Next week I'm leaving for a wonderful small get-together with a group of writers to brainstorm our current projects. We met last year in Matera, Italy as a spin-off group from the Women's Fiction Festival (WFF), also held in Matera. About 20 of us were together for four days, each taking a turn to present our work, frustrations, hitches in plots and characters and whatever else struck us as important. It was completely "your" time. So, that meant the entire group focused on how to help you out of whatever corner you'd painted yourself into. The genres were all over the place.
The days began early and ran late with lunches, dinners, time in the whirlpool and walks through the sassi mixed in. We didn't stop talking about writing and publishing. Well, except for taking time to find more and more about each other.
Over the year we have continued our discussions and our mutual support on a private Yahoo loop. These folks have become friends as we've talked about our work, our families, and even our new homes.
Next week is our second brainstorming session in Matera. Again led by the wonderful and talented Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency.
I'll be posting from Matera next week. Be sure to check out the WFF site. It's definitely one of the best conferences out there. And, as I found, has spun off into a great group of fellow writers ready to support each other.