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Member Dispatch: Standing Together

by Dianne Lorang


A statue at Shadowcliff.

A statue at Shadowcliff.

Although I gained a lot of writing tools along with finding oodles of opportunities to write and share, the most important element I left Lighthouse’s Grand Lake Retreat with is that I am not alone in the often isolated life of a writer.

The photo to the left is of statuary outside the office of Shadowcliff Lodge where most retreat participants stayed. This to me represented how I felt more and more as the week went on due to the encouragement and lack of competitiveness I felt in the classes and reading sessions.

I was amazed at how good the writers were — if I hadn’t known, most of the time, I wouldn’t have been able to tell the students apart from the teachers. This showed me that in a creative, supportive environment, anyone with the true soul of a writer, and the desire to practice the craft, can write well.

If you live in the Denver area, I recommend that you look into taking classes at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and if you want to stretch yourself even further, I recommend that you participate in its special events where you will actually (gulp) have to mingle and converse with other writers. I went to the Grand Lake Retreat alone and came away part of a community.



Standing Together




The life of a writer

Or once I thought




The life of a writer

Or once I thought




The life of a writer

Or once I thought –

Then I reached out to other

Writers and listened to

Their words –




The life of a writer

Who has community.



One comment on “Member Dispatch: Standing Together

  1. Jenny Itell
    July 25, 2013

    Dianne–thanks so much for this lovely post! I love what you have to say about community, and also, I’ve been going to Grand Lake for years, walking by that collection of log people without thinking much about it, and you just gave it new meaning : )

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