Last week I spent a long weekend at a lake house in rural Illinois with ten of the closest friends I’ll ever have. They’re the Dystropians, fellow classmates and writers who graduated from VCFA with me. We live on all sides of the country, from California to New York to Florida, and once a year we get together to talk craft, laugh, and write.
Many of us don’t have writing communities back home, and this weekend is one of the few times we get to geek out, be ourselves, and embrace all things writing. This is my writing tribe. I can’t describe how important it is to have a writing tribe. It’s the one group of people who are going through the same highs and lows with me and understand what it is to sacrifice to write, and to love it with your whole heart.
This year I brought my camera, and I put together the following photo essay of our weekend. Enjoy!
Note: Scroll over the images with your mouse and you will see the full color contrast versions of the images.
It was a magical weekend!
Learn all about writing from this brilliant group of Dystropians. Check out these amazing blog posts they’ve shared:
Want to hear about last year’s lake house retreat?
Have you been reading the Dystropian Blog Series on Ellar Cooper’s blog? If not, you should!
I participated in the series back in January with my thoughts on breaking the rules of character development, but my fellow VCFA dystropian classmates (who are fast selling books, getting agents, and taking the writing world by storm) have posted a ton of amazing articles for you to devour. The posts include life lessons on writing, hard truths, and of course a picture of a cute dog!
How could you resist?
Check out the awesomeness:
Journal Writing and Craft by Melanie Fishbane
Writing Truth and Authenticity Amidst the Noise by Jessica Denhart
Writing Lessons Learned from My In-laws by Jeff Schill
What Travel Writing Taught Me About Fiction by Steve Bramucci
A Cute Picture of My Dog … And Words About my Writing Life by Rachel Lieberman
The Top 10 Uses for an Action Scene by Sheryl Scarborough
Breaking the Rules of Character Development by Ingrid Sundberg
I want to thank all my fellow Dystropians for submitting their awesome blog posts this month! Each post shared great insight, sparked fun conversations, and contributed to the general awesomeness of the kidlit writing community!
To all my readers, please spend some time with this group’s brilliant blogs, witty twitter sites, and buy their books when they come out!
Thank you to:
Here’s all the Dystropians at our graduate semester VCFA residency!