And all-consuming before, during and for a little while after. There was no time for blogging … and this post is just a note, really, to offer you a glimpse into the delights and rewards of that week-long intensive retreat.
When my long-time colleague Shelley Kenigsberg first told me about the Editing in Paradise concept I was captivated. And as she and Selena Hanet-Hutchins moved from success to success with the EIP retreats, my enthusiasm grew.
But participating as a co-presenter, as I did a couple of weeks ago, took it all to another level: now I know the program is extraordinary. Focused, coherent, profound and catalytic. Seeing the transformation in writers and their writing within a matter of days was utterly inspiring.
I take my hat off to all those writers who have had the courage and dedication to front up to the challenge and do the work, and encourage anyone with a completed draft manuscript to give future EIP retreats serious consideration.
Oh. And did I mention? We also had so much fun! Living in for a week with a group of writers … what a treat! Richly diverse conversation, lots of laughter and even a few happy tears. Can’t wait to do it again.