It’s finally the end of Writer’s Retreat. Possibly the fastest, but also one of the most memorable, courses that I’ve ever had a chance to participate in; a two-weeks-too-fast educational experience like no other.
My main objective by taking this course was simply establishing a proper groundwork for my thesis project. Although I had low expectations going in, Writer’s Retreat turned out to be an interesting little course that offered a lot of insight regarding the writing process. Even more so on the nature of it rather than the technicalities, such as discovering inspiration, establishing a disciplinary time management, and self-reflection on the process itself. It’s funny to consider that a course that only lasted about two weeks managed to offer so much stuff. I cannot stress enough how much of an impact the experience of relocating did in terms of inspiration for writing. I had always heard about that particular strategy but never really believed in it until experiencing it first-hand in this class. Especially after trying it on my own outside of the class —carrying piece of paper and a pen to do little bit of writing wherever I went— I can easily claim that my conduct of writing, and how I approach it, is indefinitely changed.
A couple of the highlights in terms of activities from Writer’s Retreat include the morning prompts and, of course, the Writer’s Chair. As I’ve already stated in my previous blog posts, there is nothing better than witnessing a live reaction from an audience to confirm your intentions, or even uncertainties. I have no doubt that every writer imagines an audience when writing, but being able to read part of your story out loud and receive an immediate reaction is an extremely rare occasion. I feel fortunate to be given that opportunity in Writer’s Retreat. As a common saying in pop culture goes, that was “worth the price of admission alone”. As for the prompts, they really served as “wake-up calls” every morning before the priority writing process began. I never would’ve considered utilizing writing to wake myself up, but now I see that it could complement a cup of coffee quite well. Another strategy to keep from Writer’s Retreat.
I might’ve mentioned that I tend to write in a haphazard manner when it comes to fictional stories, which is basically write whatever concept/idea/scene comes to mind even though that particular part or section of the story might not necessarily follow the previous one in a coherent manner. My hope was discovering an environment in which I could bring all of these pieces together. I’m happy to say that I managed to accomplish that goal during my time in this course. Overall, Writer’s Retreat benefited me more than my initial expectations. Thus, I’m much more confident for the success of my thesis project. I hope everyone else had the same, or a similar, experience of fulfillment.