Nov 11, 2010

Authors Incognito Retreat

photo by Christine Weston Bryant
 By Susan G. Haws

I just got back from the Authors Incognito retreat in Park City, Utah. The AI group welcomed me even though I am not a member of Authors Incognito. The weather was perfect, just cool enough to let me know I wasn't in Arizona anymore. The Cabin had all the conveniences of home, with a rustic appeal; but, the only wild life we saw was a doe browsing nearby while we ate lunch.
It turned out the cabin owners had double booked our retreat with a mouse convention so sometimes there was a room conflict and a literal stepping on toes. We and the mice made do.

The organizers can be proud. The accommodations were appropriate, there was plenty of delicious food, and the people were great.  Everyone pitched in for meals and clean up.  There were a lot of volunteers for carpooling.  Karen Hoover was kind enough to pick me up at the airport and get me back. The ride was a big help.

With November being national novel writing month NaNoWriMo goals loomed for group members. We had timed writing contests and total writing awards to help motivate us. There were prizes for night owls and early risers.  There were slow pokes like me and writers with keys of fire, but, all writers were intent on their lap tops. 

I asked more than my share of questions but everyone was generous with their time and experience. It was fun to put faces to names I recognized from the internet as well as meet many more people.  It  was a blessing to be able to attend the retreat and I hope I can make it to one of  our ANWA retreats next year. 


  1. Susan, it sounds like so much fun. I am glad you got to go. I wonder what the mice thought of all the keyboarding going on.

  2. What a wonderful event. I'm glad you got to go and have such fun. Too bad the owners double-booked, but I guess it could have been worse. Bears might not have been as accommodating as the mice were.

  3. I'm so glad you got the chance to get away and what better place than a writers retreat!

  4. I'm so glad you got the chance to get away and what better place than a writers retreat!

  5. Thank you for your encouragement. It was nice to have a writing vacation.


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