At the beginning of 2015, I set myself a resolution that, quite frankly, scared the pants off me: to organise my very own writing retreat

                                                       Nnnnnnnnnaaaaiiiiidonnnwannnnaaaaaa!!!!

                                                       Nnnnnnnnnaaaaiiiiidonnnwannnnaaaaaa!!!!

Mostly I was concerned that if anyone came, they'd discover my true nature...

Thanks to Jenna for explaining the very core of my soul to the world so well

Thanks to Jenna for explaining the very core of my soul to the world so well

And people wanted to come! *dances* Yippeeee! People just as weird as me. Aaaahhh. Myself, Kat Ellis, Tatum Flynn, Victoria Schwab, David Purse and Isabel Sterling went to a little-known Welsh village near a MAGICAL CASTLE and a MAGICAL BEACH and the weather turned MAGICALLY BEAUTIFUL and the stars aligned! 

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Despite all the fun we had, I actually got a LOT done. Work included: Getting the base structure of my new novel sorted, writing brand new shiny words in the thousands, editing a completed manuscript (super secret and exciting!), getting my synopsis all shiny (yes, you have to keep writing those!), and reading to my heart's content! 

Group shot! Wales Retreat, 2015             [L-R: Victoria Schwab, Dawn Kurtagich, Kat Ellis, Isabel Sterling, David Purse, Tatum Flynn]

Group shot! Wales Retreat, 2015

            [L-R: Victoria Schwab, Dawn Kurtagich, Kat Ellis, Isabel Sterling, David Purse, Tatum Flynn]

It was brilliant, and I am so thankful to have shared this week with five amazing people. They are all brilliant writers, yes, but they are also genuinely lovely, caring, inspiring people. LOVE them all. Here is a video I compiled of the trip:

I hope to make this an annual treat! 

 

Dawn, out

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