A Writer’s Colony Lesson You Can Apply to You Career (Even If You’re Not a Writer)

September 10, 2012

When you're at a writer's colony, time moves differently. It moves more slowly, more smoothly. And it stretches out, so 10 days feels like a month. That's partly because of the solitude. If you're not used to spending time alone, in silence, with only crickets for company, 10 days can feel like a long time. […]

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Bursting Hearts at Hambidge

September 7, 2012

Since I’m taking time off from my Google Reader while at a writer’s residency, Writer’s Roundup is on hiatus this week. That feature will be back next Friday. Instead, I bring you a photo of a plant that’s blooming near my writer’s studio. (Forgive the quality; I took this on my phone!) I’ve heard it’s […]

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Escaping to Hambidge, My Favorite Writer’s Colony

September 3, 2012

I’m back in beautiful Rabun Gap, Georgia, for a 10-day writer’s residency at The Hambidge Center. Here’s the studio in the woods where I’ll be writing for the next week: Oh, and I love this shot of the path I walk whenever I want dinner or Internet access: If you’ve read this blog for a […]

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Cooper, The Lucky Dog, does D.C.

June 27, 2011

“D.C. was GREAT! They’ve got dirty, old chicken bones on the sidewalk, just waiting to be eaten! Sometimes they’re hidden, but if you scrounge around in the weeds a little, you’re sure to find a snack. And lots of new people to fool into giving you extra bones! Oh, and the dogs! A new friend […]

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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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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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