“I’ve always felt that my ‘style’—the careful projection onto paper of who I think I am—was my only marketable asset, the only possession that might set me apart from other writers.” ---William Zinsser

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Writing Well and the Writer's Life--Loving Words

Well-chosen words and the life of a writer stimulate the imagination and the spirit. Arrive in Lakeside in the afternoon for porch rocking, street walking, and lake gazing to awaken your muse and start writing. After dinner, write from the heart with writing-from-life prompts. On Saturday morning, Deanna Adams, our writer-in-residence for the weekend, will show us how to breathe life into our fiction and non-fiction. Afterwards, Claudia will lead a writing craft workshop based on William Zinsser's On Writing Well. Later in the afternoon, share your words and writing quandaries during our roundtable. At eventide, imagine possibilities for a writing life in an Artist’s Way interlude. Wake up to yoga by the Lake on Sunday morning followed by Deanna’s words of encouragement as we leave the retreat and go out into the world.

Lakeside’s motto—"nurturing mind, body and spirit"—is a perfect description for the focus of our retreat-by-the-lake. Idlewyld Bed & Breakfast is a century home with a big porch, the perfect place for muse chasing, quiet contemplation, listening to and writing words, stimulating conversation, and timeless walks. Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch, and Sunday breakfast will be served.
The cost is $115 for the entire weekend if you reserve your space by August 31. The room rates are on the Idlewyld website at www.idlewyldbb.com/. Send me an e-mail at ctallerwrites@wowway.com for more information.

A Winding Road - Writing

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My book, "Ohio's Lake Erie Wineries," an Arcadia production, explores the history of island and lakeshore wineries from the mid-1800s through today. I write travel, memoir, profiles, book reviews, local interest articles, and fiction. My writing is always of discovery--whether it's journaling, book reviewing, letter writing, or sharing an experience of life. I have written two novels and am working on a third novel and a memoir. I am passionate about sharing what life has to offer with others. "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron woke me up to a sense of possibility--life is too short not be enjoyed by living deeply and well. I created Igniting Possibilities, a conduit for creativity workshops and events, in the hope of guiding others to realize their full potential. The Word Lover's Retreats at Lakeside, Ohio's Chautauqua community, help writers find their voice and direction.