Jan 16, 2012

First Writers' Retreat

Infuse[d] Arts hosted its first Writers' Retreat on Saturday, January 14 from 8:00 am - 12 pm. Nineteen writers attended the "two-in-one" retreat: work on a writing project or meet with others in a more structured, prompt-driven, intimate group. I'd say it was about 50/50.

The connecting time as a whole group was inspiring. The project people shared what they are working on which lead to great conversation. The group writers' time was powerful and we saw God moving in big ways around that large table.

In my next post, I'll feature the video I showed to kick off the morning. It's a thing of beauty and many people shared that it really touched them deeply. It was just a really sweet sweet morning.

The biggest request I saw from the evaluations is the desire for a full day retreat. A close second was "can we have a retreat each month?" At this point, the retreats will be every other month (I'll looking for a date in March) and it will be a full day. So be prepared for lots of inspiration, connecting with other writers, big chunks of time to write and times to share. We learn so much from one another.

The desire you have in your heart to write is a desire placed there by God Himself. It's easy to listen to the all the negative "voices" that say you can't write, you shouldn't write, who's going to read your stuff, what you want to write has been written about a thousand times before. But if you quiet yourself before your Creator, Father God, He will surely tell you that He has given you a one-of-a-kind voice, a unique style, and a passion to communicate something of importance. Listen for His still small voice of encouragement, of love, and inspiration. May His voice be the prominent voice you hear as you continue your journey as a writer in this life.

Check back to this blog for details on March Writers' Retreat.

Grace & peace,

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