Alex J. Cavanaugh, and the other writers, in our Insecure Writer's Support Group. Which is celebrating it's one year anniversary! Congratulations to Alex for helping us acknowledge, and move past, our writing insecurities.
This Friday I'm headed to the SCBWI Working Writer's Retreat where I'll get to spend three days at the Holy Spirit Retreat Center in the lovely hills of Encino California perfecting my craft. This event provides writers the opportunity to read their
first pages to agents, editors and the successful writing team of, Judith Ross-Enderle and Stephanie Jacob-Gordon, the original brains behind this event. In between reading sessions, you have the freedom to return
to your room, also included in the cost of this event, and make chances
before you read it in the next session. Needless to say, if you do the work, hence the
name working writer, at the end of the weekend you have some pretty tight pages.
This is my fourth time going, so I know exactly what to expect. The location is amazing, very peaceful and relaxing. Food is included, so I don't even have to leave the site. Yet, for some reason this year, I'm stressing out. I have this overwhelming fear that my work won't cut the mustard. I think my problem lies in the fact that last year, I had such an amazing time, with such positive feedback, that this year, I fear I'll fall flat on my face. Can it be that even though I have worked on my pages, had my critique group work on them, then reworked them again, I am still missing something?
I'm sure my fears are unfounded. I'm sure this event will be as fantastic as always. I'm sure I will come home recharged and ready to write the next Newberry Winner. I'm sure of these things... aren't I?