Time for a DIY Writing Retreat...

It's 5 a.m.

I'm getting up, showering, putting on my most comfy pair of yoga pants, a long-sleeve t-shirt, big cozy sweater, flipflops and packing my favorite wool socks. Why?  Because it's one of my favorite days, a Do-It-Yourself Writing Retreat day at my friend Annette's house.

I'm meeting with Annette and Ronda at 9 am today and we will write together until 5, each of us with our laptops and a table full of snacks.

We have certain exercises we return to--our favorite being someone reading off a list of random words every 30-90 seconds while we write and the others having to use those words in whatever they are writing about.

Here's a link to the full post I wrote on our DIY Writer's Retreat from last year.

Here's us at the beach after a long morning of writing.

And a few more photos from the day.

The best part is that I know tonight when I return, I'll have the starts to at least 10 or more poems.  These shorts will not all go on to become poems, but many will.  And honestly, there is no way to every waste a day writing or in being with good friends.

Now, off to grab my books and writing exercises, then off to write...


  1. I SO want to do this. Maybe by the end of the summer...

  2. maybe you should sell tickets? I would love to join the three of you next year!

  3. I just emailed some writing buddies a link to this -- what a great idea! And I could totally use the kick in the pants... Thanks, Kelli!

  4. thanks for the inspiration. i'm going to host one of these in the fall!


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