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Writing at high altitudes

We’re back from our eleventh annual writer’s getaway in Grand Lake, and we’ve heard the verdict: People came home with a new sense of oomph, a healthy exhaustion, and a profound tolerance for water, wine and, in some cases, Ransick-mixed Margaritas, which were rumored to make one’s face go numb.

hike and write

a crew of writers on Bill Henderson's Hike-n-Write. Make sure to stretch if you try this at home.

From the people I talked to, about 40 of them, everyone wrote a lot while we were up there. Most are somewhere in the middle, but among participants we had everyone from published, best-selling writers to absolute beginners. No informal caste systems emerged. No one challenged anyone else to a spoken word rumble.  We did see quite a few bonds form, heard some awesome readings, took workshops on everything from how Hitchcock can change your writing to close reading. Friendly debates emerged as we discussed this year’s books: Nabokov’s Speak, Memory; Mike Henry’s No Stranger Than My Own; Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth; and, just for giggles, Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road.  On movie night, Alexandre Philippe deconstructed Hitchcock’s Rope. We stormed member Sheila Wright’s lovely home on the lake for a reprise of last year’s “cocktails and star gazing” party. She and hubby Roscoe Hill are Lighthouse faves forever. Thanks to Marcela Giusiano-Bird and her hubby Ian, too, for the clerico. (Think sangria with white wine: Fruity goodness.)

We’ve set dates for next year’s romp: July 11 – 16, 2010.  Be there or be bereft of the most inspiring week of the year.  And don’t forget to enter the Lighthouse “touch a moose” contest.  This year’s winner received an all-expense-paid camping trip with LH faculty member William Haywood Henderson, who insisted that the winner carry both backpacks.

The moose that came to Shadowcliff for breakfast. Did a freewrite and left.

The moose that came to Shadowcliff for breakfast. Did a freewrite and left.

5 comments on “Writing at high altitudes

  1. Pingback: Writing at high altitudes « The Lighthouse Writers Blog | Home - lighthouses

  2. Jan Erickson
    July 22, 2009

    I have been avoiding these reports because I am glum and annoyed at myself for not going. So. Next year. The pennies are going into the piggy bank now.

    How cool — what a great week! All of it.


  3. J Diego
    July 22, 2009

    I keep checking this page to make sure some mistake hadn’t been made and that actually we’re all supposed to go up there again next week…

  4. andreadupree
    July 22, 2009

    Jan — it’ll only be better with you there.

    J Diego — we’re heading up tomorrow. Meet ya on the way at Dairy King in Empire!

  5. carleen
    July 23, 2009

    I hope I get to go next year!

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