was a magical weekend. L. D.
am so happy that I did not let my insecurities keep me away. It was the perfect
mix of people and, of course, Irene was great. J.B.
an inveterate writing workshop participant, I know a rare thing happened this
weekend - all of us were placed in the hands of an enormously gifted teacher and
intuitive group leader who also happens to be a fabulous writer. It was magical.
Irene created an environment that was firmly defined - critiquing was honest,
direct and heartfelt, but always offered with kindness and respect. Writers took
huge risks and made incredible leaps in their work. The support given to each
writer was solid and abundant but never patronizing. The format was perfect -
enough time in each of the sessions for everyone to be heard and enough space
in-between for writing and/or hanging out. Irene was generous in making her free
time available to meet individually with participants. D.G.
needs were met head on and I far surpassed my goals. Never one to consider myself
a team player, I found the group experience incredibly powerful and motivating.
Seeing everyone's progress in such a short time, under Irene's direction, was
truly amazing. D.D.
have already shared finished products of the retreat with several audiences-this
within 10 days of the retreat. The contact with other writers, isolation of the
site without undue distractions, the different levels of expertise and experience
of the group, the perceptive workshop leader and more, served to inspire and encourage
all of us. D.E.R.
thanks for sharing Beaver Meadow Lodge with the 2008 Adirondack Writers' Retreat