July 4, 2011

SCBWI-IL Retreat

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccassello @ 8:27 pm

I haven’t had much news to report about my writing.  I’m not keeping up with the writing websites I subscribe to and have not done a lot of writing since my last entry.  I did, however, write another poem which I shared with my poetry group and they all liked it.  I haven’t tried submitting it anywhere yet.  I am not inclined toward Poetry Magazine because they have not taken any of the ones I have submitted thus far and it is another rhyming poem.  I am just starting to revise a book manuscript I sent in to my ICL course, which would be the second about the same character.  I did get the comments back from my instructor but I also want feedback from writers who will be at the SCBWI-IL Words by the Lake Retreat in Springfield, IL this weekend.  It will be similar to  one we were on earlier this year  but the retreat center is a little more elaborate with toilets in the rooms, it is on a lake and the organizers have done a little more scheduling for us.  It will begin Friday night and end Sunday afternoon.  I am looking forward to it.  One of the things that was organized is a time for us to get together in small groups, to share our work with one another and discuss them.  There are six of us doing work for young children so they divided us into two groups to make it easier to share.  We were asked to email each other the work we want to have critiqued so we can get some ideas of what we want to say before we get there.  I’m planning to take an Amtrak train to Champaign/Urbana and bus from there with another participant.  There is track work being done so they have to bus us to Springfield from Champaign/Urbana.  I will have more to say in this blog when I return.

I am also preparing my belly dance for the senior talent show.  This will be the second time I will dance for it.  The dates are July 20 and 21.  I am hoping my aunt will be able to come.  We were only allowed two tickets apiece because they need to have room for people who are not friends and relatives of the cast but come to the center and want to see the show.  Our director said there is a possibility if there is a big demand for tickets we would have our family and friends come for one of the dress rehearsals instead.  I got a ticket for each day though just in case we don’t.


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