ANNUAL WRITERS' RETREAT

In 2020, I ran my first writers' retreat within view of Heceta Head Lighthouse on the Oregon coast. it was a great event over one weekend and I learned as much as anyone else in the process.

In 2021, I conducted my second retreat on Puget Sound within view of the Seattle Space Needle. We had catered meals while discussing the power of story and metaphor. We even had a few return attendees.

In 2022, I set up a retreat at Sylvia Beach Hotel, an author-themed spot in Newport, Oregon. We had a small but enthusiastic group of writers. It was fun and inspiring. Being with other creatives breathes life into my writing, and I hope we have interest in a fourth retreat next year.

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PAST EVENTS

"Your writers' Retreat was my 'starting' point of living more creatively!"

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MY APPROACH
TO WRITING

Here's the hard part: if you want to get published, you must be open to criticism. Listen, let it settle, then hold onto that which seems accurate.

Writing a book is much like building a house. Don't get discouraged. The foundation may look mediocre, even ugly, but as the work continues you'll see beauty take shape. Some people call it editing. It's the step which turns a cluttered house into a beautiful home.

I love fast-paced stories with memorable characters. I also value research and do my best to get things right. Once this foundation is laid, I feel free to explore life's complexities. I don't set out to shove messages down readers' throats. I write to wrestle with my own fears and doubts.

I do believe in Jesus as savior and friend. This doesn't mean I have it all figured out. In fact, faith gives me freedom to write in all directions. If Jesus is the answer, then there are no questions I'm afraid to face.