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Writing Retreats: What Will You Learn And Achieve At A Creative Writing Retreat?

By Nellie Ford

What is it that makes good writing stand out? The tone of good writing usually sounds like a person speaking in their natural voice. It sounds like someone you might know, speaking to you about something they love.

Writing well asks you to master the divine dichotomy – the meridian you hold between fierce attentiveness and reckless abandon. Learn more about that in the safety of a creative writing workshop, or even a writing retreat in a peaceful and beautiful location.

Often when you write, what matters most is how you do the telling. The voice you use is probably the most important thing in a short story, poem or novel. Think of ‘voice’ as something that sits above the narrative; something magical that springs from the writer’s words. Of course the plot, the setting and the rest all count, but it’s the telling that makes the greatest impression on the reader. Think of when you attempt to tell a friend about a good book. It’s often that extra ‘something’ that you have difficulty conveying once you’ve described the story. That’s the voice.

David Malouf has said that we keep reading books we love not so much to find out what happens next, but because we can’t bear to break the spell of the writer’s voice. And I have a feeling he knows what he’s talking about.

Learning to write well means finding the ability to write as if you are talking – but not the everyday you – the you from way down deep. Your own voice needs to come from within you and then its naturalness and honesty will shine through. But many writers struggle to find their own voice and struggle even harder to get that voice down on paper. Developing the writer’s tool-bag of techniques such as sentence craft and rhythm will help your natural voice come through and at a writing retreat these are the things you will concentrate on.

“Writing,” said John Updike, “is only reading turned inside out.” You learn most of what you need to know about how to write like no one but yourself by reading well. So you may often find yourself reading, as well as writing, in a masterclass.

Dreaming is another important skill of the writer. “Writing is dreaming with a pen in its hand.” A quote from Mark Tredinnick who knows that the dreaming will take you to a place deep inside yourself and from there the writing will flow. At a retreat there will be peace and tranquility for just such dreaming and putting your dreams on paper.

Looking for some peace and tranquility? Paradise Courses runs writing retreats in beautiful Fiji. There are many running throughout the year, so visitParadise Courses and start dreaming.

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