dios4vida wrote:1. We could all bring a photo of our bookshelf (or favorite, if there are multiple) and play a game of "guess whose bookshelf this is!"
1. We could all bring a photo of our bookshelf (or favorite, if there are multiple) and play a game of "guess whose bookshelf this is!"
sommerleigh wrote:I had an idea for a writing exercise that was inspired by the story of how Mary Shelley conceived of her idea for Frankenstein. So the tale goes that she and a party of others including Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, rented a villa on Lake Geneva for the summer and spent much of it writing. During a night conversation about Darwin's creepier side, Byron challenged them all to write a short supernatural story and they would share their tales on a subsequent night. Mary had a dream and viola, Frankenstein is brought to life.
The details of this event are much speculated over about what exactly transpired, but the tale of it, the essence of it, has always been a bit of a romantic fairy tale for writers. A writer's retreat, stories told, a out of it one of the greatest supernatural/mad science tales ever written.
It might be fun to recreate the essence of this, to challenge the group to write a very short supernatural tale or ghost story or whatever during the course of the trip and then on one of the last couple of nights we find some place to kick back and share our tales. See what inspiration might be sparked along the way.
Cookie wrote:What about a panel on mythology? I know there are some that I would like to learn more about.
Margo wrote:I could talk about the different ways to use mythology in fiction, but it would be slanted toward my highly opinionated views on respecting source cultures.
MattLarkin wrote:Ooo, wish I could make it. This sounds great, but highly unlikely I could go cross country for it.
Margo wrote:(Is it too late to argue for less workshop and more booze-fueled impromptu writing conversations? )
Sommer Leigh wrote:I think I threw the idea out in an email - sort of a meet-n-greet for our genres. A short presentation on what our genre/subgenre is, why it's important, why it captures everyone's hearts, where our work falls in the genre, the best the genre has to offer, etc.
dios4vida wrote:Sommer, one of your great ideas was missed!
A sort of support group session discussing our biggest fears, insecurities, concerns, and worries about writing and the publishing industry.
(I think that would be awesomeness embodied! Talking with spouses and non-writer friends about stuff like this tends to get strange looks. To get nods and "oh yeah, I've been there" would be so amazingly cool I think I'd die.)
Sommer Leigh wrote:I am also excited about getting to sit with my favorite online people to pick brains and share ideas and get input. I'm half starved for that kind of thing here. I have failed to find good writing groups in my hometown.
Sommer Leigh wrote:And for those of you considering coming but aren't sure - oh please do! Do try! You've got LOTS of time to plan and if you can pick a bransforumer to room with it'll be quite cheap for a week in Vegas.
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