Ok, I must stop doing everything else including trying to keep up with my blogger friends’ posts and write my own post.
“Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing
To write about ourselves in a way that touches others and reminds them of our fundamental connectedness we must be willing to take a leap — with all our passion, fear, and longing — into the fire.”
What a great experience…meeting wonderful people, enjoying great food, and learning more about writing and the writing life.
June 1st ~ about 4:45 pm I finally arrived at the Rowe Camp & Conference Center and parked in the gravel parking area by the Farmhouse where I had a bed in a dorm room upstairs. The dorms had bunk beds, and thankfully I got there in time to get one of the lower bunks. I love the entrance to the Farmhouse with a rocking chair front porch with rockers and a couple of benches. Once in the front door there is a little foyer with two rocking chairs in front of a mural painted wall.
I went to the desk to register and as I looked to the right into the large room, like a big living room with a piano and a great fireplace. Some of the attendees were already gathered with coffee in hand and chatting. Once I dumped my bags on my bed I went down to join the others.
Of course I had to get a cup of coffee first. As many of us milled around in the living room; a few out on the back deck and one or two walking around the property, there was a lot of networking and interesting conversation going on. Then the hors d’oevres came out. Most of us took a little plate and made our choices, which we enjoyed while we continued to chat.
Between 7 and 7:30 PM we were called into the dining room where we stood in a circle around the edges of the room. The facilitator introduced herself and explained the process for the weekend, house rules, and where we would meet up after dinner. We took our seats, wherever we wanted. Then the chef and a couple of his helpers came out with the bowls and plates of food on trolleys. The chef introduced himself and explained what was for dinner and finished with a cheerful “enjoy.” This was done before each meal over the weekend. Although they don’t serve any meat, poultry, or fish it didn’t matter. The food was amazing. It was all healthy and delicious. Each meal included either homemade bread or muffins; and homemade desserts.
After enjoying the delicious food and conversations with those at our tables it was off to the Rug Room in another building, a short walk up the road. This was the official opening session with a welcome message and orientation, contributors’ notes, and author reading.