A poet lays a poem by my breakfast plate . . . a student’s reading moves me to tears . . . my class erupts in laughter at what is now a shared joke . . . a farm bell summons us to classes and meals… and always there is the beauty of the wooded campus and the pleasure of being surrounded by like minds -- others whose joy it is to play with words.
Faculty like Ron Rash and Phebe Davis. . .
Beautiful surroundings in which to socialize. . . or be alone with your hula hoops. . .
A faculty room much more interesting than the one you remember from high school . . .
Somebody else doing the cooking . . .
High atop the Blue Ridge Mountains, just off the Parkway . . . they call it the magic mountain.
I taught Commercial Fiction -- a grueling two hours a day with one day off. Back in June, each of the
We were dealing with all sorts of popular fiction -- thriller, sci-fi, chick lit, women's fiction, mystery, relationship stories -- and I was impressed with the level of writing and with the excellent critiques that emerged from our combined wisdom.
A lot of time was spent just hanging out. . .
There were faculty readings and student readings . . . but it wasn't all work; there was considerable silliness.
Hollywood Night brought out some amazing characters. . .
many of whom, I'd thought deceased. . .
Michael Jackson made an appearance --
Groucho and Harpo looked on . . . and Marilyn was ravishing. . .
But wait! There's more! The final night was given over to skits and many an inside joke . . . The Gong Show is a yearly tradition and there's a whole room full of costumes, wigs, and props of various ilks.
A week at Wildacres Writing Workshop is an opportunity to hone one’s craft, to delight in the art of others, to sit at table with strangers who quickly become friends.
A little like summer camp with the bells, the communal meals, the skits, and the dress up night . . .
A little like beach week with the sense of having escaped from care and the jello shots, loud music, and dancing on the patio till the wee hours . . .
And a little like Shangri-la, a place apart where wisdom can be found -- the Wildacres experience is probably slightly different for each attendee.
I highly recommend it.