Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Writer's Holiday



I’m basking in the after glow of a fabulous week. No, I haven’t just returned from Paris, Hawaii or Prague. Instead, I’ve just completed a jam-packed week of seminars, critiques and classes with The Humber School for Writers.
This annual seven day program is described as “Jet fuel for the literary mind.” It didn’t disappoint. With prominent writers such as Elizabeth Abbott, David Bezmozgis, Wayson Choy, Anthony DeSa, Bruce Jay Friedman, Mary Gaitskill, Annabel Lyon, Alistair MacLeod, Richard Scrimger, Olive Senior, Marsha Skrypuch, Miriam Toews and M. G. Vassanji, an enlightening week was guaranteed. Sessions by successful agents and publishers were also extremely helpful. Pictured above is Anne Collins from Random House Canada and author Annabel Lyon.

It didn’t hurt that the included lunches were nutritional and delicious.

The combination of great teachers, a beautiful campus, fabulous food and kindred spirits, made this the perfect writers vacation. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat.

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