The most rewarding elements of the retreat yesterday came after the ‘Character Building’ workshop when at least three of the attendees tried out my character profiling suggestion on their works-in-progress. They said they found the exercise very useful, and that the profiles will help them build their final stories.
That really as all I could ask for. In the evening I read a poem and a couple of short stories – “Park’n’Ride” and “Downsizing” – which are a good length and always seem to go down well.
A little work on “C” filled out the rest of the day.
Today there are two workshops: ‘Dialogue & Monologue’ and ‘Planning’. It would be great to get the same kind of response as yesterday. Interspersed with those are some more 1-2-1s – and the final workshop may well be followed by a group viewing of the Grand National! This evening it’s the turn of the attendees to read something of their own, and hopefully most of them will.
If I get a suitable slot I’ll try and do a little of my own work, but time’s tighter today…
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