Michelle Town, one of our guests at The Writing Retreat in November 2015, has written this account of her week, which we are delighted to share.
So, once again, I was back at Rosemerryn. Once again, the house welcomed me with an all-enveloping warmth. Once again, I was surrounded by people that I didn’t know very well, but, once again, I knew we had a love of the written word in common.
What did I want to achieve from the Retreat? I’ve always been able to tell a tale, like bards of old, but I’ve never learnt how to do it properly. I knew that Kath and Jane were the ones I needed.
To me, ‘Structure’ was an anathema. An obscure concept that I was sure my tiny mind couldn’t get to grips with. It only took a workshop on the film ‘Jaws’ for me to begin to understand. You had to be there to get the joke but, believe me, we’re going to need a bigger boat!
I really enjoyed meeting Emily Barr, the guest writer, who facilitated one of the workshops. She challenged us to write as short a story as possible, known as flash fiction, and to help us start, gave each of us a random object. I was given a railcard and this was my response:
She picked up the railcard and read the name with interest. She liked to put a name to a face. It made it more fun – more personal even. Putting the card in her pocket, that’s when she noticed the spot on the toe of her shoe. Damn, she thought, that’ll stain. Blood’s a bugger to get out of suede.
Make of that what you will.
The Writing Retreat has helped me realise that maybe I do have a smidgen of talent and I hope to build on all that I have learnt. Next step? Look out Penguin, here I come!