The book cake was yummy, worth diving into!
May. 1st, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
{{Squeal!!}} Hey momalisa! So glad you found me on LJ. I've thought of you a lot since our retreat. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I hope next year's venue will offer even more and you must come back!

BTW...you paid me a few extremely nice compliments and I just wanted you to know that I still carry them around with me, which is a big help with all of our crazy upheavals these days. Drop me an email and I'll tell ya more!
May. 1st, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
I really hope I can make it back. It was a wonderful experience. I'm so happy to hear I said something that left an impression on you and has lifted your spirits. I was very impressed with you! Especially with your gifted seamstress skills. I'll be sure to keep in touch. :-)
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