Welcome to Day 23 of this year's A to Z Blog Challenge where --
As many of my longtime blog readers know, I belong to my local chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Although north of the border, Canada boasts six RWA chapters, including mine -- Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada.
We represent writers focusing on careers in commercial romantic fiction, from the four Atlantic Provinces:
Nova Scotia (29 writers)
New Brunswick (2 writers)
Prince Edward Island (1 almost-returned-home writer in transition from Nova Scotia)
Newfoundland and Labrador (2 writers)
We also have 1 Nova Scotia-based writer living in the United States, but still part of our chapter.
We meet once a month, with the exception of July and August, first informally for lunch (my favorite part!) and then formally for a business meeting, followed by a workshop on either the craft of writing, the business of writing or the writing life (my second favorite part!)
Once a year, our chapter also holds an event which has become the high point of our year -- the fall writing retreat.
It takes place at a rented cottage about two hours from Halifax along the province's South Shore. We start arriving on the Friday, embark on the retreat and wrap it all up by lunchtime on the Sunday.
So why do we start dreaming of the next year's retreat, the moment we pack up to make the drive home?
Here's a look back at the retreats in which I've taken part, for the past nine years.
We normally have the keys, open up the cottage, turn on the heat and wait for the other RWACers to arrive.