Writers’ colonies

Goodbye Hambidge! Back to the real world.

October 4, 2010

In two weeks at The Hambidge Center, a writer's colony in northern Georgia, I accomplished every one of my goals. I wrote a handful of personal essays and guest blog posts. I re-read Tristine Rainer's Your Life as Story (read my review) to help me refine my story arc. I tweaked my book proposal to […]

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How times have changed

October 3, 2010

There's a tradition here at Hambidge that each fellow signs her name, plus her medium — whether she’s an artist, writer, composer, etc. — on the cutting board in her studio. It's fun to look at the boards and see who has worked in your studio years before you arrived. Last year, I blogged about […]

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Finding inspiration at an artist’s residency

October 1, 2010

This week I’m sharing with you what it’s like to work at a writer’s colony. The best part is the solitude. The second best part? The people. Last Friday night, all seven artists at Hambidge took time away from our work to be inspired — by each other. We walked from one studio to the […]

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The most important thing I did before my residency

September 29, 2010

I took a month-long break from my manuscript. Because now that I’m back to work at Hambidge, I’m seeing my book with fresh eyes. Sometimes the best things you can do for your writing are also the simplest.

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The view from my run this morning

September 28, 2010

Can’t write all the time. Gotta take time out for running.

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What’s it like at a writer’s colony?

September 27, 2010

It’s difficult to find information online about what it’s like to go to a writer’s colony. Sure, most colonies like MacDowell, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Yaddo have their own website. And several organizations like the Alliance of Artists Communities and blogs like Mira’s List are dedicated to helping writers and artists fund […]

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Organizing my Internet life to minimize my online time

September 22, 2010

I’m back at The Hambidge Center, in a studio with no Internet access. (New to this blog? Check out some of the posts I’ve written about the artist’s colony.) Having no Internet access is good because it helps me focus on my book; I get so much more done when I can’t click over to […]

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My goals for a two-week writer’s residency

September 21, 2010

I’m on my way to northern Georgia for two weeks at The Hambidge Center, an artists’ colony I’ve written about a lot on this blog. Two weeks of solitude and reflection! Two weeks of connecting with other creative spirits! Two weeks of daily walks in the woods! And most importantly, two weeks of working on […]

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When you feel lost, look out for your lifeline

September 6, 2010

The universe has a way of throwing us a lifeline when we need one. Not long after I blogged about feeling lost — and got so many encouraging comments from you all — an e-mail appeared in my inbox from The Hambidge Center. Does the name ring a bell? Hambidge is the artist’s colony where […]

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The dilemma of the lucky dog, Cooper

March 24, 2010

I’m an accidental dog owner. Cooper found me six months ago in the woods of my writer’s residency in Georgia, when he was a starving, matted stray. I didn’t adopt him because I wanted a dog. I adopted him because he needed a home, and I knew what would happen to him if I didn’t. […]

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