Writing on Retreat

Black-capped Chickadee saluting winter. Photo: Shelley Banks

Black-capped Chickadee saluting winter.
Photo: Shelley Banks

I’m fortunate to be attending a writers and artists retreat at St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, Saskatchewan.

The retreat is a joint program of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and CARFAC Saskatchewan, and it attracts a wide range of talented people from across Canada.

I’m in my second week, focusing on poetry — I’ve finally wrapped up my first manuscript, and have started on a second project.

I’m also working on a few short fiction pieces and, in the breaks from writing, I’m exploring the great photo ops. (So far in this wonderful place, I’ve seen deer and Great Horned Owls, heard coyotes, and taken pictures of chickadees, redpolls, nuthatches and White-winged Crossbills.)

Three more days. A short time left, but I know I’m very lucky to have this luxury of time to write — and explore.