This year I decided to take a chance and do something that I haven’t given myself the luxury to indulge in. Earlier in the year, I saw a couple of writers tweet and blog about writing residencies and how much of a benefit they were to attend. After researching different residencies, I decided that Hedgebrook, a global community of women writers, would be perfect for me. They are a wonderful organization that awards 2 to 6 week residencies on rural Whidbey island off of Washington State throughout the year. I’ve been to Orcas Island and it’s just so beautiful. The application process involves sending a writing sample and submitting short essays to their questions. I didn’t really think I’d get the residency because, well, I just don’t think I’ll get those kinds of things. There are so many amazing writers out there, the competition is fierce.
Well, I won one!
So at the end of June, beginning of July 2014 I will be leaving for two weeks to solely focus on my writing. No children. No husband. No internet. No responsibilities except to write and think and create and stare and take beautiful walks.
I am so grateful for the opportunity!
And I am thankful for the fellow writers who posted blog entries and tweeted about their own experiences because without them, I wouldn’t have considered taking this much time out for myself and my art.
So if you are reading this and looking for encouragement, please consider this post yours.