Group Photo from 1st Annual Springfed Writers' Retreat, Harbor Springs,
October 11, 2008.
(Photo by Charlie Auringer)
Jeffire Chimes in on Springfed
John Jeffire, SA-MDW member attended the 1st Annual Springfed Writers’
Retreat, October 9-12, at The Birchwood Inn, Harbor Springs. He writes,
“…I can tell you I’m ready to go again next year.
The bonuses? Well, the setting is gorgeous (we stayed at the Birchwood
Inn overlooking Lake Michigan), right when the leaves are turning color
and the air begins to bite back. Most important, though, is the
chance to commune with some fantastic staff members and receive individual
critique. I was teamed up with novelist Jack Driscoll for a 30-minute
session, and I came away with a number of solid ideas for revision.
Jack’s comments were cogent, thoughtful, and honest, and the chapter
of my novel he reviewed was covered with more correction ink than a tenth
grader’s first thesis!
The $656 cost covers three nights and four days at the Inn and all but
one meal (we did one fancy dinner on our own). The faculty included
novelists Driscoll and Christopher Knight, poets M.L. Liebler, Cornelius
Eady, and Maria Mazzagotti Gillan, playwright Sandra Seaton, and songwriter
Michael Smith. Director John D. Lamb puts his heart into making
the weekend a productive one, and I learned as much from my fellow students
(some of whom were immensely talented) as from the instructors. “
photos from 2008 Springfed Writers’ Retreat