Nebraska Novel Retreat

A week ago I attended the Nebraska Novel Retreat, brainchild of Nancy Wagner (N.L. Sharp), just outside of Schuyler, Neb. This retreat was the culmination of a year-long three-part retreat series focusing on writing novels for middle grade and young adult readers.

As I mentioned in my previous post about the retreat, the highlight of this final session was spending time with two children’s literary agents who taught classes and critiqued our manuscripts.

I love writing conferences and retreats, but my writing has improved the most from participating in retreats. And this retreat series has been the most intensive and challenging one I’ve ever done.

It wasn’t all work, though. I’ve become friends with the other attendees over the past year, so it was fun to chat with them. And, since the weather was perfect, I spent a lot of time outside admiring the scenery, soaking up the sunshine, and listening to the wind blow through the prairie grasses.

A walking path

A walking path at the St. Benedict Retreat Center–photos by Deb Watley

 

This reminds me of the opening of the Little House on the Prairie television series.

This reminds me of the opening of the Little House on the Prairie television series.

 

Where do you go to improve your craft or experience mental refreshment?

One comment

  1. Steve Arnold

    I was really glad to finally get to meet you in person at the retreat; I am eager to see how your novel develops over the coming months.

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