Off to My Writing Retreat

For the next four and a half days, I will be on a writing retreat–my first ever. I’ve wanted to do this for about a decade, so it’s a pretty big deal.

There is no Internet, so I will have no contact. I won’t be able to read your blog posts, comment, or reply.

When I return, I’ll post photos and news from the trip.

What am I writing?

Primarily, I’ll be working on two book projects: DRUYAN and IRONCLAD. Both are supposed to be released by September 30 for Words in the Park, and both are behind schedule. This is my chance to set things right. Both need to have some content completed, followed by revision and editing.

I’ll also be looking over a skydiving article that I may submit to the Canada 150 Book Project. My travel article, “Two Provinces, Three Weeks, 101 Experiences,” has already been submitted and accepted. July 1st this year is Canada’s 150th birthday.

Where am I going?

The 2017 retreat will be at Strawberry Creek Lodge in Alberta. I can’t wait to get pictures!

While I’m on radio silence, check out my April and May Update post, including our recent books event and upcoming summer and September highlights. Below is a photograph from Canmore, looking toward the Rocky Mountains. This is not the location of the writing retreat, but it’s one of our popular vacation destinations in Alberta.

Talk to you soon.

© Gvictoria | – Welcome to Alberta sign – Canmore

The retreat

Writers’ Retreat 2017: Strawberry Creek Lodge (added May 23)

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction, fantasy, and paranormal, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning disorders and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in the Great Lakes region of Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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10 Responses to Off to My Writing Retreat

  1. notamigrant says:

    enjoy your retreat -something i can only dream about at the moment but one day….!

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  2. jlennidorner says:

    That’s my kind of vacation!!!
    Hope you have a great time.
    Something special from me to you is on my blog. Fun for when you return.

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  3. JJAzar says:

    Have fun! Can’t wait to see pictures and hear about it!

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  4. I am so wanting to do something like this when I get to the end of the current draft (#3) of the novel in progress and am ready to start draft #4. It’s hard to see 400+ pages as a whole when my writing time is about two hours a day and work, life, politics, and (yeah) social media keep intruding. Unless I find a retreat that (a) I can afford, and (b) will let me bring my dog, it’s going to have to be an at-home retreat. We’ll see!

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    • Exactly! A person needs the uninterrupted continuity. You may get more done at home. I did that once to finish a 100,000-word book. Just as you say, a person can’t see the whole accurately when it’s all broken up like that. It needs to be a continuous marathon, and I found the best time for that was when stitching together and finishing the first complete draft. This is something I did chronologically so there would be no errors or confusion in sequencing. I was also able to thread in the foreshadow and refine characters as they went through growth and changes. During this time, the whole novel “gelled” as a unit.


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